more on guilt and responsibility

i’d like to thank alex for his reply to my last post about guilt and for initiating an interesting discussion. alex asks, “why she has to feel sad or bad if joe forgets their wedding anniversary? she has to be confident and sure enough to know that he cares about their marriage even if he… Continue reading more on guilt and responsibility

transformation, chaos, and the straw that breaks the camel’s back

last month, i started a little series on change and transformation, inspired by a post by my blogging friend nancy that asked, how does change occur? that time i talked about the precursors of change – the “rumblings”, so to say, that precede an earthquake. aaah, but is it an earthquake? is transformation really about… Continue reading transformation, chaos, and the straw that breaks the camel’s back

understanding guilt: is it useful?

what is guilt? we usually think that guilt is a feeling. however, it is not a primary emotion like fear or happiness, sadness or even shame. it is more complex. when joe feels guilt over having forgotten his and mary’s wedding anniversary, a number of things happen. he needs to have a basic concept of… Continue reading understanding guilt: is it useful?

homelessness and mental health

i recently found out that my friend aaron zacharias wrote an article on mental health and homelessness. you can find it at heretohelp, an e-zine dedicated to mental health. the article shows very clearly how mental health and homelessness interact. tenuous mental health, especially when coupled with adverse events such as divorce, workplace accidents, or,… Continue reading homelessness and mental health

hungry, thirsty, confused – and dead

last sunday, a man was killed at the vancouver airport. robert dziekanski died after he was tasered by police at vancouver international airport. police say he was agitated, screaming, shaking and throwing things. he had been at the airport for 10 hours. i have no idea what exactly happened in this situation but it is… Continue reading hungry, thirsty, confused – and dead

more chinese love poetry

some posts back, i had started to offer a few more chinese love poems when i got interrupted by an angel … remember? well, today you can finally read those poems. this time, i’ll just tease you with incomplete poems – go to the original sites to enjoy the full versions. a song of changgan… Continue reading more chinese love poetry

celebrating my readers

blog posts are great. but comments are equally important. when you think of it, that’s similar to life. experts can talk all they want. what’s important is how their ideas are applied in real life. so it occurred to me that once in a while i should dedicate a post to comments, so that you… Continue reading celebrating my readers

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8 points on emergency preparedness for winter depression

the days are getting shorter. it’s raining. cold creeps in. for some people, yet another bout of winter depression, or SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is just around the corner. chronic and recurring conditions – and for many people, depression falls under those categories – are manageable. we can learn from them: each time they happen,… Continue reading 8 points on emergency preparedness for winter depression