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Lifestyle

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This week I have been thinking about what it means to be in the Lifestyle section of the newspaper.  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary lifestyle means: “the typical way of life of an individual, group, or culture”. Now that made me think about the word “typical”.  You see no matter where you go, there are many differences in society.  Individuals think, feel and act differently from their neighbours.  Groups usually form based on a common interest or value that might not be shared by others in the same geographic area. Even cultures have differences both within and without. So, today...

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Psychology Uniqueness

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February is Psychology Month in Alberta.   In 2006 I was asked to be a Coordinator and Liaison Worker for the Psychologist’s Association in the province.  That was the first time that my column “All Psyched Up” was published in the Medicine Hat News.  Hard to believe that I have submitted weekly articles for seventeen years!  Time changes things.   The Saskatchewan small-town newspaper where I had written a column in my high school years asked me if they could also publish my column.  This continued until November 2021 when, sadly, the newspaper was handed over to a larger entity.  In the...

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Who is Your Enemy?

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Things have changed drastically over the past couple of years and this week, once again, another turn in the road has appeared.  I have been surprised as I listen to clients, friends, and family who each have their own idea about who or what has caused the problems in our country.  Who do you blame? The virus – Any illness that can be spread throughout a population is scary! The COVID-19 shut down the whole world!  Now numbers are being released stating that approximately 97% who contract it don’t die from it and less than 1% of Canada’s population have...

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Emergency Measures

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According to the Justice Laws Website of the Government of Canada, the Emergencies Act is: An Act to authorize the taking of special temporary measures to ensure safety and security during national emergencies and to amend other Acts in consequence thereof The Emergencies Act written by the Canadian Parliament received royal assent in 1988 and has never been used until this week.  It differs from the War Measures Act in two ways.  First of all, declaration of an emergency must be reviewed by parliament and secondly, any temporary laws made under the act must consider the Canadian Constitution, Charter of...

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The Unexpected

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Yesterday was busy!   There were appointments and tasks that took me away from home for several hours.  When I returned, I was hungry and tired.  I had just finished eating and crawled into bed to watch a video when suddenly, the electricity went off!   Everything!   The video froze on my laptop and the only other faint light was coming from my iPhone. I was surprised at how dark my world looked. As I waited for what I was sure would only be a few minutes before the electricity would be restored I thought about my childhood.  We would often have...

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Freedom

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Do you ever have the lyrics of a song stuck in your head?  This week, I have been thinking about the words of the song “Me and Bobbie Mcgee” and what they really mean.  Two of the lines form a riddle that need thought to untangle: Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose, And nothin' ain't worth nothin' but it's free,   I have also been challenged this week while watching a podcast where Jordan Peterson interviewed the former Prime Minister of Newfoundland and Labrador, Brian Peckford.  Mr. Peckford is the last living member of the committee who...

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Get Better!

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I knew there was something wrong on Saturday.  Usually I handle stress really well and am a very contented individual.  But I felt “out of sorts”.  I wasn’t really sick, but everything seemed to bother me, and I was frustrated with the simplest of things.  I thought a nap might help and was shocked when I woke up eleven hours later! By Sunday I had a headache and my body hurt so much that it felt like I had been hit by a truck.  One minute I was burning up and the next minute I had chills.  Everything was confusing...

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A Message of Hope

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In the 1982 musical “Annie” the star of the show sang a very positive song that started with the following words:  The sun will come outTomorrowBet your bottom dollar that tomorrowThere’ll be sun.Now that’s faith that offers hope to listeners! During the past two years it seems that some people have forgotten that message.  They have been so imprisoned by fear and confusion that they’ve lost their perspective.  Mixed messages combined with inconsistent and changing restrictions have led to questions about who to trust and what to do. It’s been a tough time for everyone.  Some have faced illness, death...

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Get Your House in Order

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Have you ever heard the expression “get your house in order” and wondered what that means?  Well, there are several things that are involved in achieving this.  Firstly, it means that you make sure that your affairs are arranged properly.  It also means that you have dealt with problems appropriately. The third part is to ensure that these things are completed before you even consider thinking about or criticizing others. So, as you know, I believe in breaking tasks down into small steps and watching goals being achieved over time.  Because of this, I have laid out twelve areas in...

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