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Grief and Loss

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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.  When a child dies, for example, the parents lose their dream of seeing that child graduate, marry and grow. Because of the drastic changes that have accompanied the pandemic I thought it would be important to review the stages of grief and loss.   These were outlined in a book written by Dr. Elizabeth Kubler Ross who watched people and their...

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Noticing Daily Gifts

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  Last Saturday I had a long list of things that needed to be done so got an early start.  I headed to my office to drop off and pick up items that would sum up my week’s work with clients.  There wasn’t anyone in the professional building which offered an interesting silence.    For a couple of hours, I just soaked up the comfort and beauty of the space I had decorated for clients and staff while autographing books and doing some paperwork. Next, I picked up a grocery order that I had placed online and then headed to...

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Giving Back Because of Thanks

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When my mom died I "inherited" boxes and boxes of black and white photos. Many of them showed soldiers in uniform with their arms around her. I really don't know who these men were but remember the powerful stories that she told about how many of her friends went off to war and never returned. They were committed to serving our country and seeing other lands but, at the same time, like most youth were naïve about the price they would pay. In fact, many small Saskatchewan towns lost great numbers and cenotaphs with their engraved names were erected in...

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Blessings at Thanksgiving

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It can be very deceiving to think that we need to have a large bank account and fulfillment of all our hopes and dreams in order to be thankful. The greatest blessings usually don't have a price tag. Unfortunately, the things that enrich are lives are often not valued until they we lose them. Alexander Chambers (1759 to 1834) was a Scottish writer who gave up his career in medicine in order to become a journalist. He is credited for a quotation in which he states that there are three grand essentials of happiness: 1. Something to do - We...

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Life Is Choices - Choose Thanksgiving

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It is so easy to focus on all the things that go wrong in a day or in life. Fall is a season that reminds us to focus on the things that are going right - and to give thanks. The snow comes and with it we may experience dangerous driving, frozen locks, inability to find winter clothing, even flooding when the temperatures vary. But, at the same time, most of us enjoy warm houses, reliable transportation choices, and the promise of spring! Technology is supposed to make life easier but it's rapidly changing advances can leave us with feelings...

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Thanksgiving Weekend

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        . The last four months have not been very typical for me In June I saw all six of my grandchildren even though they live in three different provinces and are each busy with jobs, school and activities. We celebrated the birthdays of each just because we were together despite the date on the calendar at the time. We had fun! In July, five of my first cousins got together in Regina for a family wedding. There are so few of us and there aren't that many weddings in society anymore so it was really special!...

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Good Job, Mom!

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It was way after business hours when I was ready to go home. As I left the building and headed towards my car, I heard a voice call out "Excuse me. Can you help us?" On the sidewalk were three young boys, each with a small scooter. One of them was holding the handlebar of his scooter with one hand and a very large mirror with the other hand. I asked, "What do you need?" and he replied, "Do you think you could drive this mirror up the hill for us because it is really hurting my hand?" I thought...

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Thanksgiving - Yesterday and Today

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Because Thanksgiving has always been an important part of my life, I sometimes forget that other countries do not recognize the holiday. The reason why, of course, is because Thanksgiving was a celebration established by those who came to North America from other lands as a way of showing gratitude for their blessings on this continent. In 1578 the explorer Martin Frobisher was trying to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean and after surviving the long journey from England through storms and icebergs, he held a formal ceremony in Frobisher Bay to give thanks. The communion service that...

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For These Things We Give Thanks

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So often in life we complain about things that are really of no consequences. When we do give thanks, our gratitude is usually limited or tied to pleas for more blessings to be given to us. Genuine thanks includes the daily occurrences that we often take for granted and these are honoured when they occur with positive thoughts and a warm heart. This Thanksgiving, let us focus on the little pleasures that make life so comfortable and pleasant: A kind friend. The first bite of a favourite recipe. A soft pillow under a tired head. Peace. The fresh smell after...

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Every Day Should Be Thanksgiving

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Things have changed in the last few days! The stores have put away their summer stock and are now decorated in fall's traditional orange and brown. We see paper turkeys and wicker table centers representing the horn of plenty. Greeting cards offer best wishes mixed with thoughts of gratefulness for the season. Soon church altars will be laden with fruit, vegetables and other produce that represent completion of the growing season. It's Thanksgiving! Often I think about stories of the original Pilgrims, dressed in their modest habits. They immigrated to this country and had to make a new start without...

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