Apocalypse! It seems that every day we are assailed with news from every corner of the globe that threatens to overwhelm many aspects of our lives and possibly destroy the world we know. Inflammatory words such as deadly, fatal, hopeless, disastrous, catastrophic, and so on enter into many media articles, and they affect us – either with a sense of hopelessness and fear, or anger and frustration.Continue Reading
Every day the media gives more accounts of hectares of forest burned, property lost and families sifting through the rubble of their homes to try to find items with precious memories. What is not yet being talked much about are the health impacts on those affected by this kind of disaster and loss.
The BC government has a helpful information site that lists the social or financial assistance affected individuals can obtain, but the site gives little attention to the mental and physical health needs of those who experience ongoing trauma from such loss, despite significant increases in research around this issue and growing efforts in the medical field to address it.Continue Reading
Gender issues are currently enjoying a resurgence in conversation around the globe, and rightly so. Are men and women really hardwired from birth to think, act and communicate differently? For generations we have been led to believe gender determines how we think and act. As women fight for gender parity in wages and the workplace, and feminism worldwide works to root out a culture of violence against women, what of men? Sometimes in the urge to press forwards with women’s issues – important though that they are – men’s needs are ignored.
Realizing that this was a problem, author and marriage counsellor John Gray saw a way to open the discussion to include men. In his 1992 best-selling book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, Gray promoted a new twist to the old theory that men and women are by nature different, and therefore act and communicate differently. And millions nodded their heads sagely and said, “I always knew that.” And, almost everything in our society today – health products, movies, educational pedagogy, and gymnasiums – is designed to reinforce the two-planet theory.Continue Reading
Spring is well on its way here in British Columbia. The lawn mowers are already making themselves heard in our neighbourhood, whilst the blossom trees and daffodils are bursting forth with energy and life. Many of us are planning, or taking, our first hike or camping trip. Nature is waking up!
However, it is not just nature that is awakening. Over the last few decades, we have been waking up to a radically different way of seeing the world. For the last few hundred years, we’ve viewed our natural resources only as something of value because we could “use” them to sustain or enhance our lives. Wildlife was food or sport for hunters and fishermen, vacant lands had value only for developers, and rivers and oceans were useful for food and to transport goods.Continue Reading