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This is Life, Based on a True Story

Lessons I didn't learn

Jan 10, 2018 / 11:00 am

The dawn of a new year has a funny way of making people reflect on their lives over the past year and seeing what lessons can be learned from experiences...

Teach your children well

Dec 13, 2017 / 6:00 am

One of the biggest rewards when raising kids is seeing them develop into young adults with a clear sense of ethics and morals. When our children are young, we...

You don't have to be alone

Nov 29, 2017 / 11:00 am

I used to love Christmas. It was always guaranteed to please. There’d be presents and food, family and friends. Nothing was better or cozier than opening...

The Gratitude Project

Nov 15, 2017 / 3:00 pm

When I was a 20-year-old in college, I lived in a downtown Edmonton apartment with a roommate. While I was doing my practicum, I wasn’t able to work...

Waiting for something better

Nov 1, 2017 / 5:00 pm

One of my favourite writing topics is relationships. It’s something everyone can relate to and there seems to be no definitive right or wrong advice. What...

Even bullies feel regret

Oct 18, 2017 / 3:00 pm

On the heels of my last column about bullying and how it affected me as an adult, I wanted to share with you the other side of the story – that of the...

After the bullying ends

Oct 4, 2017 / 6:00 am

What happens to kids who were bullied and are now adults? What about the kids who were bullies and are now adults? Are they still bullies? I’ve written at...

Pancakes & procrastination

Sep 20, 2017 / 1:00 pm

Sometimes my procrastination about writing my column works to my advantage. Although I knew all week what I was going to write about, I held off due to sheer...

Relationship's rocky road

Sep 6, 2017 / 11:00 am

The one commonality every single person has is that we are all in a relationship. Relationships are the building blocks of humanity. Without relationships,...

Lessons on the path

Aug 23, 2017 / 11:00 am

I took some much-needed time off from writing after my uncle’s funeral to reset. Like every other person, life is so busy sometimes that it feels like I...

A living-dying perspective

Jul 5, 2017 / 11:00 am

No one wants to confront death, but we all have to at some point. Death tends to make people re-examine life priorities. The day-to-day things that seem so...

He said, she said

Jun 21, 2017 / 11:00 am

So that went well. The Dear Abby format I introduced in my last column generated more readers' questions to my inbox. In the words of my writer mentor,...

Playing Dear Abby

Jun 7, 2017 / 11:00 am

Often, the biggest challenge about writing this column is coming up with an idea. If I have some version of a minor crisis in my life, I have something to write...

The Like-Me Generation

May 24, 2017 / 11:00 am

To “Like” or not to “Like,” that is indeed the question. I’m talking about the Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat likes-and-views...

Separation is sweet sorrow

May 10, 2017 / 6:00 am

I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seem more people are getting separated and divorced now than ever before. Why do I think this? Well for one,...

The awkward goodbye

Apr 26, 2017 / 11:00 am

One of the hardest words to say is goodbye. Like many people, saying goodbye is not something I’m good at. But what is there to be good at? It’s one...

Depressing times

Apr 12, 2017 / 11:00 am

I’ve been struggling with bouts of depression. Nothing specific really triggered it, although I like to blame it on the winter that never ends. I...

Mom the Maleficent

Mar 29, 2017 / 11:00 am

I’ll never be accused of being too easygoing in the parenting department. I wouldn’t say I’m overly strict though either, but my kids compare...

Dirty, little secret

Mar 15, 2017 / 11:00 am

Every once in a while, I get kid-envy. I’m not the only parent who does, but I may be one of few parents who will admit to it — publicly. So what...

Regrets, we've had a few

Mar 1, 2017 / 11:00 am

Regret. We all have it, but why? A friend is going through a great deal of regret right now. It was during our conversation it became apparent how much regret...

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