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5 Ways to Deal With Holiday Grief

Hanukkah starts at sundown, Tuesday, December 16, and while I am not the most observant of Jews, I have been fortunate to have shared the holiday with my Aunt for most of my adult life. But, sadly my …

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How to Start Having Mindful Relationships

Accepting Emotional Responsibility A lot of folks out there are just plain uncomfortable with the emotional responsibility of relationships, and it stumps me. I think of responsibilities in my …

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A Yellow Dress for Mother’s Day

Raye Adkins shares a new Mother's Day tradition. I wore my yellow dress in celebration of Mother’s Day. It was not my regular Mother’s Day. It was unlike the times I had cherished for the past fort…

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Laughter is My Life Jacket

I was recently offered the writing prompt, "I smile when I...?" and (perhaps ironically) just reading it made me smile. Only moments before, I'd been deeply committed to the grumpiest of grumpy …

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Getting Good At Goodbye

I used to think I sucked at goodbyes because I wept and carried on like a child. Then, I remembered that when I was a little girl, I used to pick fights with my friends before we moved away so I would…

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Four Steps to Healing an Overwhelming Experience

The tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School instilled in most of us a deep sense of pain, anger, and helplessness, which are the typical symptoms associated with trauma. Whether directly involve…

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6 Things Not To Say After The Sandy Hook Tragedy

We are all grieving after the shootings in Connecticut, and when we’re grieving, the last things we need are platitudes, blame, or fearful communication. So please, when someone expresses despair over…

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Are We All Powerless? Dealing with Tragedy

What is so upsetting about some 20 children being brutally and senselessly murdered in their classroom in Newtown, CT last week? Why is this shocking? After similar, albeit lesser, massacres that have…

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When a Parent’s Worst Nightmare Becomes News

I really despise being the bearer of bad news. There is no joy in shattering someone’s momentary innocence and reminding them of the random cruelty in the world, so I will just say something really ho…

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True Story of Leaving

“If you tell a true story, you can’t be wrong.”   --Jack Kerouac I would bet that for every couple that falls in love each day there are at least two couples who leave each other in deep and hurtf…

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