Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Quote of the Day


"... one heart in the right place can make a world of difference."

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cooking and Community

This reference is to Fresh Choice Kitchens in the Vancouver area, but I encourage readers to do some research to see if similar programs are available in their city. I think this program is a great way of combining nutritional education with social activity. There are many different programs with different criteria for participation, but you are likely to find at least one that fits your needs.

From the Fresh Choice Kitchens website:

"Fresh Choice Kitchens (formerly the Vancouver Community Kitchen Project) works to create opportunities for people to cook together, thereby building community strength through food. What began as a Vancouver area effort in the mid-’90s has evolved into a community kitchen resource for all B.C. It creates and collects educational tools and shares them through workshops, in print and online. It supports individuals and community groups who want to run a kitchen. It fosters independence by offering groups the knowledge and resources that community kitchens (CKs) need to manage themselves and to overcome obstacles."

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Quote of the Day


Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt.

- Kurt Vonnegut

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Quote of the Day


The key was to not lose heart. In all things probably. Even for gorgons. And so I was determined not to.

- Lorrie Moore (from A Gate at the Stairs)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Quote of the Day


Life is better, sounder, when we don't brood unnecessarily on horrors.

- Elizabeth Kostova (from The Historian)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Quote of the Day


"...for experience had shown me that music soothes unsettled minds and alleviates troubles arising from the spirit."

- Miguel de Cervantes (from Don Quixote)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Secretary


The general plot of this movie is about a young woman who has had a lifetime habit of self-harming and who meets a man whom she develops a dominant-submissive relationship with. From that sentence, it would be easy to pass off this movie as erotic fluff or too alternative for the general population to relate to, but that would be doing this film injustice.

First, I would like to make it clear that I am not promoting a lifestyle of self-harm (in the movie the woman does stop this behaviour). When it comes to living alternative lifestyles, it may be difficult to distinguish what is harm and what is a healthy expression of one’s individual way of living life. This is something for each person to examine in themselves.

That being said, this is an exceptional movie and, keeping an open mind, full of tenderness, care, and beauty. Though the actual footage is not graphic or sexually explicit, it is powerfully emotional, intimate, and erotic. What I like most about this film is that it demonstrates that it is possible for people to live outside the norm and still function as happy, healthy, and whole human beings.

Even if your lifestyle choices are not as dramatic as in the film, if you are living with a mental illness, or even just living your life differently that what might be considered ‘normal,’ this film provides a hopefulness and a sense of self-entitlement to the way you choose to live. Maybe that means working part-time even though your peers have full-time careers. Maybe you make the choice to not have children when your friends are settling down into traditional family roles. Maybe you enjoy a healthy dominant-submissive relationship. Just know that however you choose to live, as long as you are making healthy choices (I can’t say it enough), you are living the way that is right for you and you do not need to compare yourself to what might be right for others.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Getting the Most out of Therapy – Questions for Reflection


One hour isn’t a lot of time, which means most of the therapeutic work you do will be outside of your therapist’s office. That’s not to say therapy should be ignored; many important topics arise and of course, the greatest benefit comes from having someone who cares listen to what you have to say.

Below are some questions you can review after your session to help identify issues that may need further discussion or simply just to give you the time to reflect on what is most relevant to you and help you understand yourself better.

Set aside some time during the week to review these questions. You may want to answer them by journaling in a free-writing style or by working through each question individually. Alternatively, you can copy and paste the questions, leaving lots of space between, and print off copies that you can fill in. However you decide to approach it, I highly recommend actually writing your thoughts down. That way, when complicated issues arise, you can easily review what you worked on the previous week so that you keep moving forward in your work. It will also help as a reminder for things you want to discuss in upcoming sessions. Lastly, by bringing in to session something tangible with your thoughts at least laid out, if not completely worked out, you may find the extra courage to talk about subjects you have had difficult bringing up before.

For all the questions, also consider ‘why’ for each one.

