Listen to the beauty of people’s lives

Candace (not her real name) was my patient at the hospital. Candace was admitted to High Level Hospital because of pre-mature labor. Candace was a First Nation young woman in her late teens. In one of the nurses report, I had heard nurses at make comments about Candace narcotic seeking behavior. Nurses talked of how in her previous pregnancies, Candace had kept on requesting for Tylenol 3 for pain, we were warned to monitor and be careful with the administration of pain medications to her. Deep in me was a voice calling to listen to Candace’s story, asking that I … Continue reading Listen to the beauty of people’s lives

Love, love, love…and forgive

Let’s give love the keys to our car instead of fear. If I remember correctly…it always led to a better destination. Also, kids forgive so easily. You get in a fight and it’s over by the time school is out for the day. Let the small stuff go! And if you do get in a tiff, try baking your partner their favorite homemade good or write them a handwritten note and hide it somewhere for them to find. Don’t worry about how silly it seems. Don’t worry about who has the power. Just LOVE BIG! Continue reading Love, love, love…and forgive

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat and have found their way out of the depths

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Dana Goodman is a published author, grief counselor and inspirational speaker.  Her memoir is entitled, In the Cleft, Joy Comes in the Mourning, which won top novel at the Wildsound Writing Festival. Dana’s life was hard and unpredictable.  No mother should have to … Continue reading The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat and have found their way out of the depths

Waking up the Oasis

By Joe Gacheru The following is a short fiction story, the story carries us through Sara’s journey of healing. I hope that you enjoy it. To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.-Chinese Proverb It’s the last of twenty minutes of Sara’s fifth zoom etherapy session with a Alex, an American etherapist. Sara had known Alex through Google recommendations.Sara had come to like Alex because Alex was compassionate, empathic, for the four sessions she had had with him he was just sitting together with her , not interrupting, he gave her  positive and supportive feedback that helped her to … Continue reading Waking up the Oasis

Healing through nature walk

Today I was very happy to walk with family in Spirit Sands & Devil’s Punch Bowl, here in Manitoba. Spirit Sands & Devil’s Punch Bowl is a 10.0 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Glenboro-South Cypress, Manitoba, Canada that features a river. The Spirit Sands trail is unique in that it passes through Manitoba’s desert, complete with sand dunes – a stark contrast to the prairie farmland that covers much of the southern portion of the province!  Hiking the Spirit Sands and Devil’s Punch Bowl was challenging but rewarding as the trail passed through a variety of beautiful and … Continue reading Healing through nature walk


“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with My victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NLT) During his years as premier of the Soviet Union, Nikita Kruschev denounced many of the policies and atrocities of Joseph Stalin. In the midst of his speech a heckler shouted, “You were one of his colleagues why didn’t you stop him?” Kruschev screamed, “Who said that?” There was a deathly silence as nobody in the room dared moved a muscle. Then Kruschev said, “Now … Continue reading FACING YOUR FEARS

Decide to finish strong

Every morning in Africa, an antelope wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest antelope or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or an antelope – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running. – African Proverbs “We have to dance it out. That’s how we finish” Doctor Cristina Yang quote in Grey’s Anatomy  “Starting strong is good. Finishing strong is epic.” – Robin Sharma “Whenever you have taken up work in … Continue reading Decide to finish strong

How to Survive Difficult Times

Clinical psychologist Christina G. Hibbert, Psy.D, knows a lot about tough times. Her youngest sister died from cancer at 8 years old. In 2007, another sister and her sister’s husband died within two months of each other. At the time, Hibbert was just several weeks away from giving birth to her fourth child. Almost overnight, she inherited her nephews and became a mom of six. “I have been a daughter in grief, a sister in grief, and a mother raising kids in grief. I know it is not easy.” We’ve all had those rough spells in our family (and romantic life) where … Continue reading How to Survive Difficult Times