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,

08th Nov 2015

Holiday Health

By Dr. Ari Zaretsky There are many reasons why the holiday season can be a time of stress for people. Some of the most obvious ones are as follows: Longer...

08th Nov 2015

Natural Boosts for Feeling Blue

By Dr. Barry Taylor Days are shorter in the winter season and the combination of the cold and lack of light takes a toll on many of us — Seasonal...

08th Nov 2015

Grief and What Matters Most

By Amy Sky November 29th will mark the four-year anniversary of my mother Sandy’s passing. She was a wise and wonderful woman, a devoted mother, and also a gifted family...

08th Nov 2015

In My Solitude

By Terri Catlin I used to be someone people would describe as quite extroverted and reasonably successful. Gregarious, outgoing, and very busy. Despite physical warnings to slow down, I pushed...

05th Sep 2015

What’s Heart Got To Do With It?

By Dr. Ben Goldstein On August 11th, the leading journal in cardiology, named Circulation, published an article titled Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder Predispose Youth to Accelerated Atherosclerosis and...

05th Sep 2015

Walk It Off

By Dr. Robin Whale With so much conflicting health advice available to us in the information age, we’ve lost some of our basic common sense. We’ve forgotten what our grandparents...

05th Sep 2015

Starting Rituals

By Aaron Sugarman Procrastination sucks. Oh sure, it may seem like a good idea at the time, but like your mom probably told you, it’s all fun and games until...

05th Sep 2015

Overcoming Barriers

By Rev. Glen Eagle I start with an old story that is probably politically incorrect in today’s world, but makes a point. It’s about a boy who phones home from...

08th Jul 2015

Managing Your Mind

By Natasha Sherman First, I’d like to invite you to consider that there is no right way to do your life. There is what you choose, moment by moment. And...

08th Jul 2015

The Mind-Immune Connection

By Lisa Cantkier Since I have an autoimmune disease (celiac disease), I find new research and information about how our immune system operates to be quite fascinating. The health and...