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Ooops -- oh well! : The antidote to perfectionism

One of my spiritual teachers used to talk about the futility of trying to be perfect as a human being.  When she made a mistake, she would immediately say -- with a dollop of amusement --“Ooops...

Relationship choice points

Have you ever felt the temptation to not deal with things? I find that it’s especially tempting to not deal with issues in relationships when they come up – especially the ones where I feel shamed...

Grieving with Japan

Four days since the earthquake and tsunami completely overtook northern Japan, and the news is becoming more and more horrific. On a global level this is such a monstrous tragedy  and I am but...

Handling disappointment

My father had a number of wonderful sayings.  One of my all-time favorites was this one: “Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you.”  With apologies to vegans and all...

RX for a Happy Valentine's Day: become your own true love

Ah, Valentine's Day, the fantasy-filled holiday that comes right after we've managed to get ourselves through another year of Christmas and New Year's Eve. Have you ever wondered whose...

New Year's resolutions? Try intentions instead.

Isn't it interesting how we, as a society, agree that this is the time to give ourselves and our lives a complete and total new makeover?

How to stay sane this Christmas

Did this holiday season sneak up on you? For me, it was just September, and as I talked with someone about how fast time seemed to be flying, I remember saying, “Christmas will be here in about 15...

Evolving beyond 12 Steps

Is there anyone today who doesn’t know someone involved in a 12-Step program? There are 12-Step programs for almost everything we can think of -- alcohol and drug dependency, gambling, eating...

My friend is gone

About two months ago, someone I cared deeply about took his own life. He was a young man in his early 30’s – and like most everyone who knew him, I had no idea how troubled he was, as he often wore...

BC gambling industry poses problems for the vulnerable

BC Lottery Corp ads on TV regale us with tantalizing tales that will never materialize for most of us: huge lottery wins, shots of us flipping the bird to our boss as we walk out the door of our dead-
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