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5 ways to make High River an Emotional Safe Spot – part 4 of 4

Crowded Cafe After two years working behind the scenes on this big idea it has been an incredibly rewarding month to introduce it to the community.  First, the response to the Community Café in August was uplifting. As the RSVP’s rolled in and then the clouds – we were honestly afraid that there would be […]

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Emotional Safe Spot: Asking for help, asking if someone needs help- part 3 of 4

I NEED HELP Asking for help can be hard. “I need help” –  3 little words, why is it so hard??  Even when we have to physically move something big we try to do it ourselves first. Let’s think about moving a big table.  First we look at it, hmmm… maybe I can move it.  […]

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Emotional Safe Spot: The Training – part 2 of a 4 series.

In last weeks blog, we covered the origin and the idea of the Emotional Safe Spot in High River, this week we are going to look deeper at the training. Here is a copy of the Certified Emotional Safe Spot Members guide that looks at some of the expectations of the trainee’s. Certified Members Guide […]

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Emotional Safe Spot High River – Launch 2019 – Part 1 of a 4

The flood of water in June 2013 was followed by a couple of other floods.  The flood of volunteers and helpers, the flood of recovery specialists, the flood of researchers.  Each one left a mark, some visible some concealed. One of the things that was fortified during these floods was a connection between the professional […]

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Have You Heard of Canned Heat? Partnership Rocks.

You have to love when you search “songs about working together” and you get something this great. Our High River is about working together.  We’ve talked about it before here and here. Sounds great – right? The reality though…sometimes you just want to pick up your ball and go home. Why can’t we all just get along? […]

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Facing June

Spring has sprung a little late this year and I’m a little shocked at how strongly I’m reacting to the green and to the leaves on tree’s!  If you see a woman in a red car smiling from ear to ear and whooping about a burst of color – that’s me.    Emotions can be […]

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We Be Jammin’ High River

cover photo courtesy of Lorraine Hjalte If you were at the Community Summit Lite this year you would have heard an impassioned plea for sharing the great LIVE MUSIC opportunities that we have in our community. As Sir Elton John said “Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves […]

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This Years Greatest Christmas Gift: Sharing

We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.   As we move out of American Thanksgiving and towards the holidays our radio, television and computers are spewing a constant babble of Black Friday deals.  Tomorrow it will change it’s tune to Cyber Monday and beyond that you will be poked, prodded […]

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What’s Vital about Vital Signs? 5 reasons our community survey is a big deal

You are walking down the street and suddenly you come upon somebody laying down.  Are they okay?  Are they hurt?  Are they just resting? Are they even alive?  Whether we are trained or not we know some basics to check for – pulse, breath – if you’ve taken the courses you may find yourself saying […]

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Humans of High River: Lee-Anne Murakami

Meet Lee-Anne Murakami – if you haven’t already! Lee-Anne has been a High Riverite for 35 years and has been an ACTIVE community member.  She’s worked at two business’s that don’t even exist anymore – a Bulk Food store and the Bowling Alley and at just about every Social Profit in town. A member of […]

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Challenge of the week: Courageous Conversations

Community is built on relationships and relationships are built on communication.  Despite the importance of these three things- essential to our physical and mental health- we usually just let it happen.  While we spend hours learning other things, playing games, we rely on the communication we picked up along the way.  We wing it. Communication […]

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Mask On? Mask Off? Happy Halloween

Good Evening High River, As we enter Halloween week I challenge you to take off the mask we wear the rest of the year-have fun, get to know someone better, challenge yourself to be brave this week. Halloween shows us that scary CAN be fun.   Have a deep and connecting week- say hi to […]

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Us and Them. Where’s Your Focus?

What are we focusing on? First impressions are very, very fast – science says less than 1/10th of a second.  Snap.  Decisions made.  Does this mean it needs to stay that way?  As the duckrabbit picture shows we can look longer and see more. How long are we willing to look? At the most basic […]

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GOOD TRADE

A Good Trade :  Judgement for Curiosity Do you remember the scenes in Dances with Wolves where they talked about a good trade? Don’t worry, I’m going to put them right here, doesn’t Kevin Costner look young?   I spent this past week in training with 12 other professionals.  This training, creating emotional safe spots, […]

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Surviving the September Slam S.O.S: Self-Care, Organize and Say No!

Okay, deep breathe in, and out.  One more time.  This might be your first deep breath since the month started and she’s already ½ over!  September is full on go time as school kicks in, everyone is back from summer vacation and the years end seems to be hurtling at us at full speed. As […]

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5 Ways You Can Make High River Schools Even Better This Year

Wrapping the community around our schools. In these polarizing and passionate times there are still a few things we can agree upon.  One of them is that education is important.   An even greater unifier is that our kids are important.  It takes a village to raise a child is more than a great poster, […]

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Express Yourself

Express Yourself Do you feel like you are safe to be yourself in High River? As Alberta becomes increasingly diverse we are seeing the small town emerge from a place where people have a relatively similar background and mindset to a place where difference cultures, ideals and lifestyles are increasingly intermingled.  In a healthy ecosystem […]

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Loneliness, The Value of Trust, Wall to Wall Carpet Wanted

In a world that’s more connected than ever, evidence is showing that people are lonelier. Even to the degree that the United Kingdom has a department and a Minister of Loneliness!! Loneliness is a state of mind, it is a universal human experience and can be rooted in a lot of different causes – here’s […]

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Stop Watering the Weeds: The Antidote to Bad News and Disconnect

Did you plant anything this year?  Hopeful that you’ll end up with flowers or vegetables, maybe a tree? While you’ve gone to all of that planning and effort other things pop up.  Some of these things are easy to pick out and remove, I usually go for those ones first.  Others, like the quack grass […]

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#HighRiverPatient: 5 Steps to Overcome Rebuild Rage

3 times this week I’ve attempted to leave town just east of the United Church.  Three times I hit the detour sign.  I’m not going to lie, my emotional temperature went up every time.  Not a lot, I can talk myself down pretty quickly, but I felt it. How have you been doing?  Rebuilding has […]

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All Hail the Followers!

Are you ready to join a movement? A couple of weeks ago we talked about passionate people. Visionaries and leaders are really important, there’s no denying it.  Where we as a culture have been mistaken, or maybe where we could mature beyond, is that we have made leadership and leaders MORE important than the other […]

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