• Giving In, To Surprise

    “Surprise: To cause to feel wonder, astonishment, or amazement (as at something unanticipated).” Way back in the winter, my girlfriend Malve told me to reserve a particular day in June. “Block the whole day off,”

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  • Being a Mirror

    The word “enabling” gets a bad rap. Long associated with a dysfunctional relationship dynamic, the popular meaning for this term is unhealthy behaviour that allows for the continuation of an addiction. Probably the most common

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  • The Power of Presence

    One year ago, I wrote about how I accidentally became a runner well into my forties, and my experience of running a race at the Blue Nose Marathon in Halifax. In particular, I examined how

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  • The Third

    “Who is the third who walks always beside you? When I count, there are only you and I together But when I look ahead up the white road There is always another one walking beside

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  • Make Room for Magic

    When I was a child, I happened upon a magical world just by lying in a patch of sun on our basement floor. When positioned exactly right in the sunlight stream, I could suddenly see

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  • Daring to Crack Open

    Have you ever known someone who has “come alive” after an accident or a recovery from an illness? Have you witnessed, or experienced, the intense gratitude and renewed appreciation for life that a brush with

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  • Love and Endings

    For the last five years, I’ve taken a yoga class at a historic church in Halifax’s north end. My yoga morning is one of the highlights of my week. My teacher, Isha Ward, who has

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  • The Space In Between

    Late last week, I was pacing around outside my comfort zone, waiting to get picked up by a friend to go to a “mystery” event. We had both been invited to take part in something

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  • Using Our Gifts For Good

      Recently, I heard singer-songwriter Glen Hansard (The Swell Season, Once) being interviewed on CBC. He said a lot of amazing things, but one line in particular had me running for a pen and paper.

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