Laurie

Hi, I'm glad you're here! My name is Laurie Kienlen; I'm a travel nut who has lived everywhere from Africa to Alberta. My husband Bruce and I are hunkered down in North Vancouver with our dogs Georgie and Tiffy, and our cat Nunki. We can't have kids, and have embraced the freedom! I have an MSW (Master of Social Work) from UBC, and degrees in Education and Psychology from the U of A. I hope to hear from you below...

Dec 122012
 
How to Survive Your First Christmas After Divorce

The first family Christmas after getting divorced is difficult, especially if your ex-spouse wants the kids on Christmas Day. These suggestions for surviving a divorced family Christmas aren’t easy tips or secrets that will erase the pain for you or your kids, but they may help you get through the holidays. The most important thing

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Dec 072012
 
10 Most Expensive Gifts on Amazon - and 10 Affordable Alternatives

A diamond necklace is one of the most expensive products that Amazon sells.[/caption] Money can’t buy love, but it can buy quality. This list of the most luxurious, expensive gifts on Amazon will help you figure out what to give a loved one, because they include the alternatives you can afford to buy. You don’t

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Dec 072012
 
Gifts for People With Cancer - Don't Make Them Feel Like "Patients"

What do you give someone with cancer? These gift ideas and tips won’t make people feel like “cancer patients”, yet they encourage healing and balance. “I suspect that the most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen,” writes Rachel Naomi Remen in Kitchen Table Wisdom. “Just listen.  Perhaps the most

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Dec 062012
 
Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Him and Her

Digging through a Christmas stocking stuffed with wee holiday surprises is the best part of Christmas morning! Here are a few dozen ideas for Christmas stocking stuffers for him and her, or her and her, or him and him. The Christmas stocking is almost as important as the “real” Christmas gifts under the tree. The

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Dec 052012
 
10 Ways to Simplify Christmas Parties and Gift Giving

An hour ago on his radio show, Steven Quinn talked about how stressful Christmas has become. With these best tips for simplifying Christmas dinners, parties, and gift giving, your holidays won’t be something to dread. These ideas will help you simplify the holiday season and make Christmas easy. One of my favorite Christmas gift tips

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Dec 012012
 
My Boyfriend Slept With His Ex-Girlfriend - What Do I Do?

Here are three questions to ask yourself before deciding what to do after you find out your boyfriend had sex with his ex-girlfriend. Yesterday I got an anonymous email from a reader. Here’s an excerpt: “My boyfriend cheated, plain and simple. I don’t know how to deal with it. Before we got together, he had

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Nov 302012
 
Does Journal Writing Help You Heal From Divorce? Not Necessarily

Sometimes journaling your feelings after a divorce or separation doesn’t help you heal. New research tells us when writing does more harm than good after a breakup. “I think many, many therapists have a tendency to believe that journaling unequivocally is a good thing to do [after divorce or separation], especially when people are trying

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Nov 292012
 
How I Survived an Attempted Rape in My Bedroom in the Middle of the Night

A guy broke into my apartment in the middle of the night and tried to rape me. Even now – years later – those words choke me up. How did I survive without getting raped? I’ve been writing and blogging for almost a decade, but I’ve never written about how I survived the attempted rape.

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Nov 282012
 
How to Overcome Your Fear of What People Think

Do you sometimes feel paralyzed because of what people will think about your appearance, performance, opinions, and choices? These tips for overcoming fear of what people think are from life coach Arianna Merritt, M.Ed. “For years, I kept my mouth shut as I was too shy to speak up,” she says. “While I wasn’t afraid of

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