What Are You Doing For the Holidays? Tips For Coping

Many people love this time of year. They happily answer questions about their holiday plans. They start with Halloween and keep the party going until New Year’s Day. Every season of the year brings out themed decorations, but nothing compares to Christmas. I know people who put up at least four Christmas trees in their…

Resilience – Bouncing Back

According to the American Psychological Association: “Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress – such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stressors. It means “bouncing back” from difficult experiences. …. In fact, the road to resilience…

Kanopy, The Great Courses, and Dog Training

  Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen. – Orhan Pamuk Kanopy My local library is very active, usually crowded, and offers many different ways to find materials, including apps. Yesterday, they added a new one, called, Kanopy, which offers movies, a dedicated “kids” selection, and some of “The Great…

A Family Visit and Wasted Time Worrying

I missed posting on my blog last week. I’m also guilty of not spending time reading blogs. That is because I spent a good amount of time preparing for a family visit. Excuses, excuses. You might have guessed that I wrestle with time management, which I might have mentioned in the past. If not, I’m…

Communication – A Good Conversation

This week a friend of mine came to me, upset that her husband had called her a “bad” person. Why? Because, they are from two different political parties, and they didn’t agree on the topic at hand. My reaction? What has happened to the idea that we can disagree without humiliating the other person, vilifying…

Gratitude Is Good For Us

When you spend your days looking for the good in them, you start to notice and appreciate the little things. As a benefit, you might start to change your perspective on life, your overall health, and your brain. In today’s “never enough” culture, it is easy to start feeling like an ordinary life is unfulfilling….

Feeling Naked Shame

Seventh and eighth grade gym class with Mrs. V (that’s what we called her) always ended with a mandatory group shower. That meant everyone saw everyone else naked. This is when hormones start doing their thing and bodies are changing – at least some of them were. Up to that point in my young life,…

The Importance of My Women Friendships

One of my closest girlfriends ghosted me about a year ago. The last time I saw her, she introduced me to her new “boyfriend” as her “best friend forever”. Since then, I haven’t seen or heard a word from her. We shared confidences, took road trips, met for lunch or coffee regularly, and we were…