Lifestyles

Trying on a decision

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness, Lifestyles, Metaphysics & Complementary Healing | 1 comment

Trying on a decision

In my last post, we talked about intuition, where it comes from and why it’s a useful tool to develop. If you missed the last edition, click on “All posts by Erin Lee” below. One of the most valuable ways we can use our intuition is in decision making, and I’d like to share one of my favourite exercises, “Trying on a Decision”. Trying on a Decision is kind of like shopping for jeans. Most of us don’t take a pair of jeans off of the rack, look at them and say, “yup, these will look good!”. No! We take several pairs of jeans into the change room and try them on. Have...

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Literary Arts in Cowichan Valley

Posted by on May 30, 2016 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles | 0 comments

Literary Arts in Cowichan Valley

Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society (CVCAS) is the representative of all forms of art in the Chemainus Valley. Our catchment area is north of Herd Road to Saltair. We are one of three arts councils in the Cowichan Valley who are working collaboratively to develop arts and culture in the CVRD region. CVCAS is widely known and respected for putting on outstanding music performances in the Chemainus area. Every summer, you can come and sit under the trees and night sky to enjoy our weekly Music in the Park Series. Most weekends all summer, we offer Music Festivals featuring performers from...

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Lawn to Food

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Business, Featured Slider Posts, Food, Gardening, General, Health & Wellness, Lifestyles | 0 comments

Lawn to Food

It’s a very unsuspecting location to find Lynda Smith’s business. In the middle of a Comox neighborhood where homes sit on lots not much larger than a quarter acre, an active vegetable farm is in production year-round. Lynda, founder and operator of Lawn to Food, is immersed in a small business that not only brings fresh, organic and plentiful food to her family’s table, but allows her to educate and coach others to do the same all while sharing the fruits of her labour for others to enjoy. “We had always gown food but I was always the one doing it and the one preparing it and I...

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Why a Retirement Community?

Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Current Posts, General, Health & Wellness, Lifestyles | 0 comments

Why a Retirement Community?

Are you are no longer enjoying cooking? Not eating properly? Or maybe you’re lonely and having a hard time getting out of your home to visit. Are you feeling isolated…or bored? As a ‘tour guide’ for a seniors’ home, I find that many people have at least one of the above concerns. Another big concern for some people reaching the age where they are considering a down size is what seniors homes used to look like. They are remembering the facilities that used to care for their own grandparents or parents. Thankfully we have come a long way and there really is very little, if any,...

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An Accidental Pilgrimage

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles | 2 comments

An Accidental Pilgrimage

Rose Spit was on our list of adventures, and we were running out of time. A few days before, we were blessed to have been two, of a dozen hearty souls who shared a zodiac expedition through Gwaii Hanaas to the site of Sgang Gwaay. But that is a story for another day. My traveling companion, and sister, and I had been asking around Massett for a couple of days, hoping to find a ride out to the spit. There were a few possibilities, but nothing actually firmed up. We were told that Rose Spit was a 15 km return walk. We could see it in the distance. How hard could it be? We would be challenged,...

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Vancouver Island, 1941

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles | 0 comments

Vancouver Island, 1941

There were four crockery barrels on our back porch. I was four years old.  We all had jobs.  My job was to get things from the crocks.  One held eggs preserved in water-glass; one was filled with oolichans (eels) in salt; one, my mother’s concoction of lye, oil and I don’t know what, which was the soap used for dishes, the floor, the laundry, the dog and our Saturday night baths in the tin wash tub; and one, goose grease, the salve of all bad things from cut fingers to leg-aches and whooping cough. When I see an episode of the TV show, “Survivor,” featuring people touching or...

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Your Flashlight

Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles | 0 comments

Your Flashlight

Spring is with us and the days are brighter. This makes me think of a poem that I recently wrote called “Your Flashlight”.  I performed it at the Spiral Café in Victoria, and you can check it out on You Tube if you like.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL_FqK0zIDc I am thrilled to announce that I have been writing with Island Woman Magazine for nearly two years now. Whenever I meet a new audience, I begin in a safe and easygoing manner, and then I begin to unleash myself more and more.  It occurred to me, a few weeks ago, that I have yet to fully unleash, or even step it up a...

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Too Far From The City

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Business, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles, Real Estate | 0 comments

Too Far From The City

Did I hear you utter under your breath, “Too far removed from the city for me.” I know you’d be gobsmacked with our “Gabriola emergency services infrastructure”.  And, this is what I’m going to call it because moving here without much thought to what would happen if:  I locked myself out of my house, out of my car, the campfire got out of control, found my neighbour running down my driveway with his hand slit open from his band saw, hadn’t heard from my elderly neighbour for weeks, witnessed through the autumn mist a crush of Highland cattle herding themselves down Burnside...

