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How Whitney Houston saved my life

Whitney Houston's songs helped many find hope in recovering from drug addiction, a problem she suffered with over the years.

Attachment or authenticity: which would you choose?

When you accept your real self, does the need for addictions and dependency disappear?

5 tips for avoiding holiday stress and over indulgence

Number one. Lower your expectations - especially if you are a perfectionist. Lower the bar of perfection you may have set for yourself, and see if you can't enjoy the holidays as much – and perhaps...

Plywood + Ink = New Hope for Vancouver

If you are a hockey fan – and unless you live under a rock – you would know that the Vancouver Canucks played their first game of the season on October 6, 2011. Even though this would be a momentous...

Get out of my pocket, Uncle Sam

U.S. tax law hits Canadians with a sledgehammer.

Amy Winehouse: "No, no, no," to rehab

I’ve seen Amy Winehouse perform on TV several times over the past few years – and I was always amazed at how much her voice reminded me of Janis Joplin’s.  I was a big Janis fan back in the...

It was 24 years ago today

…and if Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play my tune today, it would be a victory march. But it could have been a funeral march.

Creating the Wall of Hope

Today I received an extraordinary email from Canucks fan Ward Grant. In case you missed seeing him interviewed on TV, Ward is the man who started Vancouver’s “Wall of Hope” – after feeling so angry...

After Vancouver riots, signs of gratitude shown to Vancouver Police

In the wake of the  heartbreaking riots here in  Vancouver after the Stanley Cup hockey finals, citizens gathered in an impromptu fashion to thank police officers -– the men and women who,...

The morning after: shame on WHO??

This August will mark 30 years since I intentionally and consciously made Vancouver my home. Throughout these years, I have always been very happy about that decision – until the hockey game was...
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