Category Archives: Caregiving

How healthy is your doctor?

Last week, I enjoyed a much needed vacation with my family. We cruised from Seattle to Alaska and took an excursion to the Yukon. Along the way, we enjoyed spectacular vistas and the beauty of nature. But being a physician, … Continue reading

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Channel your inner mom: 4 ways to be a better mom . . . to yourself

When I come home to my wife at the end of the day, I know better than to ask, “What did you do today?” On the days she doesn’t work, she accomplishes a myriad of tasks that magically make the … Continue reading

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Celebrating Families

On every Boxing Day as far back as I can remember, my maternal aunts, uncles and cousins have gathered not just to celebrate Christmas but also family. This year was the first time my dear Auntie Marj wasn’t there. She … Continue reading

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Celebrate Your Best Friends!

Great friends are rare and precious gifts. They enrich your life in subtle, significant and irreversible ways. They listen with interest . . .  and understand. They give honest feedback when you need it (even if you don’t ask). They … Continue reading

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Appreciating Your Life

Soon after their births, my first thoughts on holding each of my children: “Thank you for this precious life.” It remains at the core of my thoughts, grounding and shaping my actions, as a father, a husband, a friend and … Continue reading

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How Is Love Manifest In Your Life?

I recall in my youth – at our neighbourhood United Church, there was a point during each Sunday service when the minister would ask the congregation to share how God had acted in our lives during the week. Like the … Continue reading

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Good Stress, Bad Stress. What Kind of Stress Do You Cause?

Hans Selye distinguished good stress (eustress) from bad stress (distress). Sometimes it’s not easy to tell the difference. You may dream of a stress-free life, but such a life could be boring . . . or empty. Being a parent … Continue reading

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