Category: family

Wedding In The Woods

Aidan Smith

My daughter celebrated her wedding in the woods December 2017. A young man from England stole her heart. I warned him that if he breaks it, there will be nowhere safe to hide! Wedding In The Woods Sometimes, I believe my daughter was born about 50 years late. Who but a hippie would decide they …

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Things Have Meaning: Be careful what you make fun of and don’t touch that thing!

Things hold memories. We tie meaning to objects and get hurt when those are made fun or defensive if someone tries to take them away. Things Have Meaning Some things bring joy, others heartache. Most of us have at some time or another had things like paintings, records or maybe special sweaters that caused a …

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Family Affairs, The Years Just Melt Away

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Family affairs can be painful. Or, they can be refreshing and rejuvenating! How do you feel when family gets together and you meet people you haven’t seen in years or maybe even never met? Family Affairs Can Be Fun! Family affairs are an opportunity to reconnect. Sometimes there are issues that have lived beneath the …

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How can you say no if you don’t know what you are saying no to?

Have you ever caught yourself saying no to something a friend tries to ask you to look at when you don’t really even no what they are asking? Is Saying No Automatic? Most of us have friends and family who are involved in things we know nothing about. They may try to involve us and …

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1991, March 4 was a magical day!

March 4, 1991 was a scary yet magical day. March 4, 1991 I was working in Mississauga, Ontario and living in Barrie. In those days, I was the night leader at an A&P store. My shift was 11pm to 8am. It was a little over an hour’s drive to work on a good day. Going …

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Loss of a child: Five years later, life goes on.

The loss of a child is one of the worst things that can happen. When do you “get over it”? Never. You never get over the loss of a child, but you do get through it. Loss of a child. The loss of a child disturbs our perception of “the natural order of things”. Who’s …

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Deficits And Work Life Balance

There's no such thing as work life balance

Deficits are often used to get us through challenging times. We run time deficits to achieve work and life balance. What does balance mean to you? Deficits Money Energy Time There are never enough hours in the day. We steal time from family for work. We built bigger cities to achieve economy of scale. Now …

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Making Wine Can Be A Family Affair

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Having a glass of wine with dinner is just so civilized. Buying retail can get a little expensive and it seems that it’s never in the house just when you want a bottle to take to a social gathering. Making your own wine is definitely more economical and you can make it a family affair. …

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Net Geners, Living Life 15 Minutes At A Time

The TV Generation: Switch off; I receive; Couch potato; Helpless; Monoculture; United. The Net Generation: Switch on; I send & receive; Subway surfer; Powerful; Multi-culture; Fragmented

Net Geners have Grown Up Digital and are living life 15 minutes at a time. Is your message getting across? This generation literally thinks differently than previous generations. Learn how to communicate with them. Grown Up Digital Don Tapscott released Grown Up Digital in 2008. I read this book in 2015 and find it totally …

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5 Things You Should Never Say To Someone Suffering The Loss Of A Child

Picture of young man in hospital with daughter.

You want to offer consolation to someone suffering the loss of a child and don’t know what to say. Here are 5 things you should never say. Loss Of A Child Losing a child is like someone ripping your heart out of your chest while it’s still beating. Most parents I know see themselves in their children. …

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