Making Life Good

They came!! Just before Christmas, the flashlights arrived. They are cute, but powerfully bright–with the logo and the website printed on the side. I’m not really into gimmicks–I have no business pens and don’t hand out calendars, but when I saw this flashlight, it was something I thought would be good for our practice to …

The beauty in little things

Yesterday evening I spent with an old friend…sushi by the fire, with the music of the season in the background, and candles and little sparkly lights around the window providing muted light. We caught up on each other’s lives. We just enjoyed simply just “being”. And after she left, I found myself wondering why I …

The courage to try, to do what you can

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” Edmund Burke I was at a Christmas concert tonight…a junior high concert–early adolescence when awkwardness reigns, and voices are changing, feet outsize the rest of their body, and generally grace and poise are in short supply. But the …

Anne Rice–A Christmas Catholic

It was COLD yesterday…and so off I went to run indoors in a warm humid environment giving me a chance to catch up on a podcast I had been looking forward to listening to. I try to capture “summer” in whatever way I can. Anne Rice is an author that wrote about the dark world …

Winter-in lots of ways

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” Albert Camus, a philosopher, came up with this line. I am quite certain he was never in Winnipeg–and on the surface, the above line is proof of that! 😉 Seriously, I love that line. I came across it as …

Look for the hidden

I was driving along yesterday listening to CBC when I heard an interview with Don Cherry…the outspoken commentator on Hockey Night in Canada. The guy says what he thinks, and isn’t always very tactful about it. I suppose that’s his shtick…he is so brazen in his comments that he really gets a reaction out of …

Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic

Prorogue…did any of us know what that word meant 2 weeks ago? The government will apparently spend the next several weeks in limbo, as all the politicians stick out their chests and proclaim themselves most capable of leading, and point their fingers at the opposition and criticize. Weeks of huff-puffery where politicians are all spending …

Stressful surprise

A few weeks ago, I went out to the car in the backlane to discover that my rear windshield was in about a million little pieces. My plans for the next hour (preparing dinner!) were put on hold as I called the police, called MPI, started sweeping up the little pieces of debris and sorted …

Are ya listening??

David Martin, in his book, Counselling and Therapy Skills, says that evocative empathy is the, “communicated understanding of the other person’s intended message, especially the experiential part”. That is such a loaded definition… Empathy that evokes a response in the other needs to not only be felt by the listener, but then communicated to the …

The Butter Has Moved

I remember CBC inviting listeners to call in suggesting what they noticed at a significant sign that spring had come. Now, I’m not a “caller-in-er” to radio programs, so I didn’t call, but I knew immediately what I would have said if I had called in. In our office, we have a small kitchenette with …