During my time as a Youth First Social Worker, I have worked with many students impacted by cancer. This school year has been no exception, as I was diagnosed with breast cancer myself in July 2021. Here are a few ideas you may find helpful when coping with a cancer diagnosis.

At this time of the year, when there is little to do in the garden, this column is usually filled with information about plants to consider for the new growing season. Several organizations give awards for new plant selections or name “plants of the year”, and I try to get that information o…

The end of a year and the beginning of a new one is generally a time to reflect on what the old year held and to make plans for the new. I doubt that anyone is sorry to see the end of 2021, and it is undoubtedly a universal hope that 2022 will see the end of the pandemic and prosperity for a…

Grief is often viewed as a sensitive subject, for obvious reasons. It is something we tend to maneuver around with caution. This is likely because each person experiences some form of grief in their lifetime, and we as humans are empathetic towards each other.

We have passed the winter solstice and daylight hours are growing a bit longer with each passing day. As we approach a new year, we begin making plans for the next year’s gardens. It is also a time when horticultural companies and plant societies release their prize-winners for the new garde…

The busy holiday season brings many priorities, and our mental health does not always earn a spot at the top of the list. However, gratitude and giving can have a direct link to improved health, increased happiness, and infinite joy…especially this time of year.

With Christmas fast approaching:

I don’t take every situation in my life as a moment to stop and reflect. But most of the time, I should.

The focus of the last year has been about the many ways that COVID-19 is continuously affecting our daily lives. At some points this year, it started to feel like we were getting closer to the sense of normalcy we’ve craved since the pandemic started.