How to Become a Virtuoso Guitarist

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By Duane Hewitt A virtuoso guitarist will ultimately combine the highest degree of skills in a range of musical abilities that include precision, speed, musicality, technique, knowledge, ear training, listening, discipline, talent and growth. (It is understood that each term used here refers to musical skills.) And so the road […]

Help for Those in Need: Links and Resources

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Needing Help and Having Somewhere to Turn By Duane Hewitt – with the help of many! At various times in our lives, there comes a point when we all need help. Sometimes we carry burdens that are simply too much to bear. Suicide, fear, pain, anxiety, depression, job loss, homelessness, […]

Literature – what’s the point?

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Literature – what’s the point? By Duane Hewitt Literature might best be described as written works of longstanding merit; particularly where the value lies in beauty of language or emotional effect. The term literature often applies to fiction that is notable, but literature also encompasses nonfiction, poetry, journalistic works, or […]

PTSD: Risk and Resilience Factors

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PTSD: Risk and Resilience Factors By Duane Hewitt Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can strike anyone, from young children to the elderly. A simplified definition of PTSD is the stress that follows being witness to or experiencing a terrifying or traumatic event. It is most often associated with war veterans and […]

Exercising and Advancing Consciousness

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By Duane Hewitt Our brains are true powerhouses that are capable of far more than we may understand. These dynamos store what is likely unlimited information, process experience and thought, induce imagination (and all it encompasses), operate the human body and its many complex processes, are the key to identity, […]

How to Think

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How to Think By Duane Hewitt We’re expected to do it all our lives. From our earliest time of learning to our later years it is engrained in us that this is something we must always do. Doing it well can be extremely beneficial to us. Doing it poorly can […]

I shall not live in vain

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By Duane Hewitt If I can stop one heart from breaking,I shall not live in vain;If I can ease one life the aching,Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robinUnto his nest again,I shall not live in vain. Emily Dickenson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) In her […]

When Angels Weep

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When Angels Weep By Duane Hewitt We humans must surely give angels reason to weep. From our treatment of one another, to how we treat life on the planet, down through the ages with crime, war, violence, our efforts to control one another, and all the cascading things we do […]

Hope and Hopelessness

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Hope and Hopelessness By Duane Hewitt If there are things in this life that are worth dying for, then there must be equally great things worth living for. The most critical time in any battle is not when one feels spent and exhausted, but when that same person no longer […]

Our Need for Touch

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Our Need for Touch By Duane Hewitt As feeling, physical beings we have a need for touch. Touch, that is, good, feeling, sensitive touch that is not hostile or threatening, calms. It soothes. It can excite us as well as quell any discomfort within us  Our skin is the largest […]

Coping skills: Finding ways to survive

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Coping skills: Finding ways to survive By Duane Hewitt Coping is crucial to us all. Whether we deal with an angry and difficult boss, have financial problems, are going through a crisis on account of Covid-19, or are facing life challenges like cancer or the death of a loved one, […]

Aging Well

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By Duane Hewitt The thought of aging might be distressing but we needn’t equate aging with a slow demise to death. So many of the things we fear about aging have become almost clichéd, but there are things we can do to age well. Keeping our minds active: No matter […]

Suicide – When pain exceeds resources to cope

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Suicide – When pain exceeds resources to cope By Duane Hewitt Have you ever thought about suicide? Are you thinking about it now? Please take a moment and read this first… Talking about suicide shouldn’t be unsettling. What is disturbing is that it happens at all. People feel driven to […]

An Apology to Our Readers

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By Duane Hewitt We owe an apology to each and every one of our readers. We’ve been slow to add new articles and links as promised. The blame for this for the most part goes to the pandemic. Here in Toronto, it has been an unending series of lockdowns as […]

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