Are You Ready? It’s Coming

I stopped at a store today, wanting to get some new hand towels for my half bath.  I wanted Christmas ones. Maybe penguins, since my youngest daughter loves “Happy Feet” or snowmen, because the older one loves the inflated snowman her dad put in the yard.  Or Rudolph, or…well you get the picture.  I wanted hand towels that would reflect the season in a child’s eyes. Imagine my surprise when the store (you know the big...

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Thor Comes Calling to Calgary

My dear Debra, Just a very quick note to let you know that I have hurriedly sent Thor on his way to Washington.  You can have him. When Thor’s travels brought him to Calgary, I was thrilled.  I welcomed him into my home. He relaxed from his journey. He liked my two dogs, but wasn’t impressed that they wanted to carry him around.  Fear not, Thor, I’ll protect you.           I was delighted to tell my friends...

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Substance Abuse Disorder or Who Me? A Junkie?

In the thirties, when the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous concluded that alcoholism was a disease, people were outraged. Everyone knew it was a moral weakness and nothing more. How times have changed. Today Substance Abuse Disorder is considered a mental illness. The DSM-V defines it as “A maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress”. To put it into simpler language: Addiction is defined as...

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