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A New Beginning
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Christmas Choices
What Price?
The Simple Life
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Transition
Let's Sing Along!
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Life's Surprises
One Country
May Long Weekend
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  • Get Your House in Order
    January 4, 2022 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Get Your House in Order

    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. ...

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  • A New Beginning
    December 31, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    A New Beginning

    Bryan Stevenson graduated from Harvard, and, despite his mother’s concerns, he decided to work in Arkansas with prisoners on death row. His story is chronicled in the book “Just Mercy” which he authored and the movie by the same name....

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  • Gifts
    December 17, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Gifts

    Is there a particular gift that you have secretly been wanting This year, more than ever, I have been hearing people talk about how difficult it is to buy gifts for loved ones.   Some say that they don’t know what...

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  • Christmas Choices
    December 10, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Christmas Choices

    I have fond memories of Christmas when I was a child.  Besides the concerts and thoughts of school break we had the expectations of what would happen in the upcoming days. On Christmas Eve, my mom, dad, sister and I...

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  • What Price?
    November 5, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    What Price?

    November is a special time for me as it focusses my thoughts on remembrance and the price of freedom that was paid for me.   Even though I was born after World War II, I was strongly impacted by the stories...

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  • The Simple Life
    October 15, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    The Simple Life

    Several years ago, I became a member of a family tree software program.  I was surprised to learn that in the mid-1700s some of my ancestors lived in Pennsylvania and appeared to have Amish roots.  As a child I had...

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  • Grief and Loss
    October 8, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Grief and Loss

    Throughout life we experience many losses which cause mental suffering.  Some involve death while others involve significant losses such as relationships, jobs or even material things.  Many believe that the most difficult to face is the loss of a dream. ...

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  • Transition
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    August 6, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Transition

    The other day my daughter said “You don’t transition very well”.  This wasn’t a criticism.  It was a fact. You see from April 28th when I received the first text message from my grandson asking me to move to Westman...

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  • Let's Sing Along!
    July 23, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Let's Sing Along!

    Ever since I was a small child, I have loved music!  My dad had a beautiful bass voice and sang not only in the church choir and the barbershop chorus but also in the car and around home.  We always knew he was in the area because we could hear his cheery whistling as he came up the walk or worked in the yard.

    Dad came from a family who loved music.  Most of us played the piano and there was never a family gathering when we didn’t end the evening with a good old fashioned singsong.  And each song usually ended in laugher.   Such good fun!

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  • Navigating the Journey
    July 9, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Navigating the Journey

    One of the things that I was NOT looking forward to during my move to Calgary was driving in the big city.   You see, Medicine Hat spoiled me by the fact that I could go pretty well anywhere in ten...

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  • Life's Surprises
    July 2, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    Life's Surprises

    When I moved to Medicine Hat twenty-five years ago, I had no idea that I would love this city so much.   Over the years, I have been able to build good relationships with wonderful people and build a business.   My...

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  • One Country
    June 25, 2021 Dr. Linda Hancock

    One Country

    I have learned that no matter where we go in the world, Canadians are welcomed.   We have a good reputation of being kind, honest, and peace-loving.   In fact, there is a silly joke about how Canadians are so nice that...

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