apocalypse now!

i got tagged by jolynne from the fit shack for “the last blog post”. albert at the urban monk created this orginally, wondering “what if the blogosphere was over tomorrow? no more blogs, and you had to write your very last post?” albert is also very generously donating $1.00 to the salvation army for each… Continue reading apocalypse now!

transgender and mental illness: double stigma

kai wright at temenos writes: our culture depicts people whose discomfort with gender norms goes beyond being tomboys or feminine men as mere curiosity items for trash TV (“your woman is really a man!” episodes of jerry springer). this collective ignorance leaves transgendered people without much guidance. many go through puberty and into adulthood without… Continue reading transgender and mental illness: double stigma

mental health: canadian voices

to celebrate national mental health week, let’s start with three canadian blogs that talk about the topic. canadian dimension discusses mental health in first nations communities: … native poverty, alcoholism and suicide are almost never championed as a charitable cause … so it is easier for canadians to write cheques for relief efforts in afghanistan… Continue reading mental health: canadian voices

listening to mom

listening to the cbc’s early edition this morning after driving back from lifting weights in my friend tom’s garden, i was intrigued by the question the host, rick cluff, asked of his panel: “what’s the best advice your mother ever gave you?” one answer was particularly memorable. moe sihota said that when he told his… Continue reading listening to mom

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the emotion of spring

and yet another guest post from alex. heeeeeere is alex: spring is a very exciting time for me because i have such a strong connection with it. my birthday is in april and so it’s always filled with the thrill of the coming year, a new chapter in my life and new beginnings. there is… Continue reading the emotion of spring

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taking care of business

after all these weeks of concentrating on family, i needed to find a way to focus back on work again. i remembered the creative planning tool that my friend and ex co-worker haedy used with me a number of times, and let me tell you, i had a lot of fun. creative planning is all… Continue reading taking care of business

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would you like to free yourself of your past?

here we have another instalment of our discussion of the twelve steps of alcoholics anonymous and other similar groups. unlike the other three steps we discussed, steps 4 and 5 are two steps that can very easily be taken out of the 12-step framework and applied in everyone’s life. the purpose of these steps is… Continue reading would you like to free yourself of your past?