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The Best Father's Day Gift Ever

My friend was just venting to me the other day about Father’s Day: “Why is it that the Mother’s Day sermon is all encouraging and the Father’s Day one is a kick in the pants for men to step up to the plate; my wife got roses at church, but I got a compass to keep me on track. What’s with that?” This year we’re bucking the trend....

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New Year’s Resolution Action Plan
New Year's Resolution Action Plan

Creating a new year's resolution can be a great idea, especially if you are resolving to get healthier (weight loss and exercise are the top resolutions made). But if you don't have an action plan it may be doomed before it ever gets started. Unfortunately, the majority of individuals who make a new year's resolution end up breaking it. By February,...

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In A Rut? Focus On Your Strengths
In A Rut? Focus On Your Strengths

Many of us have hit ruts in our marriage. We live together. We chauffeur children together. We manage paychecks, and bills, and grocery lists, and karate lessons, and our parents' doctors appointments. But we don't seem to have FUN.  We often feel mildly put out. He'll be at work all day, and when he gets home, he collapses in a chair, turns on...

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How to Cope When You Lose Your Job
How to Cope When You Lose Your Job

“Out of work”  doesn’t mean out of hope. No matter how much you anticipated it or how many of your colleagues find themselves in the same situation, losing your job due to downsizing, restructuring or any other reason can be a shattering experience. In fact, psychologists agree that sudden unemployment is as emotionally stressful as divorce...

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Feeling Grief
Feeling Grief

Grieving is a unique experience. It’s a process that is as individual as the people it affects. Oh yes, there are predictable stages … but the experience of losing someone dear to you is truly a very personal journey. Recently I said goodbye to my dear Dad. It’s hard to believe it was only a couple of months ago. I’ve processed a lot...

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Countering the Relationship Drift
Countering the Relationship Drift

Messages in bottles have been the stuff of folklore for centuries. Dying, desperate sailors have hurled them. Curious children have launched them. Nicholas Sparks wrote a novel based on them, but don’t read it—or watch the movie—unless you already have a prescription for antidepressants. The story I find most interesting about such bottles,...

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Control your Credit Cards
Control your Credit Cards

Today, the number of credit cards in Canada had grown to almost 65 million while the value of annual purchases made with credit cards increased more than ten times. The hard truth: More credit cards mean more credit card debt per person. Many Canadians are swamped by their monthly credit card obligations. Credit card debt is painful because often...

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Managing Excessive Debt: It All Begins With A Plan
Managing Excessive Debt: It All Begins With A Plan

    Serious debt problems arise when the amount you owe is out of balance with your income and household expenses (such as mortgage payments and utilities). The primary aim of managing your debt is to restore the balance either by increasing your income – difficult to achieve in an economic downturn – or setting and following...

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