Posts Tagged: personal reflections

Porkpie Hat—A Crack in Everything

Somebody straight up asked me the other day how I would define myself in terms of my spiritual or political outlook on life.  Was I a Christian, a socialist, an atheist, a Buddhist, a conservative, a liberal, some combination of any of the above, or what? I was bit taken aback by the question.  I… Read more »

Lessons from my Dog

My dogs are Husky Shepherd crosses.  I have had them since they were old enough to leave their mom, and now they are over 9 years old.  Over the years I have learned a lot from them.  One being no matter how fenced in it seems you are, there is always, always, a way out… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—Into the Woods

One of humanity’s most primal and enduring symbols is that of the forest.  Reaching back into some of our earliest folktales, it has represented our often-uneasy relationship with the world; a largely uncharted domain of shifting shadows and potential dangers.  Always, we are pulled from the safety of the known—the warm circle of family, the… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Ex Factor

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been dating for about a year.  Prior to dating Jay I was involved in a serious relationship for five years and we had planned to eventually marry.  My ex was everything I wanted; I loved him tremendously.  But he cheated on me and I was devastated.  Even though… Read more »

Look at the View from Where you Stand

Another group of students walked across the stage at Athabasca and received their degrees over the weekend.  This year I tuned in to watch one of The Voice Magazine’s own, Barb, accept her degree.  I was surprised at just how much excitement I felt, it brought back so many memories and feelings from when I… Read more »

Conscious Spending

Buying new furniture can be an exciting or frustrating experience.  For us, lately, it has been frustrating.  It started with the purchase of a new appliance, a stove.  We spent time making sure we were picking the one we wanted as we had waited years to upgrade and we didn’t want to have to do… Read more »

A Valued Life

Living life in harmony with a value system creates a strong foundation for a meaningful life.  Fostering your own personal values gives you a guideline you can refer to in all situations.  Think of your values as priorities—a code of ethics to live by.  Values can drive behaviour and provide structure and purpose in conducting… Read more »

The Tie That Binds

Mother’s Day falls on May 13th this year.  It is a day to celebrate all that your mother, or mother figure, has done for you, and, if nothing else, honor her for bringing you into the world.  Mothers come in all shapes and sizes, but we all believe our mothers are special and unique.  All… Read more »