The Streep vs Trump “Battle” –Effective Communication?

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First let me start by saying this is not a political post, this is a post by a mediator on communication. The Streep vs Trump “battle” is fascinating to me. As are many of the other “battles” that Trump seems to find himself in. Sometimes it’s about what is being said, sometimes it’s how it’s

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Elder Mediation – You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know. Sensitivities – Part 2 of 5

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SENSITIVITIES: can shape how people view and manage conflict. Being aware and empathetic during times when people are in conflict or having difficult conversations is central to a successful outcome.  I guess I should start by apologizing for the delay in posting Part 2. Having a busy and thriving mediation practice is amazing and I’m so

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Divorce Dilemma

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I wasn’t happy…that was not a surprise to me or probably anyone else. The exception of course being my husband at the time who was “fine”. Isn’t that a female term that causes men to fear that however they respond it will be wrong? The dilemma? To stay in my marriage for the sake of

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We Need To Talk About…The Sandwich Generation

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On this week’s show we talk about The Sandwich Generation with my guests: Brian McMurter from McMurter & Associates Randy Filinski from CARP Ajax-Pickering Are you stuck in the middle of caring for aging parents AND raising your kids? Then you are part of the sandwich generation. There are different definitions but being sandwiched by

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We Need To Talk About…Youth & Leadership

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On this week’s show we’re talking about Youth & Leadership with my guests: Sajee Baskaran from Boys and Girls Club of Durham and, Katie Zeppieri from Make Your Mark Guess what? They may not be the lazy, entitled, technology addicted people that they are often portrayed in the movies…ok and sometimes in real life 🙂

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We Need To Talk About…BULLYING

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We Need to Talk is a show that helps make difficult conversations a little easier.  This week we talked about Bullying. Most people have somehow been impacted by bullying but it’s not something we like to talk about. Bullying can take many forms – physical, verbal or social and it can happen anywhere. On the

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We Need To Talk about…Divorce

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On this week’s show I talk about Divorce and Divorce Support in the Durham Region with my guests: Darryl Glover – A lawyer with Glover & Associates; and Julie McLaren – A member of Separation2Success Why do we need to talk about divorce? Because it affects so many families and the cost emotionally and financially

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WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT…SENIOR CARE

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On this week’s show we are lucky enough to have Heather Campbell, Director of Care at the Wynfield in Oshawa and Tina Deszi from T & E Health Pros. Why do we need to talk about Senior care? Well, it’s a fact of life that we’re all getting older and with that comes a few

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DIVORCE AND YOUR FINANCIALS

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I’m happy to announce that as of September 2013 I am now a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA for short).  If separating and divorcing clients are fighting over the children, they are fighting over the money…whether there is any or not. I wanted to put my financial background to use and to help these clients.

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DOES A FAMILY MEDIATOR TAKE SIDES?

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I’m surprised that this is the first time I’ve been asked this question…”Do you side with Moms since you are one?” It’s an amazing question since Mediation is really about finding someone that you can trust to walk you through the process and someone that you feel comfortable opening up to. Had that question not

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