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What Do We Owe Our Parents?

We lost my 87-year-old father-in-law a week ago. Gabe was a contradictory man, curious and cultured, self-effacing and kind, yet stubborn and curmudgeonly at times. In 1966, he led a daring escape from Communist Romania with his wife and only child, determined to...

Loneliness and Togetherness

There’s an epidemic of loneliness. We’ve all heard it. However bad it was before Covid, it’s worse now. Especially for those hunkering down solo, with little human contact. They miss their family and friends. Phone calls and social-distanced walks...

How Do YOU Avoid Pain?

I recently read In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Hungarian-born Canadian physician Dr. Gabor Maté. It’s an unflinching look at the addiction epidemic from someone who’s been on the front lines of Vancouver’s skid row. The patient case studies...

What Do You Do When Those Around You Are Suffering?

A number of my friends and family members are struggling. No, not the run-of-the-mill Covid malaise so many of us are experiencing. I’m talking about protracted mental health issues—including anxiety and depression. To be honest, I feel helpless. As a recovering...