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How to Find Help

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness, Lifestyles | 0 comments

How to Find Help

Are you confused or unsure about what kind of help you or your aging loved one is eligible for in the community? Congratulations! You are among the many Canadians who find navigating the healthcare system overwhelming and even a little scary.  Many caregivers find the co-ordination role (similar to that of a case manager) the most stressful part of caregiving even though it takes less time than providing personal care or helping with other household tasks. Let’s say, you think your Mom or wife is showing signs of memory loss but you aren’t sure if it is serious. Or you aren’t...

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Holistic Healing and the Mind

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness, Lifestyles | 1 comment

Holistic Healing and the Mind

Holistic Healing: Exploring the ‘Mind’  Aspect of the Body/Mind/Spirit  Connection Holistic Healing and the Mind The Mind encompasses a huge part of our experience – far more than we are often aware of. It is the Mind aspect of ourselves that controls our inner landscape and which is reflected in our outer experience. Our perception will be coloured by our thoughts, beliefs, emotions and past experiences and will impact the health of the Body and the spiritual direction we take.  Holistic Healing must take into account what happens in the mind. What is Mind? The Webster’s New...

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Canada needs to get serious

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles | 1 comment

Canada needs to get serious

Laurie always has such wise messages.  I felt the need to pass this on to Island Woman’s readers. Trish Summerhayes Owner/publisher. Canada needs to get serious if it’s going to address the unprecedented threat to our way of life that is climate change. The least-expensive, simplest and quickest way would be to restore forested lands and coastal marine ecosystems so they sequester carbon. Vancouver Island and the Salish Sea offer some of the easiest and best pickings to be had anywhere, and we’re long overdue. Promised and re-promised for 20 years, the need to mitigate our...

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One Small Step, One Giant Leap

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in General, Lifestyles | Comments Off on One Small Step, One Giant Leap

One Small Step, One Giant Leap

Society President Takes Three Month LOA for Community & Country, February 29th CEDAR – As a gift, to celebrate the 150th birthday of Canada, the president of a small non-profit society plans to give something he values almost more than anything else, his time. “This is the anniversary of our country’s founding, as well as a decade of great challenges throughout our society,” says Laurie Gourlay. “I wanted to be able to look back on my life and say that I tried to make a difference for the betterment of my community, as well as myself and my family.  And when I...

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What If ?

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles | 0 comments

What If ?

When I ponder the many directions I could take this article, I feel compelled to talk about our upcoming “Pink Day”, on February 24. Pink Day is the international day against bullying, discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, and transmisogyny across the world.  This is a topic that has been speaking to me loud and clear for the last number of months.  I have many poems that would fit well here, one is a new one, hot off the press but yet to be fully processed. I have also created a YouTube video show called “Tea with Carlie” and my first topic is called “Self-love:  A Radical...

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Courage To Be Vulnerable

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles, Metaphysics & Complementary Healing | 0 comments

Courage To Be Vulnerable

When my girls’ father and I were neck deep in the dissolution of our marriage, I remember telling him how weak I felt for having allowed him to take such advantage of my patience, trust and forgiveness over our many years together. I really was struggling with how I had managed to let myself get to a place of feeling so small and unseen. As an intelligent and confident woman, it seemed unbelievable to me that I could have been so blind to what was going on right in front of me, never mind allowing it. To me, it was a sign of weakness that I couldn’t seem to stand up for myself and have my...

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The Power Of Words

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness, Lifestyles | 0 comments

The Power Of Words

My client had just finished describing a situation and I posed the question, ‘How did that strike you?’ That was 30 years ago and I’m grateful my clinical supervisor cautioned me that my choice of the words ‘How did that strike you?’ made it a leading question; ‘strike’ assumes a hit, an offense. It is not an open question. Words can have an aggressive quality and sometimes this is an important, almost desirable, trait.   In his book, The Brain’s Way of Healing, Norman Doidges quotes prominent health professional Abraham Fuks on the use of language in medical practice:...

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Cat Bathing as a Martial Art

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Animal Health, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles | 0 comments

Cat Bathing as a Martial Art

Some people say cats never have to be bathed. They say cats lick themselves clean. But, sometimes kitty does smell or their owner gets an idea that they should be bathed. When that day arrives at your house, here is some advice you might consider as you place your feline friend under your arm and head for the bathtub. Know that although the cat has the advantage of quickness and lack of concern for human life, you have the advantage of strength. Capitalize on that advantage by selecting the battlefield. Don’t try to bathe him in an open area where he can force you to chase him. Pick a...

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