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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...
May 30th, 2011
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...
Apr 9th, 2011
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...
Mar 14th, 2011
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...
Feb 27th, 2011
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...
Jan 30th, 2011
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?
Dec 27th, 2010
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...
Dec 14th, 2010
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...
Nov 9th, 2010
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...
Oct 2nd, 2010
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-
Sep 21st, 2010