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


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 Ago2018-02-07T18:51:16+00:00

Student Stress


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 Stress2017-12-21T21:24:57+00:00

Emotional Pain


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 Pain2017-11-30T18:03:21+00:00

How to Enhance Your Christmas Blahs


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 Blahs2017-12-30T23:01:55+00:00

Miss Bossypants | Life Lesson


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 Lesson2017-12-18T21:53:53+00:00

Wayne Dyer’s Erroneous Zones Tribute


 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 Tribute2017-12-14T18:41:48+00:00

Compassion Fatigue


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 Fatigue2017-12-21T21:36:04+00:00

Choose Happiness


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 Happiness2017-12-21T20:01:03+00:00

The “Oh Wow” factor


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” factor2017-12-18T22:02:40+00:00

Aging | Life Lessons


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 Lessons2017-12-21T20:33:41+00:00

Life lessons, Dog Lessons


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 Lessons2017-12-18T22:12:49+00:00

Three Breaths of Thich Nhat Hanh


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 Hanh2017-12-18T22:16:59+00:00

Obama for Prime Minister


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 Minister2017-12-18T22:26:27+00:00

Argentine Tango | Ballroom Tango


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 Tango2017-12-19T19:39:34+00:00

How Not to Buy a Christmas Ham


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 Ham2017-12-20T00:06:17+00:00

Holy Guy | Self Help Tips


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 Tips2017-12-14T02:27:29+00:00

Two Dogs Fighting


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 Fighting2017-12-21T18:56:45+00:00

Lucky Pants


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 Pants2017-12-21T19:55:58+00:00

Advice for Modern Parents


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 Parents2017-12-20T00:50:56+00:00

Finding My Voice


“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 Voice2017-12-30T23:40:23+00:00

If the Shoe Doesn’t Fit


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 Fit2017-12-20T22:21:12+00:00

It’s Plastic


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 Plastic2017-12-20T22:26:12+00:00

Are You a Happy Teacher?


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


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 Reiki2017-12-20T23:18:53+00:00

Reiki For High School Students


I had the privilege of teaching Reiki to high school students at a local high school in Edmonton from 1999 to 2007 in a holistic health pilot course called Complementary Health. Reiki is an ancient

Reiki For High School Students2018-09-08T22:32:05+00:00

Student Spirituality


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 Spirituality2017-12-21T18:05:01+00:00

What is Holistic Health?


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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