Julia Kopala

About Julia Kopala

Currently Julia is immersed in a number of writing projects and continues to teach and practice Reiki. Julia's love for life embraces a passion for Argentine tango, exhilarating rides on her BMW 650 motorcycle, and contemporary camping on the shores of "Alberta's ocean." She resides in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and partner John. Together they have two amazing adult children, Joshua and Justine.

Teenagers Talking to Parents 37 Years Ago

2017-12-24T02:11:19+00:00

What would teenagers say to their parents if they could? This question was asked of drama and religion students at Archbishop O’Leary High School in Edmonton 37 years ago. Their responses became the bases for

Teenagers Talking to Parents 37 Years Ago 2017-12-24T02:11:19+00:00

Student Stress

2017-12-21T21:24:57+00:00

Read a simple explanation, by guest blogger Aydan Dunnigan, on why we perform better when we feel safe and supported. Dunnigan's blog on student stress, which appears in Edmonton's Rat Creek Press, also says nice things

Student Stress 2017-12-21T21:24:57+00:00

Emotional Pain

2017-11-30T18:03:21+00:00

Emotional pain is a bit of a conundrum to me. When I think I have figured life out, I am almost shocked to discover that maybe I have not. It is especially egregious if I

Emotional Pain 2017-11-30T18:03:21+00:00

How to Enhance Your Christmas Blahs

2017-12-30T23:01:55+00:00

Sometimes I take an emotional dip around Christmas time. This is not uncommon for many people perhaps because our expectations are too high and the food too rich. I have made a list of how

How to Enhance Your Christmas Blahs 2017-12-30T23:01:55+00:00

Miss Bossypants | Life Lesson

2017-12-18T21:53:53+00:00

Bossy: given to ordering people about; overly authoritative; domineering. (Dictionary.com) I have been Miss Bossypants lately. I don’t like it because I never feel good after the fact. There is a brief moment of power,

Miss Bossypants | Life Lesson 2017-12-18T21:53:53+00:00

Wayne Dyer’s Erroneous Zones Tribute

2017-12-14T18:41:48+00:00

 Dr. Wayne Dyer, Self help author and motivational speaker (1940-2015)   Wayne Dyer was there for me after my divorce way back when. My happily-ever-after fantasy went by the way side with the dissolution of a

Wayne Dyer’s Erroneous Zones Tribute 2017-12-14T18:41:48+00:00

Compassion Fatigue

2017-12-21T21:36:04+00:00

Compassion: a blessing or a curse? Compassion is a way of connecting the love and awareness within your self to another person. Compassion is more than kindness; it’s a natural expression of kindness and understanding

Compassion Fatigue 2017-12-21T21:36:04+00:00

Choose Happiness

2017-12-21T20:01:03+00:00

Happiness is for idiots. (Charles de Gaulle) My life’s work, both personally and professionally, has been about happiness: the having and the not having. Being happy most of the time feels nice. Being unhappy for

Choose Happiness 2017-12-21T20:01:03+00:00

The “Oh Wow” factor

2017-12-18T22:02:40+00:00

Here is a guest blog from Aydan Dunnigan, author, friend and dance partner.  How to increase the Oh Wow factor in your life. Facebook friends never die apparently: I received a birthday notification yesterday of a friend

The “Oh Wow” factor 2017-12-18T22:02:40+00:00

Aging | Life Lessons

2017-12-21T20:33:41+00:00

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? Satchel Paige       Aging or just plain getting older is a bit of a conundrum to me. As I age

Aging | Life Lessons 2017-12-21T20:33:41+00:00

Life lessons, Dog Lessons

2017-12-18T22:12:49+00:00

Never Hide Your Dog’s Ball Under Your Head It is common knowledge that canine or feline comfort can reduce one’s stress and enhances one’s joie de vivre. Here is one such example with an unintended

Life lessons, Dog Lessons 2017-12-18T22:12:49+00:00

Three Breaths of Thich Nhat Hanh

2017-12-18T22:16:59+00:00

Thich Nhat Hanh is a well-known Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk who currently resides in France. He is considered to be second to the Dalhi Lama in terms of knowledge and commitment to world peace. Thich

Three Breaths of Thich Nhat Hanh 2017-12-18T22:16:59+00:00

Obama for Prime Minister

2017-12-18T22:26:27+00:00

Dear President Obama, I was pleased when you were returned for a second term in office as President of the United States in 2013. You are now in your last term and I need to

Obama for Prime Minister 2017-12-18T22:26:27+00:00

Argentine Tango | Ballroom Tango

2017-12-19T19:39:34+00:00

What is the difference between Argentine tango and Ballroom tango? "Have you been to tango heaven, he asked"? “What’s tango heaven?” He knew that if I had to ask, then I have not been there.

