4 Ways to Discover And Nurture Your True Self

“If you can’t remember when you last basked in your own glow, it means you’re overdue.” ― Gina Greenlee, Postcards and Pearls: Life Lessons from Solo Moments on the Road We are bombarded daily with strident messages telling us what to think, what to believe, what to be. In the midst of the frenetic media … More 4 Ways to Discover And Nurture Your True Self

6 Ways to Survive the Dog Days of Summer

August has arrived and brought extreme heat to the Pacific Northwest. We are not accustomed to triple digit temperatures in this region of the country. There is evidence that extreme temperatures can affect mood, and high heat can increase aggression. According to research, intergroup conflicts increase by 14% while interpersonal violence increases 4% during peak … More 6 Ways to Survive the Dog Days of Summer

Reducing Anxiety in Children

In this technological age of instant news and social media at our fingertips, children are bombarded daily with news of school shootings, bombings, war, nuclear threats, genocide, and political extremism. At school and in their neighborhoods children experience peer pressure, bullying, and social isolation. As a result there is a continued increase in the diagnosis … More Reducing Anxiety in Children

Celebrating Mothers with a Big “M” and a Little “m”

Mother’s Day honors the mothers who cared for us and nurtured us as we grew. Many celebrate with the mother they call Mom. This is the big “M” mom. The one who kissed wounds and gave hugs; the one who dried our tears and encouraged us. But today we also celebrate the little “m” moms. … More Celebrating Mothers with a Big “M” and a Little “m”

Simplification

An active 76-year old man recently shared about his experience in selling the home that he and his wife had lived in for many years. He shared about giving things away to family members and to local nonprofits. And also his dismay in the number of items that were sent to recycling or to the … More Simplification

6 Tips for a Less Stressed Holiday Season

November is upon us. Holiday decor has filled our local shops even before Halloween costumes hung on the racks. With the advent of November, the holiday season begins in earnest. The stretch between November 1 and January 1 tends to be the busiest and most stressful time of the year. Shopping, company parties, family get-togethers, … More 6 Tips for a Less Stressed Holiday Season

Life is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Galen Rupp won the Chicago Marathon on October 8, 2017. Rupp is an accomplished athlete having competed for the University of Oregon and the United States Olympic Track and Field teams.     I am not a runner, however, I am fascinated by the minds and lives of people who run. So many of the … More Life is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

7 Tips for Talking to Children About Mass Shootings

With great sadness I read of another mass shooting. 58 people have been confirmed dead and hundreds more were injured in the Las Vegas shooting on Sunday, October 1, 2017. As adults, it’s difficult to understand the hows and the whys of these events. For children, it’s even more difficult. Young children, under the age … More 7 Tips for Talking to Children About Mass Shootings