Tag Archives: personal growth

Regrouped.

Last year was a shock to my system: losing three friends in a short period, then my favourite uncle, and soon after my 92-year-old aunt – last of my father’s siblings, end of an era. And as if to ‘add … Continue reading

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Thinking about ‘critical-judgmental’…

I posted this on Facebook recently*: “Ploughing through the shock-value, mud and bugs in the swamp of this gentleman’s lifestyle/behaviour, I was rewarded by the Precious inside him…. Smells like integrity to me – a quality I profoundly respect and … Continue reading

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Unlearning depression?

Would you, for a moment, entertain with me the possibility that depression is not “an illness”, so much as a perfectly natural response – or group of responses – to certain experiences or changes, or even to ‘good manners’?   What … Continue reading

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A little democracy….

One of the things I love about  Alternative Grounds (the café where I spend most mornings), is the egalitarian, democratic attitude of the patrons. I just enjoyed a discussion with one of the city’s maintenance workers  about Iceland  and how … Continue reading

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Coming out as an atheist

When I was about 19, despite having taught Sunday school for three years, I delared myself an atheist.   Or perhaps it was because of Sunday school.  What had happened to the formerly ‘devout Christian’ me? My aunt, who at 92 … Continue reading

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Blogging consciousness…

Why do I blog?   Probably the majority of bloggers ask themselves, occasionally, why they do it, what they are after.    Am I posting too often, or too little?   And ultimately “What is my goal?” * When I ask myself why, … Continue reading

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Reflections on a friendship…

At a cottage by a lake on the Precambrian shield we four longtime friends spent this weekend together.    Raising our children, we sometimes even lived in the same neighbourhood.  Over the years, we shared many concerns, cheers and tears.   Now … Continue reading

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