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“Young and Free” ~ Cheryl & Servus Credit Union


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Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Today I am delighted to discover “Young and Free,” a program brilliantly created and developed to involve youth interactively in learning how money is managed in our society, and how to manage their own money more intelligently. Brilliant! ~ Doc Meek

Here is the invitation for young adults (17-25) to apply for this 2011 year, deadlined May 2.

However, remember, this is an annual contest, so you can always prepare ahead of time for next year, eh? Great learning experience to plan ahead, to actually do concrete things to prepare ahead of time. Beat the crowd for next year! 😮

“Are you between 17 and 25 years old and living in Alberta? Do you want the Young & Free Alberta Spokester title for a full year and a competitive annual salary? If you answered yes, this opportunity is for you!

“No cue cards. No scripts. Just you, being yourself, speaking for us, Servus Credit Union. Create a buzz, get people talking and take home big bucks.”

Click on this link, scroll down a little, and see the neat video on the “2011 Young and Free Spokester Search” video:

Thank you, Cheryl Wiens*, for interacting with youth in positive ways that encourage them to learn to help themselves in positive ways!

Doc Meek, Tues, Apr 26, 2011, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA


*In addition to being the host of the Living Young & Free Show, Cheryl Wiens is the designated contact for all of the “Young and Free” applicants during the search phase. Send her an e-mail at as she has all the answers! Also, feel free to add Cheryl as a friend on Facebook.

I sent Cheryl an email congratulating her on her good work.

I also asked Cheryl if we could have, in addition to her “Living Young & Free Show,” a “Living Old & Free Show?” 😮

To see entertaining and educational episodes of Cheryl’s “Living Young and Free Show,” click on:

“Finished my income tax returns! :o) ~ Doc Meek

Thursday, April 14, 2011. Today I am so happy and grateful to finally get my income tax returns all filled out! And thank heaven for GenuTax and TurboTax software that help make this humongous task mangeable! 😮

“Changing for Good.” ~ James Prochaska

Changing for Good: A Revolutionary Six-Stage Program for Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward

Prochaska, James O., John C. Norcross & Carlo C. DiClemente (1995).


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Monday, April 11, 2011. Today I am grateful for those people who work with addicts (that’s all of us, to one degree or another, maybe) and help them (us) mover forward in our lives in a positive way . . . permanently. Dr. Prochaska and his fellow Ph.D.s/colleagues are such people. ~ Doc Meek

I wrote to an ex-alcoholic friend about Dr. Prochaska’s work, as follows: 

Dear B, Drs. Prochaska, Norcross & DiClemente put forward the idea that family or corporate interventions that rush/push addicts (or any of us) into changing their (our) behavior before they (we) are ready internally to make the change, are almost certain to fail.
From what you have shared with me, you know this already. This program greatly increases the success rate and greatly reduces recidivism (relapse).

Blessings and Gratitudes, Doc ………………………………………………………………………….
1. Precontemplation
2. Contemplation
3. Preparation
4. Action
5. Maintenance
6. [Self-management] Termination [the end of official formal therapy]
– Prochaska, James O., John C. Norcross &
Carlo C. DiClemente (1995). Changing for Good …………………………………………………………………………..

This inexpensive and powerful book has been read by many; here is one reader’s comment:

5 out of 5 stars. What a nice change!

Published on July 14, 2007 by Henry

Unlike most self-help books out there, this one is actually based on research for a change. Based on this PhD’s work on how people change, this guy has uncovered the different, predictable stages of change that people go through when they attempt to get themselves to change. Although the stages are fairly predictable, not everybody goes through them in the exact same…

Thank you, Drs. Prochaska, Norcross and DiClemente, for forging new ground and increasing success rates and reducing recidivism (relapse).
Doc Meek, Mon, Apr 11, 2011, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

“Small is big . . . in more ways than one.” ~ Doc Meek

Thursday, April 7, 2011. Today I am so grateful for parents who teach in small ways and children who learn in small ways. Both end up big in my eyes, and the result is big in lifelong benefits!

Tearing off old asphalt roof shingles.

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My Mom is having her roof re-shingled.

This reminds my older sister Anita of the couple who had their own small business re-shingling roofs [rooves? :o].

(One of the big problems when the old shingles are being removed, is the small bits of asphalt shingle and roofing nails that fall into the gardens and lawns and flowerbeds surrounding the house.)

In the summer, when school is out, this couple bring their young child with them (8 or 9 years old).

Anita asks the child, “What are you doing?”

He says: “I am working; my job is to take this can and go all around the house all day and pick up any bits of old shingle or nails that fall from the roof.”

