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Mentoring Book Reviews

Making Nice With E-Books

My paper-loving parrot, Pearl, in the process of "customizing" a copy of my (his) latest book, "Love & Feathers."

I spend all day long typing away on my laptop. It is a nice shiny new MacBook Pro and I love it, but after several hours spent together, enough is enough.

As a lifelong reader turned writer (of books and various other nonfiction-related things), the last thing I want to do when my work day...
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Emotions

Rain PTSD (and other hurricane related things)

What my childhood home (my parents' current home) looks like at the moment, after hurricane Harvey's visit this past August.

It's been approximately two and a half months since hurricane Harvey hit my home city of Houston, TX (along with lots of other cities that were on its ad hoc southern tour schedule).

Yet still, every time the sky opens up and doesn't stop right away - like, immediately, NOW - I am on the...
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Movie Mentoring

When Things We Call Entertainment Start to Get Real

Billed as "top flight entertainment," I soon discovered this film was much too real to permit me a moment's escape from reality. -Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Like most people I know, I love to watch movies.

I also have many friends who, just like me, adore reading.

My subject matter interests are varied, to say the least. From raising goats in your backyard to black holes colliding to the birth of mixed...
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Animal Mentors

Saying No With Confidence

My parrot, Pearl, picks up the green thing and drops it into the clear "no" in any language!

"No" is not my favorite word. This includes when I am hearing "no" and also when I am saying "no."

Sometimes this results in me saying "yes" when I should be saying "no."

It's such a small word - only one syllable and two letters - and yet apparently size doesn't matter when it comes to the...
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Animal Mentors

How to Make Friends With the Unknown

Malti, mere moments after I discovered her hiding under a flowering bush just TWO BLOCKS from our casa! She didn't go far, but boy did she have an adventure into the "great unknown!"

To be honest, I can't believe I'm writing a post with this particular title.

This is because I've never been friends with the unknown.

To me, the unknown has always been like that so-called "good friend" who never wants to actually get...
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Anxiety

How to Play Therapeutic Jenga

You may have heard of the popular game “Jenga.” Jenga is the classic block-stacking game made by Hasbro, where each person in a group takes a turn removing a single block from a tower and then balancing it on top of the tower until...
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Poetry

Tell It To Me- In A Poem

Opening up my page for your poems.

I am very thankful for our friends at Psych Central for allowing me to have this blog. I appreciate the trust they have given me, that they believe I can live up to the high standards of their fine institution. As one who believes in sharing the wealth I am opening up this blog to you the reader. Just tell me your story in a poem.

What Am I Looking For?


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Animal Mentors

What Animals Have Taught Me About My Childhood

Pearl, my parrot, investigates Dr. Verdolin's new book, "Raised by Animals."

I learn a lot from animals every single day - this mostly on account of how I live with three of them, a parrot, a turtle and a tortoise and am auntie to a fourth, a dachshund puppy.

For instance, animals have helped me better understand my instincts and habits and where they might have originated from, especially the ancient fight-or-flight...
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Relationships

Seeing Me With Kinder Eyes

That bright burst of sunlight right near the top of this picture is what I looked like when I viewed myself through my mentor's kinder eyes.

Most of the time when I'm going about my days I forget all about how old I am.

But then sometimes, it hits 'm 46 years old.

Like, how did that happen? And so quickly, too!

Never mind that I always assumed by the time I reached this ripe old age...
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Hope

Today I Love Curling

October morn

Today I love curling, which is a fortunate coincidence because today happens to be our first night of curling for the season for the Friday Night Mixed Curling League. I love that yesterday's post must have struck a chord with the sun because it is back again and shining in my window in almost the self same manner as yesterday. I love that I am hurrying to write...
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Relationships

Misplaced Creativity (and how to send it back where it belongs)

My creative kitchen, full of wonderful inventive items I love dearly.

It would seem I can't resist developing a relationship with everything in my life.

From the coffeemaker (most wonderful BFF EVER!) to the dustpan and broom to the small cute stuffed sheep that sits on my bedside table, these aren't just "things" in my life.

They are mirrors. They are parts of I am a part of each of them.

Part of why I feel so...
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