Alive & Awake

Welcome to the alive&awake website!   Here's my take on our theme for November & December, The Final Chapter. Make sure you check all 4 new blogs below...

It was 3 years ago this month that we launched this newsletter and website, and it has been such a privilege to provide a forum for so many generous and knowledgeable experts and laypeople alike to share their wisdom and wit. As you know, mental health is an issue near and dear to me, and alive&awake has been an opportunity for me to learn and grow along with you, and to share the music that inspired the newsletter.

alive&awake was a 3-CD journey of hope and healing, and it has now come to an end. Subscribers received a free music download from my albums each month, as my contribution to your wellness journey. This will be the last issue of the newsletter as a forum focused on mental health as I move on to other projects. I will of course continue in my advocacy work with mental health alongside my creative work with music. I am so grateful to have experienced this great resource with all of you, and I will  stay connected with you about my upcoming projects.

In this issue, we complete the newsletter and the year with the same high quality you’ve come to expect from our bloggers. I want to thank Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in particular for their generous partnership. Every month, one of 10 of their busy psychiatrists dispensed sound advice and leading-edge information to our readers. It seems fitting that the last word would come from Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Dr. Ari Zaretsky. 

As Dr. Zaretsky shares a variety of challenges and solutions in dealing with upcoming holiday stress, Dr. Barry Taylor focuses specifically on natural solutions for those creeping blues that come up as the days get shorter. I’ve also contributed a blog on dealing with both the loss of a loved one and appreciating those still with us, and our editor and regular contributor, Terri Catlin, wraps up with a thoughtful and fitting piece on the value of being true to oneself.

Thank you for being a part of this final chapter, and may you continue on the wellness path.

 

To your health, with love,

04th Dec 2012

Creating New Holiday Memories

The December Holiday season is a really tough time for many people. Besides the days getting shorter and the lineups getting longer, the holidays can evoke waves of sad memories from...

04th Dec 2012

How I Became a Weekday Vegan

I must confess, I love a good steak. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the health benefits of reduced red meat, the concerns about antibiotics and hormones in cows and the...

04th Dec 2012

What if you were the first to smile?

Recently I have been riding on the subway and street cars right around “quitting time” for most people. It is interesting to me the number of people who look completely lost at the end...

04th Dec 2012

Manliness

I was an introverted kid growing up, preferring books over sports, the arts over cars. My interest in how the world worked meant that I studied science, philosophy, religion, and spirituality at a time when most boys were into...

02nd Nov 2012

Step One: Breathe

I am about to change my life with just one word: Breathe. A constantly busy, neurotically insomniac actor/writer, I haven’t slept like a baby in years (seven, if we’re counting). I wake up every 20-30 minutes...

02nd Nov 2012

Autumn Health, Winter Squash

Squash, squash and more squash! It's the first food group that comes to mind when the autumn leaves turn gold, yellow and red. Winter squash comes in all shapes and sizes...

02nd Nov 2012

Open Heart Journaling

One night I was having a bath and talking to God, when I got an idea. It had to do with connecting people's hearts through writing to each other. As a writer and journaler, I am committed to keeping...

02nd Nov 2012

I Asana, 2 Asana, 3 Asana, 4…

As rewarding and wonderful as being a parent can be, it often comes with a constant challenge to keep balanced.  I can't tell you how many times I've put on my workout clothes, determined...