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In Like a Lion

Dr. Linda Hancock New Articles News & Society The Sixteenth Year Weather

When I was a child we always talked about March as coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb.  Since then, there has been a great deal of controversy about weather patterns and some rather strange events. Recently, Texas experienced a horrible snowstorm that was unusual for them.   Because they were “off the grid” and had invested in solar panels and wind turbines, they were in trouble!   The solar panels were covered with piles or snow and the blades on windmills were frozen.   The fact that electricity was out for many hours and houses weren’t insulated to...

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What's Going On?

Dr. Linda Hancock News & Society Other News & Society Pandemic The Sixteenth Year

A few years ago, I had the thrill of visiting Washington, D.C.   A “Hop-on-hop off” tram took me around the city while the driver served as tour guide.   What a thrill to see the places that I had only viewed previously on television.   I went to Congress, the Ford Theatre (where President Lincoln was shot), the Lincoln Memorial and stood in front of the White House.

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Entitlement in Society

Dr. Linda Hancock News & Society Other News & Society The Eleventh Year

Often I hear people talk about how some individuals think they should be given everything without having to work for it. Parents eager to be friends with their children are sometimes treated as ATMs who are expected to dispense twenty dollar bills without question. Students often think they should get good marks without handing in assignments or showing up for classes. Even some employees think that they can spend their time text messaging friends during work hours instead of doing the tasks assigned to them. It surprises me when new employees tell their managers that they should be promoted to...

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News Trends

Dr. Linda Hancock News & Society Other News & Society The Tenth Year

It is now ten years since I began writing weekly newspaper columns. Things have changed a great deal during that time. Some have predicted that because of technology, newspapers and books are facing an impending death but I don't believe it. I love the feel of having a book in my hands and don't think that I am alone. I also enjoy the newspaper that is left at my door each morning and frequently cut out articles to keep or share with others. I do believe, however, that the newspaper industry is in the process of revitalizing. This week I...

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A King Is Born!

Dr. Linda Hancock News & Society Other News & Society The Eighth Year

Over the past few weeks there has been a great deal of excitement and all eyes have been on Britain as people around the world have waited for Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, better known as "Kate" to give birth to her first child. The media has been camped outside the doors of the hospital where the child was born for weeks. Millions of people all around the world have waited in anticipation not just for the birth but also for the name of the boy who will one day rule over several countries and influence others. Prince George...

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Summertime and Living Is Easy

Dr. Linda Hancock News & Society The Seventh Year Weather

Remember those cold, snowy days of January? It was then that we wished for summer and now that it has arrived, it's time to enjoy it to the fullest. There is really nothing that can compare with the smell and taste that comes from the barbecue and this week was no exception. We soaked everything up, as well as the pleasant evening, while sitting on the deck and watching the river flow past. A few days later, my son's family and I went to one of the city's water parks. It was so interesting to watch the little children race...

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How to Handle a Snowstorm

Dr. Linda Hancock News & Society Weather

Recently North America was surprised to learn that there was snow in forty-nine of the fifty states and in most of Canada at the same time. Not everyone was prepared for this. Well, I grew up in Saskatchewan where we had extremely cold winters and lots of snow! There are some things that would be important for you to do before and while the snow is falling: Make sure that you have some supplies in the house in case you can't get to a store for a long period of time. Keep a little extra food in the pantry and...

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Longing for Spring

Dr. Linda Hancock News & Society The Sixth Year Weather

Many years ago, I moved from Saskatchewan to Alberta because of the weather. Well, after the last couple of winters I am beginning to wonder what has happening. It seems that there is more cold and snow than I really want. And is it just me, or is this going on longer and longer than ever? Well, I decided that even though the weather isn't cooperating with my hopes there are things that I can do while longing for spring so today I will share these with you. Perhaps you might latch onto some of the ideas and make the...

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What is a Chinook and How Does it Help Us Psychologically?

Dr. Linda Hancock News & Society The Fourth Year Weather

When people from warm countries hear me mention that I live in Canada, I am usually confronted about questions regarding winter and freezing temperatures. It seems that those who have not been to my country assume that all of Canada experiences the weather that is often portrayed in movies for being extreme conditions that greatly limit mobility. I remember a trip to Florida where a lady innocently asked, "Do you travel by dog sleds?" and I jokingly replied: "When the weather's good". I live in Medicine Hat, Alberta. It is a city of about 60,000 residents which is approximately 20...

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Is the World Crazzzzier Than Ever?

