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10 Reasons To Celebrate Aging…

Yesterday was my birthday. I'm not sad. Not manic, either. Just celebrating aging and a joyous day. Here are 10 reasons why:

1. It went on for three days, beginning Saturday. I had my hair cut. Very short. It's a brush cut. I love carefree hair. Who has time to fuss with hair, so  every eight weeks, I'm buzzed.

2. Then, I met my closest girlfriend and we walked to a tiny perfect new...
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7 Reasons Why Working Heals…

I'm not dead. I'm still here. I'm not "away" in a mental hospital. I'm not manic and flying.

You may have thought that and I wouldn't blame you.

Quite the contrary – I'm thriving on


Work is the greatest therapy of all. Here's why:

Work gives you a sense of purpose and we all need to feel purposeful and useful.
It gives you a reason to get up in the morning, get dressed and get...
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Day 15, Part One: Life Happens. It Takes Twice As Long Online…


UPDATE: It is now 4:52 on Monday, June 25. It is Day 15 of my Blogathon. I had planned to continue the discussion I began yesterday, when I arrived home, but I just did and I'm exhausted. I took the bus and the subway. Therefore, I hope you'll accept that this is my post for today. Tomorrow, I'll finish writing Is "Texting Destroying Our Humanity, Part Two."

This has not been a...
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Day 11: How My Dogs Keep Me Sane, Part Two…


The most wondrous thing about my dogs is their innate "cuddle-ability."

Riley and Lucy love nothing more than to be held and petted. They beg for it. And who can resist a face like Riley's?

My dogs have "cuddle-ability"...


This is a Dandie Dinmont Terrier trait. They so love to cuddle that at all our Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of Canada public events we have a special "Cuddling Parlour" where anyone can sit down...
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Day Nine: Distraction in Cabbagetown…

Although I do not have any clinically diagnosed anxiety disorder, I live with anxiety all the time. It's my default mode, part of my emotionally sensitive complexion.

Today is one of those days.

Something's going to

Not here. Not to me directly. I'm worried about it and I won't even be here to worry about it.

My anxiety and I will be traveling around downtown on the TTC again in the sweltering...
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Day Six: Ripping Out My Knitting…

I had another blog post planned for you today, but it will have to wait.

This one is about knitting. Ripping out knitting, actually. Thus far, I have encountered relatively few problems with my knitting and crocheting, but today was different.

Today, it was knitting Hell in this

Ninety-nine percent of the time, I adore knitting. It's a reliable self-soothing activity. Delightfully portable. I knit in the car. On the bus. On the subway. Whilst awaiting appointments.

Usually I...
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Being “Attuned” to Myself and My Body, Part 2…

I regarded my body with

Now, I'm actually beginning to luxuriate in my physicality. To feel a sense of compassion and empathy for my body especially when I consider how I abused it and detested it all my life. Not fair, considering how well it served me.

This process is not linear. It ebbs and flows.

I still have simply awful moments and days. But I swallow the discomfort and do my best to use the strategies...
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Becoming “Attuned” To Myself, Part 1…

It's been a while since we spoke. Please forgive me.

Lots happening here. Most of all, I've been coping with breathtaking changes, coming so fast it's hard for me to keep up.

Settling into my

Five months ago I finished the Toronto General Hospital Outpatient Eating Disorder Program. I'm settling into my body.

It's exciting. I've learned to trust the eating plan. It works. But it's no cakewalk. I still have urges. Mini-subjective binges. I fight...
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6 Ways To Bounce Back From Unemployment Stress

Stress can't begin to describe how it feels to cope with being unemployed.

In today's economy, with soaring unemployment rates, cut-backs, massive lay-offs and a consumerist culture shouts "buy, buy, buy," it's devastating to be jobless.

Furthermore, our cultural values are out of sync – how we value ourselves and our mental and emotional health versus the value of work, money and "stuff."

(Ironically, volunteer work builds self-esteem more than a huge salary...
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