Category Archives for "Your Family Village"

Another Simple Way You Can Build Happiness

Welcome Home! If you’ve listened to much of my material before, you’ll know that what I talk about a lot is our ancestors and how humans biochemically change when we spend time with other humans. Sometimes, I get so busy that I forget to connect with the people I live with. I find that I’m […]

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Embrace Relying Upon Others

Welcome home! In today’s episode I want to talk about our culture of independence and how it may not be the best thing for us. Too busy to read? Watch the video or listen to the podcast instead! A number of years ago I had my Tarot cards read. Now, for some of you that […]

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Gezelligheid: Creating Happy The European Way

Hello from Haarlem! This week’s blog comes to you from Netherlands, where I visited briefly. It seems so appropriate that I would be in North Holland to learn first-hand about the concept of gezelligheid, as my podcast for the past couple of weeks has been focused on the Danish concept called hygge. In practice, hygge is a […]

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The Hygge Life: How To Create A Family

Welcome home! In last week’s podcast I talked about the Danish concept of hygge (‘hue-gah’), a set of guidelines for staying cozy in the long, dark winter months. About slowing down and paying attention to the little comforts that life has to offer. I talked about how the Danish create a cozy environment by wearing comfy clothes, […]

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Creating the Hygge Life: Guidelines for Living

Welcome home! Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) in essence is the Scandinavian concept of being cozy. It originated in Denmark generations ago, and is described as the feeling of being comfy. In practice, hygge is a set of guidelines for living simply, and with grace. It encourages us to slow down, to take the time to seek out […]

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I Am Calling Out The Nuclear Family

Welcome home! When many people think of the definition of “family” they think of the basic nuclear family structure as defined in the dictionary: “A couple and their dependent children, regarded as a basic social unit.” But what if it could be more than that? Too busy to read? Listen to the podcast instead! The old […]

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Basketball

I hear that many people look back on their elementary school gym classes with fondness. Me. Not so much. My emotional experience of gym class ranged between mildly awkward to extremely humiliating. Three times each week, I loathed how my school day, that is the part where I was sitting at my desk, doing things […]

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That God-Damned Trudeau

Dad, always left-leaning politically, was probably progressive in a way that was ahead of his time. He and my uncles would always bet a bottle of booze as to which of their favourite political parties would win each federal or provincial election. My Dad would always vote for the New Democratic Party (NDP), the left-leaning […]

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Watching Movies With Elma

Mom said she was diagnosed with Saint Vitus Dance (or Sydenham’s Chorea) as a child. Saint Vitus Dance comes from a childhood infection often brought on by rheumatic fever. Although Saint Vitus Dance most often resolves by the time people reach adulthood, Mom continued to have latent effects of the condition. The result was that […]

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Because Being Kind Grows:

I am embarrassed to say that I have not always been kind. I have been that person at the other end of the phone with a customer service representative (my cell phone company, cable provider, or what have you) and became not only unkind but rude or abusive. I have, in the past, been unkind […]

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Because Family is About the Heart

As a divorce lawyer I deal with people all day long who are at an end of their spousal relationships. In our culture as a whole, we often see divorce as a bad thing. It is an end. It marks the failure of two people not being able to make it through to “the end.” […]

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Wonder Oil

Elma held two absolute and incontrovertible beliefs. One of those beliefs was in the existence of God. The other was that Wonder Oil cured everything.  Wonder Oil is still available for purchase. It is topical remedy-type oil containing cloves and menthol. It is marketed to relieve pain caused by bruises, joint and muscular pain, sore […]

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On Clearing The Kitchen Table

Never have I experienced home like I did on 11407-207 Street, in Hammond. Our house could be described as boisterous, messy, and very very busy. There were always kids in various stages of growth from small active children to sullen teenagers gripped in the throws of hormonal overload. Along with the kids were the dogs, […]

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A Day of Firsts

I have always hated the “c” word. Here is why. It was a summer day when I was about 7 or 8 years old. It would be a day of a lot of firsts. I think Hammond, our small community on the mainland area of British Columbia, represented as rather rough in the 70s. A […]

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