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Hope

Today I Love The Quiet Joy

I used to be cuter ...Today I love the quiet joy all around, like that found in happy relationships. I love seeing people who have found their hearts desire and are comfortable in the company of that desired person, happily anticipating reunion and savoring the company when the reunion...


General

Have you ever experienced a traumatic situation?Do you feel you have overcome the negative effects of the trauma?Trauma is a powerful word.  Many clients who see me almost stagger when I mention I believe they have experienced trauma. When clients hear me label some of their most disturbing and unhealthy experiences as trauma they look puzzled.Interestingly, most...


Adolescence

Why Happy Countries Have Sad Kids

Two studies by United Nations organizations found a paradox. A number of the countries that led the world in signs of happiness—quality of life, education and healthcare—also led in the number of their young people who suffered from depression and anxiety.When the UN released its annual World Happiness Report, the usual suspects were again...


- Mental Health Humor By Chato Stewart

Death Of A New Year

I guarantee you know an old Scottish poem written in 1788 by Robert Burns. You might attempt to sing it every new year's eve at the stroke of midnight.  I say "attempt" since few know...


Aging

People with Mental Illness, Targets for Fraud

I work from home, and even though we’re on the Do Not Call list, the phone rings all day. Robo-calls fish for people gullible or uninformed, and those with impaired judgment such as some with serious mental illness or cognitive decline are especially at risk.


ADHD

An Ounce Of Prevention

Prevent this!!!That's a wonderful old saying, isn't it?And yes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  The problem is that there is no cure for ADHD.And while what happened to me last night could have been prevented in several ways, it also could have happened to anyone.So why...


Hope

Today I Love Nature’s Art

Preparing for MonarchsToday I love nature's art and that it shows up when and where it pleases. I love the wonder of flowers growing in pavement cracks, frosted windows that look like forest ferns, milkweed pods in winter, tree branches with snow highlights, the beautiful sun when it is...


Animal Mentors

The Mini Dinosaur in My Living Room

There he is - my real, live mini-dinosaur and the book Dr. Brusatte wrote about him - right in my living room!I just finished reading the most fabulous book. The guy who wrote it is way younger than me and vastly more distinguished.And this is a very good thing, given what his...


Hope

Today I Love Morning Sun Through Cedars

Good morning, Mr. SunToday I love morning sun through cedars on a winter's day when the air smells like winter might be pondering the softening of its grasp on the northern half of the world. I love the sounds of jays and crows calling through the pines and cedars as...


Commitment

Guerilla Generosity

Linda: Good will, which is literally the desire for good to come to oneself and/or others, is a vital aspect of the foundation of any relationship. Without a spirit of good will, couples...


Not Always So Well-butrin

“Dr. N, I am not saying we should spike the football but I believe we are making progress!” I enthusiastically write.Dr. N, who is equal parts friend and mentor, has been prescribing...