Liberty Forrest
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Well, I survived childhood. And so far, I've survived adulthood, although I hear it's terminal so I'll keep doing the ostrich thing and pretend I don't know that, until someone finds a cure.

Life's pretty short, even when it seems really long because of the twistier, bumpier bits of it. So far, mine's been pretty spectacular in terms of its form and content, and by spectacular, I mean it's been an assortment of insanity, chaos, joy, terror, and whole lot of other stuff thrown in. Sort of like a loaded pizza. Or a .357 Magnum, depending on your perspective.

At times, I've figured I'd be better off throwing myself on a sword or pitching myself off a cliff (and no doubt there were times when other people would have gladly assisted me in either of those endeavours). But then at other times, I've been so unbelievably happy and joyful, I thought I might explode (which the aforementioned "other people" might have enjoyed witnessing).

Sure, I've had my share of heartbreak and misery, rejection and fear, but who hasn't? I've also had my fair share of blessings and joy, love and gratitude. Although I could do with more profiteroles. I loooove profiteroles.

Entries by Liberty Forrest

The Seven Reasons to Attend A Death Café

(0) Comments | Posted 17 November 2014 | (22:21)

Recently, a friend invited me to a Death Café. Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently, this is not a place, but rather a specific type of gathering that anyone can host, using that title as long as the international rules for a Death Café are followed. Yes, folks, it is...

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How to Tell When Your Friendship Has Ended

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2014 | (19:26)

Do you ever consider what "friendship" means to you? Think about it for a moment. I'll wait...

What came up when you thought about that word?

If you're like most people, you'll have been thinking about going out and doing things with friends, or having people who will listen when...

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Mother Nature: Gentle Therapist and Housekeeper

(0) Comments | Posted 10 November 2014 | (17:41)

It's snowing. You wouldn't think there are lots of kinds of snow but there are. For example, there are the big fat fluffy flakes that drift and float, silently smiling as they gently cover the world in a soft sparkling blanket. They are friendly. Happy. Cheerful little kids seeking playmates....

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What Drives Writers to Write? This Is What Drives Me...

(0) Comments | Posted 22 October 2014 | (21:07)

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I want to write about writing. About the freedom that comes from opening up one's heart and allowing the secrets buried there to be exposed, to bring them out into the light so they can say "Look at me! I am not so...

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Daydream Your Way to a New Reality

(0) Comments | Posted 5 September 2014 | (22:20)

Do you ever get lost in daydreams? Do you ever close your eyes and get so swept away by some delicious fantasy or other that it's as though you're really living it? Then something snaps you back to the here and now, and if you're a really good daydreamer, and...

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How Often Do You Use the 'C' Word?

(0) Comments | Posted 9 August 2014 | (23:18)

I grew up hearing it on a regular basis. It was usually my mother who was hurling it in my direction. When she stopped saying it to me, I said it to myself.

She didn't stop there. When I became a mother, she said it to my children. I fought...

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Peter Clarke: The Heart and Soul of a True Philanthropist

(0) Comments | Posted 9 August 2014 | (22:20)

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(This author with Peter Clarke)

It takes someone extraordinary to be a true philanthropist, someone who is deeply troubled by the suffering in the world and who dedicates a significant part of his life to easing it, someone with a vision...

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Dairy Products: Essential to Good Health? Or The Cause of Disease?

(0) Comments | Posted 23 June 2014 | (21:01)

How on earth can cow's milk be considered an essential part of our diet when its purpose is to feed calves until they are old enough to be weaned? How does it make any sense at all that people are supposed to have it? Just because we have been doing...

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What You See Is Not Always What You Get

(0) Comments | Posted 15 June 2014 | (22:42)

A long time ago, I heard a supposedly true story. I don't remember the exact details, like where it was or if it was on a bus or a train but I have never forgotten the point.

Let's say this man was on a train. He was with a couple...

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Are You a Square Peg in a Round Hole, Too?

(0) Comments | Posted 15 June 2014 | (17:45)

For decades I didn't feel like I belonged anywhere. As far back as I can remember, it was difficult to "fit in". My mother was always saying "Why can't you be more like this person or that person?" I wondered that, too. I tried as hard as I could but...

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Everybody Wants the Perfect Partner, But Have You Considered This?

(0) Comments | Posted 28 May 2014 | (16:05)

Recently, a friend shared the link to a video. It was the story of "Larissa and Ian", a young couple who had been dating for ten months when Ian had a terrible accident. He sustained a massive head injury that left him unable to speak, walk or look after himself...

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Do You Really Wish You Could Get Together More Often? Or Is It Just Lip Service?

(0) Comments | Posted 18 May 2014 | (21:28)

I was chatting with a friend recently and mentioned that since I moved back to Calgary, I've started a monthly "Family Night." He said that sounded like a great idea and mentioned that his family only gets together at funerals now, and that they keep saying they should meet up...

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Depression Hurts, But There Is Help - And It's Closer Than You Might Think

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2014 | (21:06)

With people gulping anti-depressants like Tic-Tacs, I am frequently asked if there's anything else that can alleviate depression without the toxicity and unpleasant side effects of drugs. My answer is a resounding "Yes!"

If you are suffering from depression, one of the most significant and powerful tools you can use...

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Love Does Not Conquer All

(0) Comments | Posted 15 May 2014 | (22:57)

No doubt you'll have seen a zillion television shows and chick flicks where "they live happily ever after." Ditto with having been fed a diet of Cinderella Snow White knight in shining armour rubbish in your formative years.

Yes, that's right, it's rubbish.

And so is the notion that Love...

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Do You Really Want to Save That Relationship?

(4) Comments | Posted 15 May 2014 | (01:00)

So. Your relationship is in trouble. Maybe you know what's wrong. Maybe you don't. But in either case, there's an elephant in the room and no one wants to talk about it. Or you think you're talking about it but you're really not.

Like maybe you're arguing about sex but...

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There's Another Kind of Death and Resurrection That Has Nothing to Do With Religion

(0) Comments | Posted 20 April 2014 | (20:47)

Seems a good day to write about this. It's Easter Sunday, the day when Christians round the world are celebrating the fact that Jesus was resurrected three days after being crucified and stuck in a cave as his tomb.

One of the messages that all of us can take away...

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Following Your Heart Is the Only Right Path

(0) Comments | Posted 25 February 2014 | (15:48)

Is there something you want to do? Something that burns inside you, or maybe just quietly pops up now and then, softly clearing its throat before whispering to your soul? What is it? A job change? A complete career change? Perhaps leaving a relationship that no longer works, even though...

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On Commitment

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2014 | (04:20)

According to the Oxford dictionary, "commit" is a verb meaning (1) perpetrate or carry out, or (2) to pledge or bind (a person or organization) to a certain course or policy.
 
There are numerous ways in which we can use this word. We commit thoughts to paper,...

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Saying "No" to Your Children Is One of the Best Gifts You Can Give Them

(0) Comments | Posted 13 December 2013 | (00:14)

It's difficult to see our loved ones having problems. It's natural to want to protect the people we love. It's especially painful to be a parent and watch your children suffer, whether from their own choices or yours. We want life to be as smooth and easy as possible for...

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How to Get Back Up When Life Knocks You Flat, Again

(0) Comments | Posted 8 November 2013 | (11:12)

Are you having a rough time? Do you wonder if the universe is picking on you? Do you just barely start to sort yourself out from one problem and then you're slammed with another?

Man, I know that story all too well, so if you're there, you have my deepest...

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