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We can’t allow ourselves to despair

It’s been a difficult month for those of us who tend to feel hopeful and positive about the future. Throughout the latter part of the year distressing events seemed to multiply and pile up in my psyche like nightmares finding

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Robbed, but not a victim

Ladies, watch your purses! Mine was stolen when I casually placed it on the chair next to me while having lunch at a local Corner Bakery. It happened in a flash. No one noticed until it was too late. In

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Conscious Listening

Are you done? It’s my turn to talk. All too often that is the ‘conversation’ that takes place when even the most committed of couples have a conflict that puts them at odds with each other. Lacking an open mind

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We are more alike than we are different

After almost three decades of listening to clients from all levels of society talking about the muddle that life can be, it is clear to me that tolerance – accepting the views of others – is the human asset that

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Letting go of outcome

Did you ever have a bothersome notion that you couldn’t shake, an unusually focused presumption about something that was so persistent it played in the mind constantly and even got in the way of going about the day as we

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What do you need it for?

Leaving the house earlier in the week I found myself oddly nervous and delightfully excited as I trotted off to my first day at school. Yes, back to school after all these years. Will I be using my new found

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There are many types of intelligence

This is the month when another class of graduates leaves the cloisters and ventures into the world at large. The diploma awarded, however, does not mark the end of one’s education. The walk across the stage is only a rest

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Happy ‘Good Enough’ Mother’s Day

From the very start, a mom’s love holds us up and never lets go. Hallmark Card – $3.99 One hundred and forty-one million of us will send our mothers flowery, emotion-filled Mother’s Day cards this month without thinking about how

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Life happens for us, not to us

“If I could have one moment free from stress I would know true happiness.” It is unsettling to note how often I have heard that lament over the years. Increasingly it appears as if we are fated to cope with

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Don’t worry, be happy

The realization that a goodly portion of the fears and tensions that bedevil us are self-induced is not a new psychological insight. This delicious, tongue-in-cheek nugget attributed to Mark Twain was penned more than a hundred years ago, “I have

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