Anita: “That’s good. I can see that is an important job! I am glad you are able to help your Mom and Dad!”

Child: “I have to make sure that I get everything. See? [Shows Anita a bit of tar paper and an “invisible” nail in the lawn.]

Anita: “Wow, you must have really good eyes, eh?”

Child: “Yah . . .  and I have to remember to work below the side of the roof where my Dad and Mom are not working.”

Anita: “Why?”

Child: “So nothing falls on my head and hurts me.”


Child: “When I am all caught up picking up stuff off the ground, I go skateboarding on the front driveway.” [Kids know how to combine work and play in a way many adults have forgotten.]

Thank you, Anita, for sharing this story of the young worker with us! And thanks to the parents on the roof who know how to help their children learn the value of work in small ways at a young age!

Doc Meek, Thurs, Apr 7, 2011, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

“Note to Self: 30 Women . . . ” ~ Andrea Buchanan


Overcoming Adversity–Tree Clinging to Rocky Ledge (Photo by Royce Bair, Zions National Park, Utah, USA)
Wednesday, April 6, 2011. Today I am grateful for the example of women who overcome great odds. Andrea Buchanan tells us how 30 women did it. ~ Doc Meek
Andrea Buchanan (Editor, 2009)

From the dust jacket:

“Thirty inspiring women share the enduring lessons they have learned from the defining moments of their lives.

“Life rarely works out exactly as we plan. Rejection by a cherished friend, the onset of an unexpected illness, struggle with body image and self-perception–these experiences may challenge us, but our triumphs come to define us.

“We find comfort, joy, tears, and laughter in the wisdom, insight, and empathy we gain.”


Thank you, Andrea Buchanan, for teaching all of us the agony and joy of overcoming obstacles, including ourselves!

Doc Meek, Wed, Apr 6, 2011, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

“Surely we’ve all learned to breathe?” ~ Doc Meek

Tuesday, April 5, 2011. Recently I was grateful (and shocked!) to learn that I did not know how to breathe! Surely we all learned this at birth!? Yes, and our over-scheduled lives can take away that basic infant learning.  Even babies, if they have overly-traumatic births, can fail to learn to breathe for health. ~ Doc Meek

Breathwalk: Breathing Your Way to a Revitalized Body, Mind and Spirit

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Breathwalk: Breathing Your Way to a Revitalized Body, Mind and Spirit

Gurucharan Singh Khalsa (Author), Yogi Bhajan (Author); 12 customer reviews

Reader J. Roberts comments:

“I bought the book because it incorporated elements from two of my favorite exercises, yoga and walking. After reading the book front to back, I took a walk. I was amazed. It opens your senses, quiets your mind and changes your mood in a quick 15-30 minutes. It’s something you can do anywhere (your neighborhood, parks, malls, airports, work and even on a treadmill), no special clothes or equipment required, and it’s soooo easy! Read the book, get your friends to get one and read it too, then go for a walk together.”

Reader D. Kemper comments:

“What a terrific book! Despite the fact that it’s an exercise book, it is extremely engaging, and the concepts easy to follow. The challenge is to have the patience to read the book through completely so that you understand fully what Breathwalk is all about, before trying it out haphazardly.

“One reviewer felt the book was disorganized, and there should have been a brief overview chapter so the reader could quickly dive into Breathwalking.

“My good judgment tells me that the presentation of the material was quite deliberately thought through so that the reader would have a firm foundation of what to do before striking out. A Breathwalk – though its basic components are as simple as breathing and walking – requires a certain level of precision and, as importantly, consciousness of what you’re doing at any given moment, so just getting a vague idea of it wouldn’t be useful at all.

“I see a close similarity, in that respect, to yoga. Carefully learn and consciously practice a few yoga basics and you’ll immediately feel some rewards (just like learning one Breathwalk program). But you can very satisfactorily spend a whole lifetime enhancing your practice of yoga (or Breathwalk) and, in turn, continuously reap more and more benefits.

“I’d recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an exercise program that addresses physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health, is easy to do but provides you with lots of opportunity for real mastery.”


Thank you, Dr. Khalsa (not the medical Dr. Khalsa), and your co-author, Yogi Bhajan, for this enlightening book about learning to really do for health what we all thought we already knew how to do–breathe!

