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  • Wheeling in Wholeness for 2019

    Nothing is quite as exciting as a shiny, new year to play with. January is a great time to pause and reflect in order to set goals and craft a plan for the upcoming year. Let me offer up some planning advice from a coaching perspective. New goals and plans need to be devised in a way that integrates them with all the dimensions that make up our lives. If we look at our lives through a lens

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    Best gift of all is time

    I’ve written about managing holiday expectations and choosing to participate only in what truly brings you joy. So often, though, we do the opposite. I get it – it’s tough to stand down from the desire to create a perfect celebration, and find the perfect gifts. On the surface, it’s far easier to overindulge, overspend and get overwhelmed. I was inspired by a recent email

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    Hello December

    Hello, December. It’s the festive season and that its time to shop, wrap, decorate, feast and frolic. For some, it is a time of wholehearted joy and celebration. For others, it is a sensitive time, particularly for those dealing with loss or struggling with health or financial issues. For all of us, it is a time we can reach out and connect with family, friends, clients and customers.

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    Researching the past

    A great gift of the Internet is its use as a research tool. For the past year or so, I have been working on a manuscript that chronicles a period of my childhood, populated with an intriguing array of characters who were largely the summertime friends of my late father. The work is a form of memoir, and the people I am writing about are real people. The freedom I give myself as a writer in

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    Mourning in the digital age

    One of the many things that have changed in the digital age is the way we grieve. Researching our book, Digital Legacy Plan, due out in March 2019, co-author Angela Crocker and I discovered some interesting research by professor Tony Walter, a sociologist from the U.K. who has written and taught widely on the social aspects of death, dying and loss. In his examination of online memorial

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    Thinking in terms of legacy

    As I write this, I’m putting the finishing touches on a book manuscript. It will be sent to the editor in the morning, and following about a month of substantive edits, it will go into the hands of a copy editor to take care of things like commas and periods. After that, it will be readied for print. The book will be released in March 2019. I’ve had the privilege of co-writing the

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    Please park the anger

    Ah, October. Rainy days, autumn colors, cozy sweaters and fireplaces, and every four years, a plethora of election signs. Offline and online, local politicians are working hard to get their platforms out to voters. The sudden appearance of signs at the roadside and candidates at events rarely attended previously, mailboxes stuffed with brochures and flyers – all this tells us the race for

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    Storm Shows Value of Community

    Reminder we are vulnerable to nature’s whims. It was late on Friday afternoon, and my neighbour Deborah, having just collected her grandson from daycare, noticed darkness looming in the sky. A storm had been predicted and she picked up the pace, pushing her grandson’s stroller just a little more hastily as clouds gathered overhead. By the time she made it the few short blocks from the

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    Internet is fast-food world of information

    There is something nice about print. In the digital age, we regularly (if not constantly) find ourselves online consuming news, checking in on friends and family, participating in community discourse and accessing data and information. Everything we could possibly want to find out about it is literally at our fingertips. Simply typing the word “search” into Google, gave me more than a

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    A Missed Opportunity

    There is nothing I love quite as much as a summer road trip. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the City of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. A family celebration was planned, so I took a couple of extra days on either end of the event to holiday and play tourist. Naturally, I posted about my journey across the Salish Sea on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Almost immediately, new followers

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