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The 2017 Alberta Flu Bug Arrives at my Door

I shall take you to bed and have my way with you. I will make you ache, shake, and sweat until you moan and groan. I will make you beg me to stop! When I am finished you will be weak for days. Sincerely, The Flu. I’ve been getting an Annual Flu shot since 2003,…

After a Flood – Responding to Stress

I read a study the other day that looked at post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in flood victims. The study observed the long term effects on residents of a flood in Poland in 1997. I was struck by the similarities between that flood and the floods here in Alberta – a sudden and huge water…

Just Listen to Me – It’s Not About the Nail

My problems might seem really obvious to someone else, but I don’t necessarily want to be told how to fix them. I might just want someone to listen to me – show me that they care about me. If I want advice, I’ll ask for it. Now, I just need to follow my own advice.…

Comforts Zones and Risk Tolerance

The length of this document defends it well against the risk of its being read. – Winston Churchill – I’ll keep this story short, then, with a few photos -not risqué, just risky. Risk Tolerance and Comfort Zone – two concepts to think about now and then. At our house, The Car Guy is working…

LEGO Surgeon Says, This is What is Wrong!

The Car Guy was still in the hospital after his Motorcycle Accident when our daughter, The Nurse, gave her dad this Lego Surgeon. If you look very carefully at the x-ray in the Surgeon’s hand, you might see what is wrong with the patient. We decided the x-ray showed a rib fracture, though if you…

How Does Fear Affect You?

Fear is an excellent motivation tool. It exerts pressure on a person to act against their normal will. It gets the job done quickly, too. Parents use fear to encourage certain behaviour (the example I use here is likely offensive to today’s parents, but you get the idea): Even very young children need to be…