Questions to review after a session:


- What came up that surprised me?
- What did I learn?
- Did I talk about the things I intended to?
* What were the things I most wanted to discuss?
* What blocks prevented me from doing so?
- Did I intentionally not discuss anything? Why not?
* If there’s something you don’t feel comfortable talking to your
therapist about, you can explore, with them, why that might be.
- What were some of the most intense thoughts/feelings that arose during
session?
- What were some of the most helpful or pleasant events?
* This doesn’t have to be anything major. Maybe you just enjoyed
how comfortable the chair felt.
- If I could change, explain, or reword something I said what would it be and
how would I change it?
- Was there anything my therapist said that I would like to be explained
further?
- Is there anything I can do to make my sessions work better for me?
* Maybe bringing in an object of comfort or making a point of saying
something you have difficulty talking about.
- How can I help someone else this coming week?
- What’s the one thing I most want to work on this week?
* This isn’t to say you shouldn’t work on other things, but is there
to help you focus your attention and energy on difficult work you
might otherwise choose to avoid.
- What can I do right now to make the week less stressful?


Questions to review before a session:

Most of these questions came from this site.


- What one thing do I most want to discuss?
- What did I learn last week?
- What was my greatest accomplishment over the past week?
- Which moment from last week was the most memorable and why?
- What have I struggled with in the past that might also affect the upcoming
week?
- Was there anything I felt was not a beneficial use of my time?
- Are there any issues that I am ready to let go of?
- What have I been avoiding?
- What opportunities are available?
- Have any of my recent actions moved me closer to my goals?
- What’s the next step for each goal?
- What am I looking forward to during the upcoming week?
- What are my fears?
- What am I most grateful for?
* Try keeping a daily gratitude journal and review it once a week for
events that were especially notable.


Questions to review a few times each year:

Another good site with thoughtful questions.

- In what ways have I changed?
* These might be major life changes or smaller things such as changing
your morning routine.
- Which of these changes have been the most beneficial?
- Which of these changes have been the least beneficial?
- Am I satisfied with the work I’ve been doing on myself?
- Have there been any internal or external blocks to my progress?
- What are my goals?
* Have they changed? Have some goals been accomplished?
- Do I have the best of intentions?
- How am I spending my time?
* Which of these activities are most/least beneficial? Are there any
you can do without?
- What has been troubling me the most?
- What has been my most memorable moment?
- What am I most proud of?
- Do I support those that support me?
- Have I been challenging myself?
- Have any of my interests changed?
* It’s important to remember that change it’s a natural process and a
change in interests may simply reflect this. However, sometimes are
interests change because we are avoiding certain things. Explore why
these changes have occurred keeping in mind it’s ok to move on from one
interest to another if that’s benefiting you.
- What motivates me?
- What have I most enjoyed doing?
- What have I done well?
- What are sources/drains on my energy?
- When do I feel most like myself?
- What am I good at?
- Are there any new things I would like to try?
- Where am I meeting resistance right now?
- If I was brave, what would I do?
- What are my dreams?
- What is the easiest thing I can do next?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Prescription Dispensing Fees

If you are on disability or Plan G, most of your medications will be covererd. For those that aren't though, here is a list of dispensing fees at numerous pharmacies across Canada (excluding Ontario). I had heard that Costco was the cheapest place to fill prescriptions, however there only seems to be a significant savings if you shop outside of Vancouver proper.

