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New Normal

The first half of this year has shown the world how vulnerable it is to powers greater than the people who think they run it. Disease has reared its ugly head, in all of its forms, and the afflicted are trying to move into their “new normal”. Forces outside the control of the masses are bringing peo...
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Ride of my Life

If you know me, you know that I am a calm, level-headed and pragmatic person. Life, up until 4 years ago, came and went and I took it all in stride and was grateful for the affordances granted me, even after losing my dad. I am a problem solver and am resourceful, qualities I owe to my dad’s teachin...
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Check your Meds

My intention for this weekend was to write a post about the holidays, how difficult they can be when you are grieving etc etc. While this is still an important message, something came up yesterday that knocked me off my feet. A news report broke with the story of a mom who almost gave her baby a dos...
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Happy new year!

No, it’s not the calendar new year, but for those who have school aged children or those who are educators, the day after Labour Day signifies the start of a new dawn in most of Canada. In many ways, Tuesday after Labour Day presents some of the same January rituals for example, going to the gym, or...
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Peanuts

If you are like me, you had a childhood full of family. My mom is one of 5 and my dad was one of 7. My kids, at one time, had more great-grandparents alive, than grandparents, as both my dad and Al's dad passed away when Sam was just little, and 3/4 of my grandparents lived until their 90s. As a ...
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Practice makes Perfect

Our brains are wired differently from one another, this is a given and a blessing. If we were all wired the same way, life would be mundane and one dimensional. Our bodies are equally varied. As a teacher, we learn that people take in information in a variety of ways: visually, by listening, some le...
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An open letter

To my sweet, sweet boy,   It is hard to comprehend that 3 years has passed since you left this place. The events of that morning left such a scar in our hearts that we didn’t think it would ever heal over and there are days, like today, when it feels that way.   Sam and I just ...
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Perspective

I have been trying to start this post for nearly a month. Things have been super busy and I am finally getting around to it. And the longer I wait to write it, the more evidence builds toward proving the point I want to make. I have always been a realist and pragmatist. Things need to make sense ...
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Resolution

It's that time of year: top news stories, biggest hits, best gossip, most retweets and Gram followers. In my default mode - read corny - I think to myself, "Wait a minute, let's stop and think of the positive outcomes of 2018." I gave my first keynote speech and met hundreds of new people, helped se...
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Keep Moving

“Today’s goal: Remind yourself that you are not betraying your grief by feeling joy. You are not being graded, and you do not receive extra credit for being miserable 100% of the time. Find pockets of relief, even happiness, when and where you can. Keep moving.” Maggie Smith via Twitter @maggiesm...
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