Plan Ahead to Beat the Holiday Blues

Some people take the season head-on, putting up the holiday decorations before the Thanksgiving dishes have grown cold. Others go with the flow and brave the mall crowds at the last minute.

Some just wish the whole season would go away. No matter what your style, a little planning and preparation will make it easier to cope with holiday stress.

“The key is to be proactive,” said Ron Bale Ph.D., staff psychologist at Community Memorial Hospital and a private practice since 1979. “If you know that the holidays are a difficult time for you, get together with a close friend and bounce some ideas off them.”

The temptation to overdo is a lot stronger during the holidays. There are so many choices and so many expectations that it’s easy to overeat, overspend or simply run yourself ragged trying to keep up with the festivities. Decide ahead of time how you want to celebrate the season. Share your plan with your family or a friend who can help you stick with it. Read More “Plan Ahead to Beat the Holiday Blues”

Arriving and Enjoying New York

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Going through Pearson was easy as pie. Customs was nothing – my fears of being fingerprinted and having to answer a circle of questions were never realized.

The dude at customs glanced at me asked what i was doing in America then before i could answer stamped my passport.

The biggest struggle was with the metal detector. I had no idea I had so much metal on me. I had to remove my boots and belt then have every pocket searched. So it goes.

The de-icing machines are like something out of a science fiction movie. They move as if they are elephants
WestJet really is as good as everyone says it is.
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Hail to the NEW chief

Well, there you have it kids, no more missile shield. “After careful consideration of the issue, we have decided that Canada will not participate in the U.S. ballistic missile defense system.” (Pierre Pettigrew) At least that is what we want to think.

We are a already involved. Canada is involved in R&D and in other roundabout ways through NORAD and even NAFTA. I can’t find a link for this right now.

Canada is being sucked into a vacuum filled with racism, hatred, fear, loathing, repression, ignorance, (…), and a place where if something is seen it must be said.

Say goodbye to Canadian sovereignty in the air and in the north. And give a nice hello to our 1939 Germany-esque neighbours.

Now before you say “!”, let me say that I’m not comparing America to the Nazis, rather just the annexation issue. I could’ve chosen the Western Sahara and Morocco if I wanted, but do you even know what I mean by that?

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Cambridge Dreams

In one dream I am a method actor taking part in the production of a film about the ancient [and epic] political rallies of the Alaskan Inuit. Over the course of the film’s production, I drift away from relevant characterization, and become a hitman. From atop the Alaskan Inuit Palace, I shoot at six men identified from a list of pictures and names written on the steeple.eskimonames

Almost instantly [although his tone of voice suggests that at least six months have passed] a man appears atop the steeple with me, claiming that I killed his friends and family, and must be punished for my actions, regardless of their emotional un-associations.

“It was just a job” I say, but he pulls a weapon resembling the wishbone of a turkey, yet made up of a cascading array of either shards of glass or razorblades! Several minutes of struggle transpire, before he succeeds at slipping it into my neck some fifty times in the space of a moment. Stringy cords are all that remain, and it seems the razorshards were poisoned, as well. Read More “Cambridge Dreams”

The Great Outdoors, American Stereotypes and London

As a Canadian I find it hard to shrug off the stereotypical image of overweight North Americans, and I find this interesting because my own perception of Canadians is that we are a very sporty and active bunch.

Even in the cities there is massive stream of traffic heading out in all direction on a Friday afternoon or night after work of people looking to get away and into the mountains for a few days of active relaxation.

I found this culture to be totally nonexistent in the UK. Weekends were about socializing and most of the time that meant drinking. It may very well have been the group of people I associated with but I got the impression it was a general reflection of the society.

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