Here are the listings for Vancouver, Burnaby, and Richmond:
Vancouver
PHARMATRUST PHARMACY 3496 MAIN STREET VANCOUVER BC V5V3N2 - $7.00
GARLANE PHARMACY #2 #104 - 3380 MAQUINNA DRIVE VANCOUVER BC V5S4C6 - $7.50
COSTCO PHARMACY #552 605 EXPO BLVD. VANCOUVER BC V6B1V4 - $8.43
ROBIN'S PHARMACY 908 COMMERCIAL DRIVE VANCOUVER BC V5L3W7 - $8.60
LONDON DRUGS #19 1187 ROBSON STREET VANCOUVER BC V6E1B5 - $8.60
ZELLERS PHARMACY #430 650 WEST - 41 AVENUE VANCOUVER BC V5Z2M9 - $8.73
MARKS PHARMACY # 4 3750 OAK STREET VANCOUVER BC V6H2M3 - $8.77
LONDON DRUGS #28 3328 KINGSWAY VANCOUVER BC V5R5L1 - $8.84
HEALTH CENTRE 109 - 805 W. BROADWAY VANCOUVER BC V5Z1K1 - $8.85
LONDON DRUGS #2 710 GRANVILLE STREET VANCOUVER BC V6Z1E5 - $8.92
LONDON DRUGS #53 5639 VICTORIA DRIVE VANCOUVER BC V5P3W2 - $8.96
LONDON DRUGS #50 1650 DAVIE STREET VANCOUVER BC V6G1V9 - $8.98
CONSUMERS DRUG MART #2 4127 FRASER STREET VANCOUVER BC V5V4E9 - $8.98
PHARMASAVE HEALTH CENTRE #070 2685 WEST BROADWAY VANCOUVER BC V6K2G2 - $9.00
LONDON DRUGS #7 2585 E. HASTINGS STREET VANCOUVER BC V5K1Z5 - $9.00
MEDICAL CENTRE PHARMACY 1175 DENMAN ST. VANCOUVER BC V6G2N1 - $9.00
NAZ'S PRESCRIPTION PLUS PHARM 6410 MAIN STREET VANCOUVER BC V5W2V4 - $9.03
SAIGON PHARMACY VANCOUVER 1080 KINGSWAY VANCOUVER BC V5V3C6 - $9.06
VITA VIE PHARMACY 2215 WEST BROADWAY VANCOUVER BC V6K2E4 - $9.07
SERVICE DRUGS 2250 COMMERCIAL DR. #201 VANCOUVER BC V5N5P9 - $9.10
DRUGSTORE PHARMACY #1517 350 SE MARINE DRIVE VANCOUVER BC V5X2S5 - $9.10
DRUGSTORE PHARMACY #1520 3185 GRANDVIEW HWY. VANCOUVER BC V5M2E9 - $9.10
LONDON DRUGS #78 150-351 ABBOTT STREET VANCOUVER BC V6B0G6 - $9.10
SAVE-ON FOODS PHARMACY #937 2308 CAMBIE STREET VANCOUVER BC V5Z2T8 - $9.20
LONDON DRUGS #4 525 WEST BROADWAY VANCOUVER BC V5Z1E6 - $9.22
SAVE ON FOODS PHARMACY #993 5945 BERTON AVENUE VANCOUVER BC V6S0B3 - $9.27
LONDON DRUGS #74 2230 WEST BROADWAY VANCOUVER BC V6K2E3 - $9.27
LONDON DRUGS #10 2091 WEST 42ND AVENUE VANCOUVER BC V6M2B4 - $9.37
PHARMASAVE #080 5791 OAK STREET VANCOUVER BC V6M2V7 - $9.40
THE MEDICINE SHOPPE #116 3195 GRANVILLE ST #6 VANCOUVER BC V6H3K2 - $9.50
PHARMASAVE 060 16-2949 MAIN ST. VANCOUVER BC V5T3G4 - $9.50
CANADA SAFEWAY #0033 555 WEST 12TH AVE VANCOUVER BC V5Z3X7 - $9.60
ALBERTO PHARMACY #2 2620 COMMERCIAL DRIVE UNIT # 101 VANCOUVER BC V5N4C4 - $9.60
PEOPLE'S DRUG MART #168 P.D.M. STORES LIMITED 7160 KERR ST VANCOUVER BC V5S4W2 - $9.82
CANADA SAFEWAY #189 1780 EAST BROADWAY VANCOUVER BC V5N1W3 - $9.82
CANADA SAFEWAY #114 990 WEST 25TH AVENUE VANCOUVER BC V5Z2E2 - $9.85
SAFEWAY PHARMACY #36 1766 ROBSON STREET VANCOUVER BC V6G1E2 - $9.95
BOOMER DRUGS 8574 GRANVILLE ST VANCOUVER BC V6P4Z7 - $9.97
URBAN FARE # 7614 177 DAVIE STREET VANCOUVER BC V6Z2Y1 - $9.99
CANADA SAFEWAY #123 4575 WEST 10TH AVENUE VANCOUVER BC V6R2J2 - $10.02
CANADA SAFEWAY #127 109 - 4255 ARBUTUS STREET VANCOUVER BC V6J4R1 - $10.02
CANADA SAFEWAY #122 8555 GRANVILLE STREET VANCOUVER BC V6P4Z9 - $10.12
CANADA SAFEWAY #2 2733 WEST BROADWAY VANCOUVER BC V6K2G5 - $10.14
KRIPPS PHARMACY LTD 5413 WEST BLVD. VANCOUVER BC V6M2W5 - $10.49
PHARMASAVE HEALTH CENTRE # 029 1251 PACIFIC BOULEVARD VANCOUVER BC V6Z2R6 - $10.50
CANADA SAFEWAY #110 185- 650 WEST 41ST AVE VANCOUVER BC V5Z2M9 - $10.56
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #222 6305 FRASER STREET VANCOUVER BC V5W3A3 - $10.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #3005 MK PHARMACY LTD. 1750 EAST 10TH AVENUE VANCOUVER BC V5N5K4 - $10.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #2294 MMDSA PHARMACY LTD 2748 EAST HASTINGS ST VANCOUVER BC V5K1Z9 - $10.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #204 370 EAST BROADWAY VANCOUVER BC V5T4G5 - $10.60
CANADA SAFEWAY #90 1641 DAVIE STREET VANCOUVER BC V6G1W1 - $10.60
PHARMASAVE # 252 499 GRANVILLE ST VANCOUVER BC V6C1T1 - $11.32
PHARMASAVE #256 1055 DUNSMUIR ST, #400 PO BOX 49326 VANCOUVER BC V7X1L4 - $11.49
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #263 885 WEST BROADWAY VANCOUVER BC V5Z1J9 - $11.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #272 1125 DAVIE STREET VANCOUVER BC V6E1N2 - $11.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #234 DAVRIN DRUGS LTD. 2302 WEST 4TH AVENUE VANCOUVER BC V6K1P1 - $11.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #2246 1006 HOMER STREET VANCOUVER BC V6B2W9 - $11.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #2292 0722767 BC LTD. 1295 SEYMOUR STREET VANCOUVER BC V6B3N6 - $11.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #2221 WILSON TSUI PHARMACY LTD 1780 WEST BROADWAY VANCOUVER BC V6J1Y1 - $11.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #2234 MOON KEY HOLDINGS LTD. 3277 CAMBIE STREET VANCOUVER BC V5Z2W3 - $11.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #2102 170-777 HORNBY ST VANCOUVER BC V6Z1S4 - $11.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #2277 JD PHARMACY LTD 586 GRANVILLE STREET VANCOUVER BC V6C1X5 - $11.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #238 2979 WEST BROADWAY VANCOUVER BC V6K2G9 - $11.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #288 4326 DUNBAR STREET VANCOUVER BC V6S2G3 - $11.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #232 WESTWOOD PHARMACY LIMITED 2225 WEST 41ST AVE. VANCOUVER BC V6M2A3 - $11.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #2279 2730 OAK STREET VANCOUVER BC V6H0A5 - $11.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #2275 REMAR ENTERPRISES LTD. 1202 WEST PENDER STREET VANCOUVER BC V6E2S8 - $11.60
CANADA SAFEWAY #84 3410 KINGSWAY VANCOUVER BC V5R5L4 - $11.97
CANADA SAFEWAY #115 2315 WEST 4TH AVENUE VANCOUVER BC V6K1P2 - $12.01

