Candace Plattor

What I learned on my spring stay-cation

  As a gift to myself on my last birthday, I decided to take some well-earned time off -- a whole week off. Because I was craving a low-key week that wasn’t totally stuffed with things to see...

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?

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...

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...

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...

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...