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Self Care and the Caregiver

Self Care and the Caregiver

If you take care of a child on the autism spectrum, a spouse dealing with health challenges or are simply looking for tools to help you recharge and balance your energy, this article is for you.

Multidimensional Travel

I just finished reading Michael Chrichton’s 1999 book, Timeline. His thoughts regarding how we imagine history and his book’s story-line about using quantum mechanics to visit other timelines and dimensions made me reflect on other ways we may already be experiencing multidimensional or multiverse travel.

Memories, Emotions and Our Well Being

Ever wonder why a second glass of wine among friends can trigger a flood of unplanned conversation about ones memories, which then lead to the resurfacing of unreleased emotions that culminate in a selective life review during a fitful night of limited slumber?

Paranormal : The New Normal

“The earth is flat”. Today such a statement would create laughter. Hundreds of years ago, saying otherwise, with an additional phrase stipulating that it was also not the center of the universe, could get you imprisoned or worse. Throughout human history there are so many such examples that one would think we would have learned, as a species, to keep an open mind.

Paranormal : The New Normal

Paranormal : The New Normal

“The earth is flat”. Today such a statement would create laughter. Hundreds of years ago, saying otherwise, with an additional phrase stipulating that it was also not the center of the universe, could get you imprisoned or worse. Throughout human history there are so many such examples that one would think we would have learned, as a species, to keep an open mind.

My Near Death Experience To Begin The Conversation

My Near Death Experience To Begin The Conversation

​Although my NDE (Near Death Experience) took place more than 30 years ago, this is the first time that I am writing about the experience that literally came out of nowhere in my mid-teens.

Autism from Coast to Coast

Autism from Coast to Coast

When I moved to the Comox Valley from Eastern Ontario, one year ago last June, I brought with me my own experience and evolving understanding about children and young adults on the autism spectrum.

Peace Pilgrim Revisited

Peace Pilgrim Revisited

Imagine what it would feel like to simply walk out the door with only the clothes on your back, a comb, a folded toothbrush and the all encompassing ability to literally walk your talk. More than 50 years ago, one very ordinary woman took the first step on an amazing 28 year pilgrimage for world peace.

Soul Pilgrim

Soul Pilgrim

Until today, I had always perceived my occasional solitary trips as the answer to a whispering call for adventure, personal growth and discovery.

Collect Experiences Not Debt

Collect Experiences Not Debt

Money is an energy that very few of us understand and, with retrospect, most of us fear. We fear the lack of “it”. I am happy to say that many more people in this next generation are waking up and empowering themselves simply by getting “clear” about the fact that money is a tool, not a destination.

Observing Territorial Control

Observing Territorial Control

​Have you ever noticed how controlling we become when we assume that others have “crossed” our self-imposed boundaries, whether they are emotional, physical or spiritual? Years ago, when I first became a hobby farm owner, I had my first experience with the invisible line in the sand syndrome.

Love, CERN and Burning Man

Love, CERN and Burning Man

What does a nuclear physicist at CERN and a co-founder of the Burning Man event have in common? They are both part of a community looking for the God particle and they both feel that without their work, their life would have no meaning.

Message in a Book

Message in a Book

The thread of our life is woven into a tapestry which connects each of us. So when you come across a “sign” to follow that thread, it is worth the side trip to see where it leads. You can obtain unique messages and information as you travel the momentary detour on your chartered path. It could be as simple as opening a book.

Why Alcohol Is A Different Community Conversation Than Cannabis

Why Alcohol Is A Different Community Conversation Than Cannabis

There is a very interesting difference between alcohol and cannabis, and it is not about the liquid or the plant. It is it about the extensive dialogue we are currently having about one, while the other has had socially historical impacts, both in plain site and then behind closed doors.

Bullying Begins And Ends With Me

Bullying Begins And Ends With Me

Our idea of a bully is usually found in a school yard, but in reality it begins and ends with us, as a community. Since I am speaking as a communicator by profession, let me express my thoughts regarding this global topic by using my life as an example, one which mirrors both expressions of inner and outer bullying.

Raising A Toast To Our Health And Beyond It

Raising A Toast To Our Health And Beyond It

With all stresses (cost of living, housing issues, employment sector changing with algorithms and A.I. just to name a few) increasing exponentially the pressures on this next generation, plus the older, retired one, dealing with issues of loneliness or being a caregiver for a parent or spouse, there is no shortage of scenarios to cross the line from social drinking to needing a drink.