Monthly Archives: August 2011

Pollyanna vs the voices

August 29, 2011 The voices have started. They started a couple of weeks ago. As today approached, they became louder and louder. Clamouring in my head. Telling me everything I did not want to hear: “You aren’t going to make … Continue reading

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Using chores to build self-esteem in children

August 28, 2011 I have always upheld the belief that having the responsibility to complete chores is important for a child’s growth. My children have had assigned chores since they were preschoolers. As they got older, the type of chores … Continue reading

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Movies worth watching – again

August 27, 2011 I watched “A Beautiful Mind” today with my son. Although this movie was released in 2001, this was the first time I had watched it. I had heard this was an excellent movie. Whenever someone mentioned it, … Continue reading

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Test driving the options

August 26, 2011 One week ago my son and I had left on our road trip from Edmonton, Alberta, to Victoria, B.C. We enjoyed a delightful soak in a hot tub under the stars at the HI Nordegg – Shunda … Continue reading

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Passing down stories

August 25, 2011 I spent the day visiting my 79 year-old father. We spent the afternoon looking at pictures. Each picture refreshed his memory and he regaled us with stories of his horse racing days. From the time I started … Continue reading

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Negotiation 101

August 24, 2011 I spent most of today on the phone negotiating with my insurance adjustor. It all seemed like a waste of time to me. But it was necessary for my claim. I kept my patience and maintained my … Continue reading

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Laying the foundation

August 23, 2011 Today I decided to take matters into my own hands. I still hadn’t heard from the insurance as to the appraised damage on my car. And, although I had purchased the basic necessities, I did not have … Continue reading

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