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The Holidays: A Time for Family Fun or Friction?

The holidays offers us a time to be together with family members; a pause in our busy lives to celebrate tradition, share memories and to reconnect. At least that is what we all hope for. Unfortunately for many families, the reality of the holidays does not measure up to our idealized expectations. For many, the […]

The Legacy of Robin Williams: On Confronting Addiction

Like all of us, I was shocked when I heard the news of Robin Williams’ suicide. Mork and Mindy was “must see TV” back in 1978 and nanu-nanu quickly became a part of our lexicon. For days after his passing was announced, people everywhere shook their head and reminisced about their favorite Robin Williams’ character. […]

Lessons from my Garden: Denial

Frequently, I hear gardeners refer to their passion for growing things as “therapy”. In considering this definition of gardening, I assumed they mean that playing in the dirt with plants was relaxing-like a massage, or rewarding-like a jelly donut. A few years back, my gardening attempts resulted my own therapeutic moment – after two years, […]

Breaking Bad…Habits: If your Resolutions are slipping away.

Research shows that most people have given up on their New Year’s Resolutions by the third week of January. Here are a couple of tips that might help you beat the odds and reach your goal. Refocus-When the urge/craving comes on for that chocolate éclair, glass of wine, or fabulous new boots, refocusing your thoughts […]