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Nostalgia is Good For You

You know what nostalgia is, right? It’s a type of reminiscence which includes a wistful affection or longing for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.  At one time, nostalgia was considered a psychological disorder, a … Continue reading

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Write Your Life Story Even If No One Will Read It

Sometimes participants in my Life Story workshops have asked me if it’s worth documenting one’s memoir if there are no friends or family members who will read it. My answer is a resounding YES it is definitely of value. Across … Continue reading

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The George Bailey Effect

One of the things I appreciate about the Christmas season is how conducive it is to grateful reflection. It is a time to think about those people who are most important in our lives – family, friends, neighbors and colleagues … Continue reading

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A Splendid Example of Life Story Writing

I recently read the lovely book, “Ru” by Kim Thuy.  Published in 2009, this book has won a number of awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. Ru, in Vietnamese, means lullaby, to lull.  In French, it is … Continue reading

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A Grateful Heart is a Healthy Heart

Robert Emmons, PhD. is one of the leading researchers and writers on the topic of gratitude.  In his interesting book “Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier” (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) Emmons includes a chapter entitled “The Embodiment of Gratitude”.  He … Continue reading

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Family Bonds and Belonging: It’s Not All Relative

What is a family?  Does family consist only of those people to whom we are related by blood?  Or, do we chose our family?  Do we have more than one family?  Who are the people who’ve had the the greatest … Continue reading

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Life Story Writing: A Path to Forgiveness

We set out to write our life stories mainly because we want to capture aspects of our lives to hand down to those who come after us. We want to leave a legacy for family and friends, a worthy goal, … Continue reading

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Transitions – Events that Change our Lives

This past summer I found myself immersed in what can only be termed a major life transition. My husband and I moved out of the home in which we had lived for 34 years. This move marked the culmination of … Continue reading

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Our Lives and Our Stories Matter

This weekend, an article by Paul Willcocks appeared in my local newspaper. The article was titled “Our Lives and Our Stories Matter”. It is so appropriate to the discussions I am often having with workshop participants and speaks once again … Continue reading

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Life Story Writing

This week, I am starting my third Life Story workshop through Continuing Studies at the University of Victoria. What a pleasure it has been for me to facilitate these workshops. I have met such interesting people and heard some astonishing … Continue reading

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