Deep Dive into Cannabis | Part 1 | Cannabis & Mental Health

On October 17, 2018 (the day recreational weed became legal across Canada) I posted a blog on cannabis and mental health. I want to do a few follow-up posts offering more about research in this area and my personal experiences. Since recreational cannabis edibles became legal on October 17, 2019, the update seems (relatively) timely. … Continue reading Deep Dive into Cannabis | Part 1 | Cannabis & Mental Health

Mom would have been 43 on August 8 that year

If you know me, or if you have lost someone dear, this blog contains triggers. Please read only if you feel able. And perhaps with a cup of black coffee. Mom would like that. I was 17 the night my mother died. I didn't find out until the next morning because I was out all … Continue reading Mom would have been 43 on August 8 that year

Guest Blog: My Sister’s Depression Story

My younger sister shared her story in a comment to my blog post Women Are Twice as Likely as Men to Experience Anxiety and Depression. I’m One of Them. and I asked to post it as a guest blog. I hope it will be the first of many from my talented sibling. Tara, you are an … Continue reading Guest Blog: My Sister’s Depression Story

Women Are Twice as Likely as Men to Experience Anxiety and Depression. I’m One of Them.

As I approach my 50th birthday, some things that seemed to matter a lot when I was younger, matter less. Others more. What people think of me is beginning to matter less. Being genuine and living with integrity more. I want to be more open, which as a classic introvert, is challenging for me. I … Continue reading Women Are Twice as Likely as Men to Experience Anxiety and Depression. I’m One of Them.

Playing in the Dirt and Eating It?

As summer winds down quickly here in Alberta, there are a number of garden tasks demanding my attention. There are perennials to divide, root vegetables to harvest and plants to relocate. These are all messy jobs that involve getting my hands dirty. I used to be quite a germaphobe: antibacterial soap, alcohol hand sanitizer, and bleach … Continue reading Playing in the Dirt and Eating It?