Richmond
CONTINENTAL PHARMACY 1196-3779 SEXSMITH ROAD RICHMOND BC V6X3Z9 - $5.99
COSTCO PHARMACY #54 9151 BRIDGEPORT ROAD RICHMOND BC V6X3L9 - $8.69
SAVE-ON-FOODS #971 3673 WESTMINSTER HWY RICHMOND BC V7C5V2 - $8.74
LONDON DRUGS #52 3200-11666 STEVESTON HWY IRONWOOD PLAZA RICHMOND BC V7A5J3 - $8.77
DRUGSTORE PHARMACY #1557 THE REAL CANADIAN SUPERSTORE 4651 NO. 3 ROAD RICHMOND BC V6X2C4 - $8.85
ZELLERS PHARMACY #105 8311 LANSDOWNE ROAD RICHMOND BC V6X3A4 - $9.05
LONDON DRUGS #11 5971 No. 3 ROAD RICHMOND BC V6X2E3 - $9.10
SAVE-ON-FOODS #969 11666 STEVESTON HWY #3000 RICHMOND BC V7A5J3 - $9.20
SAVE-ON-FOODS #974 8200 ACKROYD ROAD RICHMOND BC V6X1B5 - $9.28
PHARMASAVE HEALTH CENTRE # 038 116-10151 NO. 3 ROAD RICHMOND BC V7A4R6 - $9.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #227 #11 - 8671 - NO. 1 ROAD RICHMOND BC V7C1V2 - $9.85
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #237 RJ HEALTHLINK LTD 2286-6060 MINORU BLVD. RICHMOND BC V6Y2V7 - $9.85
CANADA SAFEWAY #191 8671 - #1 ROAD RICHMOND BC V7C1V2 - $10.11
CANADA SAFEWAY #138 6140 BLUNDELL ROAD RICHMOND BC V7C1H8 - $10.37
CANADA SAFEWAY #161 10151-NO: 3 ROAD RICHMOND BC V7A4R6 - $11.07
PHARMASAVE #022 3880 GRANT MCCONACHIE WAY UNIT 1103-08 RICHMOND BC V7B1Y7 - $15.38