Argentine Tango | Ballroom Tango 2017-12-19T19:39:34+00:00

How Not to Buy a Christmas Ham

2017-12-20T00:06:17+00:00

One Woman, Two Men and a Ham A woman walks into a big name grocery outlet to do some last minute Christmas shopping. Her cart has only a few items in it when she notices

How Not to Buy a Christmas Ham 2017-12-20T00:06:17+00:00

Holy Guy | Self Help Tips

2017-12-14T02:27:29+00:00

My teaching career began in 1970 at a local high school in north Edmonton. Even though my career spanned 37 years working in various schools, it was my first position that has retained lasting memories

Holy Guy | Self Help Tips 2017-12-14T02:27:29+00:00

Two Dogs Fighting

2017-12-21T18:56:45+00:00

One winter's evening while gathered round a blazing campfire an Old Sioux chief told his grandson about the inner struggle that goes on inside people. "You see," said the old man, "this inner struggle is

Two Dogs Fighting 2017-12-21T18:56:45+00:00

Lucky Pants

2017-12-21T19:55:58+00:00

In a recent text to my son I called him “lucky pants”. “Why did you call me lucky pants?” he texted back. “Because you are.” “How so?” “You have an amazing life. Your work is

Lucky Pants 2017-12-21T19:55:58+00:00

Advice for Modern Parents

2017-12-20T00:50:56+00:00

Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is a way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them

Advice for Modern Parents 2017-12-20T00:50:56+00:00

Finding My Voice

2017-12-30T23:40:23+00:00

“Put your purse on the floor”. “No, it’s ok, I said as I struggled to hang my bag on the back of the chair”. The treatment room was small and it was awkward to maneuver

Finding My Voice 2017-12-30T23:40:23+00:00

If the Shoe Doesn’t Fit

2017-12-20T22:21:12+00:00

If the shoe doesn't fit you take it off of course you take it off it doesn't worry you it's not your shoe   by Naomi Shihab Ne    

If the Shoe Doesn’t Fit 2017-12-20T22:21:12+00:00

It’s Plastic

2017-12-20T22:26:12+00:00

Late one Saturday afternoon many years ago, I came home from a shopping trip excited about my big purchase. This excitement lasted one minute. In the first year of living together with my partner, he

It’s Plastic 2017-12-20T22:26:12+00:00

Are You a Happy Teacher?

2017-12-20T22:48:41+00:00

After I received a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Alberta, a cousin of mine told me to go into Education. I didn't know what else to do so why not? I knew

Are You a Happy Teacher? 2017-12-20T22:48:41+00:00

Beach Reiki

2017-12-20T23:18:53+00:00

I spent the past few weeks in direct contact with Nature camping at Lesser Slave Lake in Northern Alberta, Canada. It is one of my favourite places to go where I can connect with myself

Beach Reiki 2017-12-20T23:18:53+00:00

Reiki For High School Students

2017-12-21T18:54:15+00:00

Reiki is an ancient healing practice that originated in Tibet and was rediscovered in Japan by Dr. Usui in the late 1800s. Reiki is healing with the hands or a laying of hands on oneself

Reiki For High School Students 2017-12-21T18:54:15+00:00

Student Spirituality

2017-12-21T18:05:01+00:00

It has been my experience as a teacher that students want to talk about spirituality. There are a variety of definitions and interpretations of spirituality, one of which is that it is a personal belief

Student Spirituality 2017-12-21T18:05:01+00:00

What is Holistic Health?

2017-11-30T19:16:43+00:00

The term 'Holistic' comes from the Greek word “holos” meaning whole. Holistic health practices encompass the complete system of mind, body, and spirit. Balance is the key in these elements. A basic premise of holistic

What is Holistic Health? 2017-11-30T19:16:43+00:00
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