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Travelling with Anxiety

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We’ve all seen the videos. Parents craftily surprising their children with news that they’re going to Disney—and the kids just about implode with excitement? Let’s just say…I was not that kid. The news of a trip anywhere filled me with such unease and trepidation that…

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Prayers for Yatsen

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Sometimes, someone in our community needs our help. Right now, it’s this beautiful family of three: Yatsen was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. His life will be on hold while he recovers from surgery and deals with chemo and…

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Walking With My Father

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When my parents would go out on Saturday nights, I’d always anxiously await their return home because it meant my dad and I could go on one of our “night walks”. This is what we called our Saturday night ritual. Just…

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Dear Teenage Self

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Dear teenage self- Here’s some friendly advice from an older, wiser 44 year old you. Being popular is very, very overrated. Friends are the family you get to choose, so choose them wisely. Having a handful of good, solid, trustworthy…

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Empathy Effect

Happy Birthday Empathy Effect!

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Empathy is the true capacity to understand or feel what another being is experiencing from within. What started out as a yearlong social media experiment to inspire and galvanize empathy has ballooned into a widespread campaign to engage people to perform one act of…

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The Wooden Stool

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From the time my mother was 8 years old, my Bubbie (the Yiddish term for grandmother) Celia walked with crutches.  It was very difficult for her to leave her home, which meant that our weekly visits were almost always at…

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TV Treasures from our Childhood

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Growing up the 60s and 70s, my TV wonder years were warm and fuzzy. As a young child, the first TV shows I can recall are (Saturday morning) classic cartoon series, my favourites: The Looney Tunes and The Flintstones, other…

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