Doc Meek, Tuesday, April 5, 2011, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

“The Age of Autism.” ~ Olmsted & Blaxill


Dan Olmsted (Author), Mark Blaxill (Author)

(33 customer reviews)

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Today I am grateful for those who have the courage to warn us we are “fouling our own nest,” as they say of careless birds, eh? Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill are among the number warning us. ~ Doc Meek

Here is what one reader has to say about Olmsted’s and Blaxill’s book (review from

(4 out of 5 stars) A look at the “Kanner 11” with the eyes of history past and present
The content of this book is a bit different than what this reviewer had expected. Much of the material presented here can actually be read apart from what the authors discuss about autism, even though autism is one of the core elements in some areas of the text, comprising perhaps about one-third of the book. In reading some of the reviews here, as well as the great…
Published 2 months ago by Erik Gfesser
Thank you, Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill, for telling it like it is: we have to stop allowing technology to hurt us while it is helping us!
Doc Meek, Wed, Mar 30, 2011, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

“Field trips can enhance learning.” ~ Doc Meek

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Today I am grateful for those who labor to bring teachers ideas they can use to increase their effectiveness. ~ Doc Meek

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Doc Meek, Tuesday, March 29, 2011, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

“Learn about GIRL UP from Gina.” ~ Doc Meek



I’m 16 years old. She’s 14. My name is Karina. Her name is Massa. I live in Carpinteria, California. She lives in Todee, Liberia. We’re half a world away and our lives are dramatically different, but we’re both girls who have our entire futures before us. READ MORE

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Monday, March 28, 2011. Today I am grateful for the Girl Up campaign by the United Nations Foundation. – Doc Meek

GilrUp | Uniting Girls to Change the World


See “Girl Up” video by Gina Reiss-Wilchins, Director of “Girl Up,” on YouTube:

Hi Doc Meek,

It’s taken me a few weeks to settle in at the UN Foundation, and now it’s finally time to introduce myself to you — I’m Gina, the new Girl Up Campaign Director! From the moment I heard about Girl Up and the amazing things you all are doing to unite for girls around the world, I was hooked and knew this was the job for me. Of course my 4-year-old daughter Dylan had to approve of the choice too, as you’ll see in the video below.

Girls across the world have dreams and goals just like my daughter does here in America. They want to go to school, be safe, stay healthy, and have a chance to grow up and be whatever they want to be. I am so excited to bring my experience and passion for empowering girls to Girl Up — I can’t wait to unite with YOU to build a generation of global leaders and philanthro-teens, all working to create a better world with the United Nations.

You’ve all done such inspiring work already, and I’m looking forward to the rest of 2011 and beyond with the Girl Up and UN Foundation teams, our Teen Advisors, Champions, partners, and YOU!

Thank you,

Gina Reiss-Wilchins, Director of Girl Up

P.S. I’d love to hear from you about how you’re supporting Girl Up and your ideas to make the campaign even better for you – send me an email or write me a note on the Girl Up Facebook page!


I did send Gina Reiss-Wilchins an email:

“Gina Reiss-Wilchins, Director of Girl Up” <>

Dear Gina,

I am delighted that you are promoting the “Girl Up”program.

I am delighted to be putting up “Girl Up” information on my blog website:

You can click on the specific post by title hereunder:

“Learn about GIRL UP from Gina.” ~ Doc Meek

This is the second posting of Girl Up on THE LEARNING CLINIC WORLDWIDE blog. Here is the first posting by title:

“Learn ‘Girl Up’ by the UN Foundation.” ~ Doc Meek

Blessings and Gratitudes,

Doc Meek

P.S. We all love seeing your 4-year old daughter Dylan on YouTube with you!

Doc Meek, Mon, Mar 28, 2011, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

“The 3 things I learned in ICU.” ~ Tanya Meek, R.N.

The Little ICU Book

The Little ICU Book [Paperback]

Paul L. Marino (Author), Kenneth M. Sutin (Contributor)

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Thursday, March 24, 2011. Today I am grateful for my daughter, Tanya Meek Nielson RN, who does what I could not do.

She works the long 12-hour overnight shifts in the Neurological ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Steady nights. I could do the long hours. I could not do the constant battle with death, and death itself.

Such Neurological ICUs care for the most dramatically ill or injured patients, often victims of sudden severe accidents.

“The Three Things I Learned while working in the ICU,” by Tanya Meek:

(1) My life is not so bad.

I can walk, I can talk, I can think. I can move forward with my life, no matter how bad my personal problems are.

(2) Your life can change in an instant.

One minute you are a bright muscular young man/woman, thrilled with your work and your social life; the next minute you are a bag of fluids that may or may not survive the  night, let alone the week

(3) There are worse things than death.

Often the injury and damage to the patient is so great that, despite the fact everybody is initiating and voting for  medical miracles, and everybody is rooting for you like mad, death may be the greatest triumph.

After all is said and done.

Thank you, Tanya Meek Nielson, for sharing your critical care experience with us!

Doc Meek, Thurs, Mar 24, 2011, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

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