Category Archives: Philosophy

It’s the Not the Attention We Receive That Counts, it’s the Attention We Pay

“When you pay attention to boredom it gets unbelievably interesting” – Jon Kabat-Zinn I became a fan and follower of Jon Kabat-Zinn early in my career as a mental health therapist.  His teachings not only contributed to my job performance but blended well into my every day life.  Living with a disability while maximizing ones […]
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Remembering Wilson

“A lot of you cared, just not enough” – Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why CONFESSIONS – It is that time of year again when the idyllic days of summer begin to fade and we re-immerse ourselves into  the early trappings of fall.  This particular year we went from a record breaking heat wave in Calgary […]
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Advocacy 101 – A Basic Introduction

“Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights.  Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight” – Bob Marley I wrote a brief “rant” a couple of weeks ago regarding social justice.  I had a lot of feedback and a common theme was the request for steps on “how” to be a social […]
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No Bulb in the Socket

“Life is to short to drag a trunk of suppressed negative feelings around, dump that crap and travel life’s road with an overnight bag.  The trip is much more enjoyable when not weight down with old baggage.” – Terry Wiens (2018) CONFESSION – ALERT, if course language and angry outbursts affect your sensitivities you should […]
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The “Yes, But” Person

“Compromise is not about losing.  It is about deciding the other person has just as much right to be happy with the end result as you do.” – Donna Martini  I am sitting here engulfed in the fall out of the BC forest fires, thick smoke heavy enough to taste and that’s from five hundred […]
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Opening Your Own Door

Friends and Self Our life has many ups and downs, We question why we’re here, But deep inside we know ourselves, Loss of friends is what we fear. Is it our expectations? Or the way that others act, That makes us really doubt ourselves, Over how our friends react. We put our faith in people, […]
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Hodge-Podge and Little Things

“Eclectic yet classic with a playful bohemian twist is how I would describe my style” – Alice Temperley    I will borrow Alice’s quote posted above to kick off this little write up.  It’s five o’clock in the morning and I’ve been awake since 4:30.  It is not uncommon for me to wake up once […]
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Chapter 1 – Part 2, The Foundation

Let It Come Lying alone in your solitary bed, The arrival of death you do not dread, You’ve lived a different but confusing life, Accepting pleasure and the occasional strife, And had such joy with your now dead wife. You are alone and feeling ready, Your soul is clean and your mind is steady, You […]
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The Awakening

Alphabet of Despair Abandoned by friends, Abandoned by wife, Abandoned by children, Abandoned by life. Betrayed by his feelings, Betrayed by his drive, Betrayed by his body, Betrayed can’t survive. Captured by torture, Captured by loss, Captured by drugs, Captured by sauce. Destroyed by his blindness, Destroyed by his lust, Destroyed by his ignorance, Destroyed […]
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Memory’s of the Poster Child – Chapter 1

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” – Aristotle We were children.  We weren’t crippled, handicapped or disabled kids, we were children.  Simple as that.  Yes we lived in a hospital (or institution), whatever descriptor you want to use, but we were children first.  We spend the year attending school in the hospital, we […]
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