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Alcohol-When Your Best Friend goes Bad

You probably first met her when you were in high school or, maybe even earlier. Chances are she did not make a very good first impression. Anyway, her reputation may have preceded your meeting. Just not my taste, you might have thought. But your friends urged you to give her a chance (C’mon, everyone hangs […]

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 […]

In the Season of Excess: Will you Splurge or Binge?

Today while running some errands, I saw mountainous displays of bags of candy so enormous that I would need assistance just getting them to the car! Aisles and aisles of transparent sacks filled with tempting giant size candy bars! Where are those little bit size morsels we used to consider a treat? Now there were […]

Conflicted Grief: Loss and Guilt during the Holidays

Grief, while difficult to deal with at any time, is often magnified at moments of celebration. Holidays are times not only of celebration, rituals and traditions; they are also times of sharing memories and with those memories we all face loss and sadness. This is one of the reasons so many people have difficulty at […]