Dr Beverly Anderson: Remembering a Life & a Name

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

November 2, 2018 is one year since my dear friend/colleague Dr Beverly Anderson died. The first anniversary of a death is poignant and sacred. Yes, I have had other significant losses: my parents and other relatives; friends, friends’ children and friends’ parents. But each new loss beckons new learnings about living, dying, and grieving. Of all […]

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Eckhart Tolle’s Words of Wisdom: Application to Family Nursing Practice

Friday, July 31st, 2015

For the past few weeks, I have been enjoying the “Tolle Afterglow”.  For 5 days in June, 2015, I had the privilege of attending a Retreat for Helping Professionals offered by Eckhart Tolle. I was very curious and eager to learn if some of Tolle’s ideas could be utilized in my teaching and clinical practice […]

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The Kindness of Strangers and its Application to Family Nursing Practice: What I learned from walking the Camino Frances!

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Can you keep a secret? I just turned the big 70 in the month of October. Although I had already enjoyed a wonderful pre-70th birthday celebration with family/friends, I had wanted to do something memorable on my actual birthday day. The idea of walking the Camino Frances in Spain seemed like the perfect choice for […]

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A Problem of Loving too Much!!

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Yes, loving too much can actually make you ill!! I learned this valuable lesson while interviewing a Japanese couple about their illness suffering. This lovely couple graciously agreed to a family interview as part of a teaching/learning experience I offered at Kitasato University in January 2012, in Japan. Dr Nami Kobayashi provided excellent translation for […]

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What is the “Right” Language to Use to Enable Family Healing and Learning?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

I was invited to contribute a chapter to Michael Wirsching’s German textbook “Systemic Therapy” to be published in 2012. He asked for my contribution to be about nursing practice and systemic therapy.   This lovely request invited me once again to revisit the importance of language that will enable our nursing colleagues, student learners, and even […]

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Tears Are Not Enough: How Can We Help Heal Japan?

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Sometimes tears are definitely not enough!   Sometimes we need to dry our tears and open our hearts and take action.   Sometimes we need to not look away but every single day, to help at any cost, heaven knows that tears are not enough.   These are some of the adapted words of the powerful lyrics written […]

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Honoring a Monk!

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Greetings from Shanghai, my last stop on this Asian lecture tour!   I have received a huge response to my last blog “The Most Powerful Kind of Healing:  Not Desiring a Cure??!! To more adequately honor the monk who took the initiative to start the Center for cancer patients and families, I would like you […]

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The Most Powerful Kind of Healing: Not Desiring a Cure??!!

Monday, February 21st, 2011

International travel and lecturing affords me many meaningful and serendipity experiences.  One such experience occurred recently in Thailand. Three Thai colleagues/friends and a Canadian friend and I visited Wat (temple) Kumpramong. In addition to the Temple, the area also consists of a Center which functions like a large palliative/hospice care center but with some stark […]

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Heal the World: Message for all?

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Ever since Michael Jackson’s untimely death in June 2009, I often find myself singing one of his signature songs, ‘Heal the World’. I sing of course when I’m alone so as not to pierce the ears of others. The opening lyrics to the song are: “Heal the world, make it a better place. For you […]

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