Right in the centre - Seeking contentment

By Ken Waddell

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The world is in turmoil, both at home and far away. From economics to mental health to wars, there are plenty of things to worry about. It’s as if we are in a constant state of grief.

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Right in the centre - New guidelines announced

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

When I was quite young, that is in the early 1960s, our school had a number of speakers come in to our school. I don’t remember if the one particular speaker was from the government or perhaps from Alcoholics Anonymous but I do remember the message. The man said, “The only way to avoid becoming an alcoholic is to never take the first drink.” The sheer logic struck me quite clearly. The implication was that if you never start drinking alcohol you can’t become an alcoholic. Fifty years ago, alcoholism was a problem and it’s still a problem today. Everybody has seen or been affected by alcoholism. 

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Right in the Center - Don’t be so negative, Ok?

By Ken Waddell

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In just about every TV show, on-line story or in actual conversations, I hear so much negativity.

The TV shows are a riot, especially the real estate ones. A couple looks at three houses, picks the one best suited to them and then goes hard on renovations. The initial negativity really galls me.

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Right in the centre - Context and capacity

 Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

As the calender turned to another year, I reflected on a few things. For example, this weekly column is well over number 1,750. Seems like a lot of writing and hopefully a few words or phrases put on this page since October 1989 have been helpful to some people. 

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Right in the centre - Opinions are like noses

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

New Year’s is always a time to reflect, maybe plan ahead, contemplate changes. One thing that I have been pondering is how divided people have become on various issues. I won’t air a shopping list of issues but everybody has a list. There are tons of issues and everyone has a different list. Everyone has their preferences and that is a good thing hopefully. Opinions are like noses, everyone has one.

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