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The Holidays: A Time for Family Fun or Family 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 […]

Women in Transition: Dealing with the Holidays

Every major life event, whether joyful or sad, brings on a period of transition as we adjust to the “new normal.” Even though these periods of transition occur throughout our lives, each requires us to discover a new and unique path as we struggle to move through uncharted waters. The death of a loved one, […]

Dealing with Loss during the Holidays

Here we are in the holiday season being bombarded with messages of Be Jolly! Be Joyous! ┬áBe Happy! Get that Holiday Spirit! Yet, do you find yourself suddenly feeling sad or with a lump rising in your throat? Do you find the simplest song, phrase, or even a smell has you welling up with tears […]

Make the Present a Gift

As you go through the holidays partaking in traditions/rituals and obligations, do you ever stop to ask yourself what these mean to you? Why you do what you do? I am not referring to the religious significance but rather to the individual rituals we do as part of personalizing the holiday experience; sending cards, decorating […]