Dr. Linda Hancock News & Society Other News & Society The Fourth Year

When I turn on the television or read the newspaper, it seems that there is a constant bombardment of negative events from around the world. Today I decided to try to sort the day's top stories into categories and try to determine if these have worsened or if we are just more aware of them: Global economic trends - The past few months have seen what is termed "unprecedented" problems with the stock market which has been on a roller-coaster ride as well as the demise of several large corporations. Businesses that had previously been viable are now turning to...

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Are We Victims or Creators of Change?

Dr. Linda Hancock News & Society Weather

When I was a little girl, growing up on the prairies in Canada, I remember the extremity of the weather. In minutes, fingers and noses would freeze and skin would turn from red to white quickly. Snowbanks were deep and snow fell frequently during the winter months. I remember watching plows work feverishly to clean roads so that families and vehicles were freed from their captivity within houses that were surrounded with banks of the white stuff. There were times when one could easily walk up a drift onto the roof of a bungalow. Winter was strong and fierce! Summers...

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The Psychology of Winter!

Dr. Linda Hancock News & Society The First Year Weather

It's winter! That cold and snowy time of year when people change their lifestyle to suit the environment and wonder about times past and future. We welcome the sight of pure white snow piled in amazing configurations over ground and trees. Jack Frost paints his masterpieces on windowpanes for our delight. We watch children with red cheeks build forts and snowmen. Furs and touques, mitts and scarves cover bodies with fading tans. Winter brings the sounds of snow crunching under boots, graders searching for traffic lanes and children yelling jovial threats as they prepare piles of snowballs for the fight...

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‘SPIN’ – The Psychology of Politics!

Dr. Linda Hancock News & Society Other News & Society The Third Year

The ongoing United States election has captured my attention and the interest of Canadians.  Over the past few months, as I have watched the news updates, however, I have been surprised to learn that US politics use a number of words that are not generally used in everyday conversations. We hear words like “pundit”, “spin”, “superdelegates”, “caucus” and “misspeak” in the news but the more I pay attention to the debates, the more I realize that there is confusion about the meanings of these terms. A pundit seems to be someone who has enough knowledge and experience with politics to...

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Sex

Dr. Linda Hancock News & Society Other News & Society The Third Year

Every time I turn on the television or read a newspaper these days it seems that there is another politician or celebrity who has been involved in a sexual scandal. Whether it involves prostitution rings, bathroom solicitations for homosexual encounters, child perpetrators, extra-marital affairs, pornography or multiple-partner liaisons, it seems to be rather complex and disturbing to not only those close to them but also many individuals in society. We cannot help but wonder why people who invest years of their lives into developing a career and family will risk it all for sex. One Medicine Hat lawyer is very...

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I'm Addicted!

Dr. Linda Hancock News & Society The Third Year

Okay, I admit it.  I have an addiction! People have told me that I need help.  I know that my time, energy and money are affected.  My thoughts are focussed on getting my next “hit”.  It doesn’t make sense to anyone – but me.  Friends and family are worried.  We have less and less to talk about outside of the enticing substance that has become my “first love” in the past few weeks. I quickly drive home after work and as I put my key in the door, I race, with my takeout dinner in tow, to the bedroom.  It...

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Setting Policy

Dr. Linda Hancock News & Society Other News & Society The First Year

I kind of like the idea that our new Alberta Premier is nicknamed “Honest Ed” and that the new leader of the Liberal Party won because no one had him as an enemy. We are living in a world where “honest”, “nice” and “good guy” aren’t always associated with political leaders. When I watch television or read newspaper reports about some of the personal or career decisions of numerous leaders throughout the world, I wonder how on earth they will be able to develop appropriate policies or set a healthy direction for the millions of people who they represent.  We...

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The Psychology of Summer

Dr. Linda Hancock News & Society The First Year Weather

Psychology focuses on a person's thinking, feeling and behaviours and there is no doubt that the summer season affects all three. "Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer" are upon us again and very few individuals seem to be complaining. Out, come the golf clubs, bathing suits and convertibles. It's time for sandals, boating and maybe even some summer love. Resorts that were ignored for months are now humming with life. There are sounds that we only hear in the summer - like droning insects, water sprinklers and lawnmowers. Hammering and machinery as new construction occurs. Piano music through open...

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Qualified Help Wanted

Dr. Linda Hancock News & Society Other News & Society The First Year

It seems that everywhere we turn there are signs crying "Help Wanted" and apparently this is a province-wide concern. Many of my clients are managers from the construction, business and oil patch industries who are suffering from stress and burnout because of this. They cannot seem to hire enough employees with experience to keep up with the demands. The result, of course, is that companies resort to hiring "warm bodies" to fill positions - a situation they had previously sworn they would never do - as well putting extra stress and workloads on managers and supervisors. The economic law of...

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