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It’s All Fun and Games

The customer waves me over. Sizing me up he says: you’re new here, aren’t you? No, I say, almost a year. Hmmm, don’t know ya, but that’s okay, got something to tell ya. My name’s... 



The Orchid: A Tale of Hope and Trust

On Marine Drive, one block past Capilano Road, is a sign: Hope Road Closed. The street in question has not been open for years yet the sign always makes me smile. It reminds me of Anne... 



Conscious Creativity

Have you ever been asked what ten books you would take to a deserted island? I tend to compose answers to this even when not prompted—the joy of musing over well-loved treasures is,... 



The Power of No

I was thinking about the word ‘no’ the other day. That is, the no you use to set up boundaries … then again, is there any other way to use it? No, to more ice cream; no, to unwelcome... 



Heaven or Hell: A Matter of Choice

Recently, due to a desire to increase my bank account, I took on employment as a part-time cashier. It is the kind of job I needed: one that could be left behind at the worksite while... 



The Interconnectedness of Self-worth

Some years ago in the midst of a rather dark time, I found my perception of self worth markedly low. The usual methods of therapy—writing, meditation, exercise—were not working... 



The Remembered Dance: Acts of Courage or Betrayal?

Was this a betrayal, or was it an act of courage? Perhaps both. Neither one involves forethought: such things take place in an instant, in an eyeblink. This can only be because they... 



Fixing Family Dynamics

It is interesting how the process of trying to fix family dynamics usually backfires. Here’s my most recent example. An aged member of my family has profound hearing loss and a tendency,... 



The Human Dance

He walked up to me as I sat on the bench, enjoying the sun and the people watching. He was a thin man — “all bones” mom would say — wearing loose, well-worn clothes, dirty sneakers... 



Choice

As a teacher of interdependence (and codependence) I believe that while interdependence is based on respect, mutuality and self leadership, it is fundamentally about choice. In interdependence,... 



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