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The Challenge of Immigration

Dr. Linda Hancock The Eleventh Year Uncategorized

In 1891 my paternal grandfather immigrated to Canada from England. He was an eleven-year-old orphan who never saw is family again. I treasure the thirty pages that he wrote by hand documenting his life story. His words really pull at my heart strings. Grandpa wrote: "But talk about food, I had never seen so much. But talk about being lonesome, I had changed so many homes in such short a time I almost cried my heart out." Imagine what it would be like if Canada wasn't a safe place to live and, suddenly you had to leave. You could only...

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3 Tips for Shopping to Build Your Wardrobe

Dr. Linda Hancock Uncategorized

Sometimes people go into a store and, because the clerk encourages them, purchases an item of clothing that does not fit into their wardrobe. They go home with less money and something that they might never wear. You can avoid problems such as this if you adopt the following three rules for building your wardrobe: Have a clothing plan - It is important that you clearly know your own personal preferences in style and colour and think about the events and activities in which you participate on a regular basis before you ever go to the store. Write out a...

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Three Tips for Making Grocery Shopping Easier

Dr. Linda Hancock The Fourth Year Uncategorized

My grandson is visiting and was surprised at how easy it was to purchase groceries the last couple of times that he was here.  Following are tips that will make the job fun and easy. Have a list - I always write my grocery list in groups.  For example, I have columns for each of the following - dairy, bakery, meat, produce, dry goods, paper products, beverages, deli etc.  This method helps you to save legwork and prevents you from forgetting to purchase something that you really need. Make shopping a fun adventure which guests can enjoy.  When my daughter's family...

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Corner Gas

Dr. Linda Hancock The Second Year Uncategorized

One of the stars of the popular television program, Corner Gas, is from my hometown. "Oscar" is the grumpy "know it all" who seems to think that change is his enemy. He is continually reminding his family and neighbours that he has all the answers to life's problems and most seem to be rooted in the past. The show, which is set in a small prairie community, has been described as the "New Friends" - probably because each weekly segment focuses on relationships of a handful of characters and their unique perspectives to daily living circumstances. Surprisingly, the fan base extends far beyond rural...

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Expert Witness

Dr. Linda Hancock The First Year Uncategorized

Psychologists who work with individuals about legal matters often are required to prepare reports or serve as witnesses in Court. In June I flew to Vancouver to attend a workshop entitled "Becoming an Expert Expert Witness". Dr. Stanley L. Brodsky who is a professor at the University of Alabama also provides training and consultation for individuals who are required to give testimony in Court. He has written several books and developed considerable expertise in this niche. Most people go through life without having to formally witness in the justice system but, each of us is regularly asked to give opinions...

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I'm Thankful for My Home!

Dr. Linda Hancock Uncategorized

Often, I hear Canadians complain about our country and it not only surprises me but also throws me into a more pronounced form of patriotism. Although I have always been proud of my homeland, my feelings in this regard have strengthened over the years. Spending dozens of unscheduled hours in airports because of weather conditions reminds me that we are not constantly facing the havoc which tornadoes or tsunamis have brought to other countries. We do not have to leave our houses because of cyclical problems such as "hurricane season" or unexpected crises including earthquakes. Our country is not threatened...

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Saving the World!

Dr. Linda Hancock The Third Year Uncategorized

When I was a little girl, we were taught about saving the environment – but they didn’t call it that back then. We didn’t let the water run until it was cold enough for drinking because it came from a cistern.  This was a type of vault which had to be filled and the temperature of the water was always the same.  We were told to make up our minds about what we wanted from the fridge before opening the door and to turn out lights as we left the room to save electricity. We were encouraged to take care...

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Inspiration

Dr. Linda Hancock The Third Year Uncategorized

For many years I have had a framed poem on display in my office and shared it with clients.  Today I share its powerful inspiration with you.   AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN FIVE SHORT CHAPTERS by Portia Nelson I I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in. I am lost ... I am helpless. It isn't my fault. It takes me forever to find a way out. II I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don't see it. I fall in again. I can't...

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All Psyched Up!!!

Dr. Linda Hancock The First Year Uncategorized

Individuals frequently use expressions that are difficult to explain.  Over the past couple of weeks I have been asking people what is meant by the term "all psyched up".  Often, my question was answered with silence or a comment such as "well, you know".  Some indicated that this describes a positive situation involving excitement, preparedness or being in the right frame of mind.  Others stated that it might be a negative in over-stimulation or anxiety.  Regardless of the definition, being “all psyched up” generally implies a state in which one feels different than usual. Whether it is to get ready...

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