Posts By: Hazel Anaka

Hazel Anaka

From Where I Sit – First Step to Success

I doubt anyone other than Zen Buddhists get through life without peeking into the lives of those around them. If we’re a wee bit enlightened, we make our observations with the detached curiosity of a scientist rather than the wild-eyed envy of a maniac. Hell yeah, they’re younger, thinner, richer, or smarter than we are…. Read more »

From Where I Sit – Not a Bad Way

I’ve often mocked the hours of pre-game coverage of major sporting events on TV like the Grey Cup or Superbowl. That I don’t understand or like football clearly doesn’t increase my tolerance. Who needs to see game highlights from previous (often decades old) contests? Or suffer through mind-numbing stats rattled off by expert panels of… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Finish First

My mom, Roy, and I just collected on a Christmas present from Hilary. She gave each of us a ticket to the Garth Brooks world tour concert in Edmonton. I don’t think anyone expected he’d end up selling more than 143,000 tickets in nine shows but that’s what happened. Ours was for the seven o’clock… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Improves Your Odds

As my recovery from a fall on an icy sidewalk drags on, I’ve learned a few things. At the risk of being too clever by half, let’s call them the Five A’s. Alone. As much as some of us (okay, it’s me) value time spent alone, it is absolutely impossible to get through this life… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Shit Happens

Last Tuesday morning I left my house to head into Edmonton for a day of errands. I never made it. A skiff of snow covered an icy patch on our sidewalk, and in a nanosecond I was lying on the ground stunned. In trying to understand how badly I was hurt, or if I’d be… Read more »

From Where I Sit – In the Meantime

It will come as no surprise that I love words. From a behaviour perspective, that means I’m a dedicated reader. It also explains why I’ve collected words for as long as I can remember. If some piece or paragraph, some book or story, some cartoon or poster has said something brilliant or funny chances are… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Shhhh!

I don’t often get to read The Globe and Mail but a lifestyle piece in the March 1, 2016, issue grabbed me by the lapels. Could this woman’s simple story provide another clue into my own makeup and very being? Naturally, I couldn’t leave it alone and like so many times in life, one thing… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Nuggets of Time

The house is once again silent and I am happy. I couldn’t have said that an hour ago, well, at least not the silent part. Since about noon, Saturday, we’ve been babysitting our two-year-old grandson, Kade. Seven-year-old Grady was participating in a two-day hockey tournament in beautiful downtown St. Paul. With our son, Greg spending… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Simpler Times

In December I committed to the 30-day Minimalism Game. About a year ago Edmonton Journal writer, Fish Griwkowsky, took the challenge and documented it weekly in a feature story. I found his journey fascinating (in the way motor vehicle collisions are fascinating) and marveled at his willingness to expose himself in this way. A year… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Can’t Wait to Start

we’re now four months into 2016. If, like me, you began the year with a pristine new planner, how’s it looking now? Are there entries for every day? Is it serving your life and your purpose? Is it a glorified daily to-do list? Is it a record of your life for posterity? Planners are available… Read more »