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Children vary in their general level of anxiety and in how well they cope with changes. With the impact of COVID-19 on the start of the school year, many children are experiencing higher levels of worry and distress.
This information sheet presents some strategies to help you identify your child’s level of anxiety, and support their mental health as they prepare to return to school in person. (For strategies to support you as a parent at this stressful time, see the information sheet “Back to school during COVID-19: Tips for parents’ well-being.”) Our thanks to Canadian Mental Health

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Closed doors opens others!

“As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better.” – Steve Maraboli

“Do you have epic fails in your life that have defined you? Sadly, you will continue to err–as you are human. While you may want to beat yourself up and scream at mistakes, your disappointments provide you the chance for one of the greatest lessons.

Failure is all around you. From raising children to working a job, you make mistakes every day. A young toddler even fails at things too. How many times have you told your infant not to touch the stove?

It wasn’t until they touch the stove and feel the scorching pain that they realize they’ve made a horrible error. However, the burn will go away, but the pain they experienced will teach them a lesson.

Your life is remarkably like that of a toddler. You’re going through life learning as you go. Did you know that the fear of failure can often be more traumatizing than the epic fails that you experience in life?

It’s natural to want to avoid things that cause you pain to develop anxiety and panic. The child who touched the hot stove might be so scared of getting burnt again that they won’t come within five feet of the cooker. It’s unrealistic to avoid a stove for the rest of the child’s life, and you can’t avoid living for fear of falling or getting hurt.”

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Attitude and Mind Set

Strong women are special people who make big changes in this world. They have a vision and don’t stop until their dreams become reality. To them, life is too short to shrink down into a lesser version of themselves. They rise up and meet themselves so they can become the person they were meant to be. A strong woman will shake this world to its core and make a permanent imprint on the universe.

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“Write about what you know”. Royal Roads University’s Les Wiseman

And D.T. did with perfection. The plot develops around DNA being altered by unscrupulous researchers for their nefarious objectives.

Dr. Jack discovers progeria in young dogs. Her research reveals the condition is widespread across the country.

Rylie’s veterinarian experience and scientific knowledge is woven discreetly into Dr. Jack’s efforts to discover the dogs’ premature deaths. Jacklin’s tenacity leads her on a dangerous journey as she closes in on the Canis Project.

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Angry people. How to respond.

“You’re a real Bitch, you know that?”
“Thank you”

The Power of Positivity offers the following:

When you’re dealing with mean people, it is important to stay positive. Whether it’s a stranger, a co-worker, spouse, or any other person in your life, knowing what to say is important. You don’t want to be rude in return, as it could only make the situation worse. Plus, it could irreparably damage a relationship that is important to you. It’s important that you don’t let people be mean to you, though, no matter who they are. By speaking up and coming back with a quick response, you’ll let them know that the behavior isn’t acceptable. If you have a person in your life who tends to be rude at certain times, remember these comebacks to use next time. These comebacks could stop their behavior on the spot, and they could help them be nicer in the future, too.

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Taking a Bite Out of Crime

Do you ever ask yourself why you don’t have the power to make decisions which could change your life? Often the solution is viewing a Hollywood adaptation of an extreme case of convictions. Watch these seniors’ reaction to an attempted robbery.

Don’t scoff at seniors defending themselves. I have taught groups of seniors, numerous with mobility challenges and to a person they learned and demonstrated skills they use to keep themselves safe. The lessons raised their personal safety awareness and gave them confidence in being able to control their own environment.

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Brighten your day with Jazz.

Jazz Aficionados.

Retired Secret Service Agent Jackson Pennington plays Lester Young at Marc Stucki’s Steak-Seafood & Jazz fine dining restaurant in Santa Barbara, California in “Vancouver Secrets” debuting in February 2020.

When not jamming with a quartet at Stucki’s Pennington is investigating money laundering in British Columbia and California with his fellow “J” Team Investigators.

Read more of Jackson Pennington’s remarkable saxophone talent in “Barkley Sound Secrets”.…/barkley-sound-secrets/

You may recognize friends or relatives portraying themselves in this thriller of British Columbia’s cocaine entrepreneurships.

In this album, Lester is jamming with Montreal’s jazz king Oscar Peterson.

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Are we masochists?

Are we masochists?

Do we gain pleasure from the pain and humiliation from sadists?

Of course not.

Why then do we engage in social media discussions with those whose pleasure is derived from hurting others?

Why not just block them and move on with our lives?

We will never convince them the morality of equal pay, of racial equality/justice, or the world benefits of the Olympics or the joy of extending a helping hand to others.

“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.” Martin Luther King Jr.

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“I am not him”

Far too much emphasis has been placed in Canada on the actions of a Minneapolis police officer. America’s problems are their problems, not ours.

Canada is not perfect but Canadian officers ARE NOT HIM.

I’m a Police officer. I’m not Chauvin.

I’m a mom. I’m not him. I’m a wife. I’m not him. I’m a daughter, sister, cousin, friend. I’m not him. I’M NOT HIM.
His actions don’t represent me, or how I am as a Police officer. Before you think that all cops are racist and evil, think about this for a second.

You’re friends with me. you’ve laughed with me, hugged me, cried with me, shared stories with me, come to me for advice. I’ve listened to you vent. I’ve seen you at your best and worst. I’ve celebrated life’s little moments with you!

When I put on my uniform and go to work, that Jamie doesn’t go way. If you feel for one second I’m racist cop delete me, don’t ever speak to me again. If you know I’m not racist, then please know that not all cops are racist, and use excessive force.

What happened to Floyd was not a cop doing his job, that was a cop who doesn’t have compassion about his job or the people in his community.

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“I’m a heinous asshole. I’m a bit of a bastard. I should never have done it. I walked up to that window, I said, ‘It’s got to happen,'” Finn said. “I was going to shoot myself, do her and do myself at the same time.”

Read how it happened, the warning signs which were ignored and what society can do to stem the tide of rising domestic violence.

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