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Thanksgiving – The Turkey Of Commercialism?

Photo Courtesy of Lululemon Athletica

Has Thanksgiving become just another excuse for retailers to make a dollar at the expense of consumers? My argument is ‘no.’ In my opinion Thanksgiving, like any other holiday, is what you make of it. Of course, nowadays finding a store with closed doors on a holiday would be a shocker. Retailers are obviously going to take advantage of mass […]

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The Thin Line Between Guilt And Gratitude

Photo courtesy of Eugene Kim

With Canadian Thanksgiving fast approaching, I’ve had my mind on the idea of being thankful. In particular, a conversation at work related quite nicely to this topic. Two nurses were talking about their experiences while visiting South Africa and all the poverty and strife they witnessed, especially from the medical perspective. One nurse said, “After coming back home, I didn’t […]

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Notes

Notes

I have this neurotic habit of writing notes and hanging on to them in fear that I might forget an idea or a thought. I’ll frantically jot something down on whatever I can find: a gum wrapper, a piece of cardboard, a receipt or an old magazine and shove what I’ve written into the first drawer I see. Then, months […]

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Why I love what I do…

Why I love what I do…

After two years of nursing clinicals in various fields, and now a full month of being a paid nurse in one of the Neonatal Intensive Care Units here in Calgary, Alberta, I found myself waking up at 530 this morning for a day shift as happy as ever. Now, some may say, 530 AM???? Yes, I hear ya. I hate […]

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Flooded With Emotions

Flooded With Emotions

Inundation. It’s a big word right now in my corner of the world. Thanks to record flood waters working their way down the Missouri River, we are hearing this word a lot. The Army Corps of Engineers has been putting out inundation maps, showing us just how much water to expect. Many families in my community are anticipating 8-10 feet […]

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To the Ladies in the Class of 2011

To the Ladies in the Class of 2011

This weekend we traveled to Iowa to watch my husband’s little sister, Emily, graduate from high school. With more than four hundred kids receiving diplomas, the predictable formulaic speeches, and the Principal’s near-comical obsession with her school’s substantial AP program, I had quite a bit of time to think about all the stuff I wish I knew at that age. […]

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Memorial Day- What Does It Mean To You?

Memorial Day- What Does It Mean To You?

There really is no way for me to wish you a happy memorial day. It doesn’t make any sense to me. I think of the families that have lost their sons, their husbands, their wives, their mothers and I just can’t. There is a long sigh of sadness, a lump in my throat when I think of the blood and […]

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The World Doesn’t End Today….I hope

The World Doesn’t End Today….I hope

Yes, just like you, I’ve been hearing a LOT of stories about how today is the last day for all of us mere mortals…Or maybe December 12 2012- according to another Mayan prophecy..or maybe…who knows? Personally, I would like it if the world didn’t end today…and here are my reasons…. 1. I still haven’t read all the books I wanted […]

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05.21.2011 Judgment Day: My F&#k It List

05.21.2011 Judgment Day: My F&#k It List

Christians, rejoice, for there is an old dude in town and his name is God. Finally, the Rapture you’ve earned by being boring and pious will be realized. Don’t miss it — Saturday, May 21, 2011, 6 pm. Place: Everywhere. Instant Grace abounds. Judgment Day really snuck up on me. Like most Gen-X and Yers, I’ve mildly procrastinated on finishing […]

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Don’t Hit a Girl

Don’t Hit a Girl

A good friend of mine and I had a New York moment the other night, when we walked past a screaming fight between a young man and woman. Well, they weren’t just screaming — one guy was holding back the man so he wouldn’t hit the woman. And he did eventually push the woman, at which point she fell on […]

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Road Rage: A Self-Realization

Road Rage: A Self-Realization

I have a confession to make. I think I rage a bit when driving. Well, not like RAGE, but I think I get impatient fast. I’m ashamed to write it down actually, but it’s the honest truth. I guess this roots from a bit of ego… I like to think of myself as a good driver. I don’t speed (although […]

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I’m Thankful For….

I’m Thankful For….

“I’m Thankful for Mom and Dad,” said one younger cousin. “I’m Thankful for Mom and Dad,” echoed her sister.   “Katrina, what are you thankful for?” asked my grandmother. “Nothin’,” I pouted. My poor grandma. She was just trying to get her older grandchildren to think about what we   appreciated in our lives before the family said a perfunctory grace and […]

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What Waiting Lines? (Another Observation from Across the Pond)

I recently moved to Dundee, Scotland where my husband accepted a job. It’s hard to say what will happen to healthcare reform now that the process has dragged on and the insurance companies have poured money into protecting their shareholders. It is, however, fairly certain that any reforms — if there are any at all — will not remotely resemble […]

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