Burnaby
COSTCO PHARMACY #51 3550 BRIGHTON AVENUE BURNABY BC V5A4W3 - $5.80
COSTCO PHARMACY #548 4500 STILL CREEK DRIVE BURNABY BC V5C0E5 - $5.92
REXALL BURNABY LTC 3430 BRIGHTON AVENUE UNIT #208A BURNABY BC V5A3H4 - $8.60
ZELLERS PHARMACY #440 4545 CENTRAL BLVD METRO TOWN CENTRE BURNABY BC V5H4J1 - $8.77
LONDON DRUGS #56 4567 LOUGHEED HWY #400 BURNABY BC V5C3Z6 - $8.90
PRICESMART FOODS PHARMACY 2228 7501 MARKET CROSSING BURNABY BC V5J0A3 - $8.96
DRUGSTORE PHARMACY #1518 4700 KINGSWAY 1105 EATON CENTRE METROTOWN BURNABY BC V5H4M1 - $9.00
ZELLERS PHARMACY #264 4567 LOUGHEED HWY UNIT 300 BURNABY BC V5C6G8 - $9.00
LONDON DRUGS #25 LOUGHEED MALL 9855 AUSTIN AVENUE BURNABY BC V3J1N4 - $9.01
LONDON DRUGS #6 4970 KINGSWAY BURNABY BC V5H2E2 - $9.05
NORTHBURN PRESCRIPTIONS LTD 326 GILMORE AVE BURNABY BC V5C4R1 - $9.10
WAL-MART PHARMACY #3008 300-9855 AUSTIN AVENUE BURNABY BC V3J1N5 - $9.10
LONDON DRUGS #71 7280 MARKET CROSS BURNABY BC V5J0A2 - $9.10
SAVE-ON-FOODS #996 MADISON CENTRE 4399 LOUGHEED HWY BURNABY BC V5C3Y7 - $9.16
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #2255 INNER BALANCE PHARMACY #104-3433 NORTH ROAD BURNABY BC V3J0A9 - $9.24
SAVE-ON-FOODS #907 PHARMACY 200 - 7155 KINGSWAY BURNABY BC V5E2V1 - $9.27
SAVE-ON-FOODS #912 6100 MCKAY AVENUE BURNABY BC V5H2W7 - $9.31
VILLAGE PHARMACY 9537 ERICKSON DRIVE BURNABY BC V3J1M9 - $9.36
PHARMASAVE #278 4367 HASTINGS STREET BURNABY BC V5C2J7 - $9.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #218 JH PHARMACY LTD. 4050 EAST HASTINGS ST BURNABY BC V5C2H9 - $9.85
CANADA SAFEWAY #0042 4440 EAST HASTINGS STREET BURNABY BC V5C2K2 - $10.38
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #253 N.D. PHARMACY LTD. 7155 KINGSWAY, UNIT 250 BURNABY BC V5E2V1 - $10.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #246 BD PHARMACY LTD 4429 KINGSWAY BURNABY BC V5H2A1 - $10.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #214 6508 EAST HASTINGS ST. BURNABY BC V5B1S2 - $10.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #2250 MK LAM PHARMACY INC. #343-4800 KINGSWAY BURNABY BC V5H4J2 - $10.60
SHOPPERS DRUG MART #2283 4827 KINGSWAY BURNABY BC V5H4T6 - $10.60
CANADA SAFEWAY #44 6564 EAST HASTING STREET BURNABY BC V5B1S2 - $11.03
PHARMASAVE #203 ALLCARE PHARMACY 8697 10TH AVENUE BURNABY BC V3N2S9 - $11.13
CANADA SAFEWAY #148 5235 KINGSWAY BURNABY BC V5H4C1 - $11.14
CANADA SAFEWAY #121 9855 AUSTIN ROAD SUITE #400 BURNABY BC V3J1N4 - $13.13

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Quote of the Day


“You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give.”

- Edward O. Wilson

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Quote of the Day


"Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me. By so doing, I can love me and be friendly with all my parts. I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know — but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me.

However I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically me. If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that which I discarded. I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do. I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me.

I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me. I am me, and I am Okay.”

- Virginia Satir

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Quote of the Day


The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

- Bertrand Russell