Posts By: Hazel Anaka

Hazel Anaka

From Where I Sit—The Shortest Path

As long as I can remember I’ve been a sucker for blank journals.  Of course, back in the day they were a motley collection of simple three-subject coil notebooks or plain-jane, utilitarian books like the old black and white Mead composition books of our youth.  They ranged in size from small, pocket or purse sized… Read more »

From Where I Sit—No Need to Re-Invent the Wheel

Before Christmas I was scoping out the books at Costco.  With their limited space they usually carry the hottest titles and always, always have a discounted price.  I picked up a copy of Timothy Ferriss’ newest titles: Tools of Titans and Tribe of Mentors.  He is the bestselling author of the 4 Hour Work Week. … Read more »

From Where I Sit—One Perfect Word Redux

Faithful readers of this space may remember that in 2017 I wrote about author Debbie Macomber’s decades-long habit of choosing one perfect word to focus on for a year.   She chose words like wisdom, prayer, surrender, hope, purpose.   My own experiment with the word ‘kindness’ was not a total failure.   I didn’t do all the… Read more »

From Where I Sit-Unpack and Examine

“Warm, funny…unbearably moving.”  Such is just some of the high praise for Fredrik Backman’s debut novel, A Man Called Ove.   Like one of life’s sweetest surprises, I stumbled on this book entirely by accident.  During a visit to the Canmore library I checked out the book sale rack.  I was drawn to the book’s somewhat… Read more »

From Where I Sit—A Better 2018

Have you ever been warned off a particular store because it’s ‘dangerous’ in there?  That very thing happened to me during my last acupuncture appointment.  During the roughly-hour-and-a-half I’m there there’s plenty of time to talk about things other than my knotted body or blocked chi. Ruby is a Chinese woman who’s been in Canada… Read more »

From Where I Sit—Sweet Precious Sleep

Have you ever suffered sleep disturbance because of a mind heavy with thought?  The thoughts may be disturbing if the underlying issue is serious.  If someone is worried about a dire diagnosis, job security, money trouble, cracks in a relationship, or the perennial favourite—the meaning of life—the angst is real.  The thoughts that consume us… Read more »

From Where I Sit—The Real Question

Regular readers of this column know I very seldom name names.  I’ve always felt my immediate family is fair game but anyone else is off limits.  This time that changes. A bit of backstory.  From Where I Sit first appeared in a local weekly newspaper in April 2002.  A few months later when it became… Read more »

From Where I Sit—All is Good

For most of us the ability to travel by air is a treat and a blessing.  We’re not required to do so for high-powered careers or trans-continental love affairs.  We’re usually heading out on vacation and already in a good frame of mind. Oh, sure we get ticked off by the high ticket prices, the… Read more »

From Where I Sit—Unpack and Examine

“Warm, funny…unbearably moving.”  Such is just some of the high praise for Fredrik Backman’s debut novel, A Man Called Ove.   Like one of life’s sweetest surprises, I stumbled on this book entirely by accident.  During a visit to the Canmore library I checked out the book sale rack.  I was drawn to the book’s somewhat… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Focus Vault

At a recent conference, speaker Curt Steinhorst’s keynote address was called Thriving in the Age of Distraction.  He’s a talented guy that I’ve had the pleasure of hearing before, and this time was no exception.  Not only is his material fact-based, but he offers simple solutions to keep this from being “just another speech.” Regrettably,… Read more »