Stories [Navigating the Cs: Curiousity]

Every day I listen to the same radio host on my drive home.  Somehow she magically unfolds the most hilarious city-wide conversations from the most mundane conversation starters.  I often find myself laughing out loud, alone in my car.  Click here to read more.

Life Can Surprise You [Navigating the Cs: Curiosity]

I am an excellent planner.  It is my worst and best characteristic.  On the positive side, I get a lot done, both in my personal life and at work.  Strategizing and goal-setting are very employable traits.  On the negative side, I am prone to disappointment when things don’t work out as I envision, and sometimes I get boxed in by the sheer volume of plans I’ve made. Click here to read more.

An Exercise in Humility [Navigating the Cs: COURAGE]

Last fall I started a new fitness regime that cycles participants through a series of stations with the help of a trainer.  Every day the stations are different, and the exercises are as creative as they are tough.  This is wonderfully interesting, but it presents a new challenge for me as well:  I am person who is used to crafting my art, whatever the art may be.  Click here to read more.

Self in the Negative Spaces [Navigating the Cs: CLARITY]

In art there is such a thing as negative space, where the focus is on the background rather than on the object itself.  In the sketch of a tree, the vivid surroundings outline the shape, but the area inside the tree itself is vacant.  When drawing negative space, the artist pays close attention to the contours of the object and their interaction with the environment.      Click here to read more.

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Navigating the Cs [CALM: The Tuesdays]

Every so often I get a case of The Tuesdays.  Waking up and setting feet on the floor, I’m overwhelmed.  There is so much to do.  It is not the important things that leave me feeling frazzled, but the ordinary tasks and jobs.  Did I send that email?  When do I have time to get an oil change?  Why am I always too lazy to pair my socks when they come out of the dryer?  Do you really need to floss your teeth daily?  Click here to read more.

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Navigating the Cs [CALM: Breathing]

I had my summer planned:  there were going to be hikes, coffee dates, and lazy days in the sun.  My plans came to a screeching halt when an unlikely accident left me with a broken bone and significant muscle damage.  

On the hottest day of the summer, I wasn’t sitting at the top of the mountain sipping water, satisfied with my climb.  I was sitting in a hospital gown, waiting for surgery and not allowed to eat. 

As I sat there, the anxiety grew before my eyes like magic bean seeds outside the window....  Click here to read more.

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Navigating the Cs [Intro]

Spring is a season of new growth.  It is a time for new projects, resolutions, and plans for the future. 

This spring we are pleased to launch a new series entitled Navigating the Cs.  Each month we will feature and explore a different word starting with the letter C.    Click here to read more.

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Laughing, Despite It All

Written by J. Greenwood

Nothing soothes and nourishes a wounded heart like laughing. After a season of too many tears, I can see that good humour is essential during times of struggle. Humour is a jolt of energy when we feel overwhelmed and a dose of softness when we want to feel hard....  Click here to read more.

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Through (Mental) Sickness and Health - Part 2

Written by J. Greenwood

When caring for your spouse during a season of mental illness, there will be moments when you ask yourself, “What did I ever see in you?”  It is tempting to let this question stew until your heart feels nice and bitter, but it is not very healthy.  However, “What did I ever see in you?” can actually be a useful question when it is not used rhetorically.  Click here to read more...

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The Dead Pieces

Written by J. Greenwood

Geraniums are my favourite plant – I love that rich, earthy smell and those brilliant flowers, but it is the heartiness of the geranium that makes it so exceptional to me.  While orchids, lilies, and pansies win on design, I swear I can kill them by looking at them wrong.  Click here to read more...

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