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Stress from Computers

Stress from computers can be a unique kind of stress. On Sunday night I got a message on my computer Continue reading

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There is meaning hidden in the small changes of everyday life, and wisdom to be found in the shards of your most broken moments.

Elizabeth Lesser

 

Broken Open

There is a book entitled, Broken open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser that contains many pearls of wisdom about change, loss, grief, and devastation that is a natural part of our lives.

 

One of the many things that I really appreciate about Lesser’s book is Continue reading

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Learn the alchemy

true human beings know.

The moment you accept

what troubles you’ve been given,

the door will open.

– Rumi

 

Blooming flower in the desert

A flower blooming in the desert

Helen Rose

Recently I read a book entitled, 53 Grove Rd by Helen Rose. It’s a short memoir written by a woman I know who lives in the Bow Valley. It chronicles her childhood with her adopted parents: a verbally abusive and cold-hearted mother and an alcoholic and disengaged father.

 

The book vividly outlined Helen’s disturbing memories of trying to navigate childhood in a family where the rules just didn’t make sense. It was at times beautifully written and at others shocking and disturbing. As a parent, I can’t imagine telling my child that I wanted a blue-eyed blonde girl but got a dark-eyed brunette instead as Helen’s mother did. I can’t imagine the impact on a child who heard messages like that repeatedly.

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I’ve been reading a book about finding your passion. It’s gotten me thinking about the power of passion and will, what becomes a turning point in someone’s life, and what helps create inspiration in people’s lives.

Turning Point

Alison was a photo-journalist whose passion was to bring to life the struggles of people in third world and developing countries, and to make these struggles known to the wider world so that people and governments would be encouraged to act.

One fateful day she was in a horrible bus accident in Laos that changed her life forever. Continue reading

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bucketI just finished a really quick read: How Full is Your Bucket? written by a psychologist and his grandson. There was some simple but interesting ideas discussed. Continue reading

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