Talking to a child in your life about your military service

There we were, coming into the black-sanded beach of Iwo Jima. Bullets whiz by and explosions go off all around us. Were you scared, Grandpa? Of course I was scared. Before we got into our boat, the Captain said that there might not be any ice cream left if we didn’t hurry back. My Grandpa […]

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Using your teenager’s favorite gadget – their phone – to help with their eating

March is National Nutrition Month – a great time to check in with yourself and your family about the importance of healthy eating habits. My teenage daughter, who is a competitive softball player and exercise fanatic, is in great shape; so when she came to me complaining about her “love handles,” I laughed at first. […]

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Yes, you can! Tips to Build Resilience and Emotional Flexibility

How resilient are you? Are you able to roll with the punches life tends to throw at us? Resiliency is an important skill that allows us to be flexible when life knocks us down; it allows us to come back stronger. Resilient people still experience adversity but do not let it define them. They often […]

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Taking a look at friendships: What happens when someone is more of a hindrance than a help?

As adults, we’ve learned that we grow and change from our experiences and stages of our life: high school, college, moving, marriage, babies, divorce, jobs, death of a loved one, etc. With each stage, we change a little and grow a lot. So what happens when those closest to us don’t change at the same […]

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There’s an App for That

Whether your goal is to keep track of your mood, begin a meditation practice, lose weight,  get more exercise or monitor a health condition such as diabetes, mobile health apps can be a useful tool in managing your own health. Why download a health app? There are many advantages of having these apps at our […]

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What is Your Vision?

Many of us set New Year’s resolutions at the start of the year. Goals such as “be more patient,” “run a 5k,” “cook more at home” are often etched into our minds (and maybe journals) as the year starts. So what? Don’t get me wrong, I love goal setting – even setting small goals is […]

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A New Year, a New Resolution (or lack thereof)

Have you chosen to set New Year’s resolutions? If you are at all like me, you may have a long history of New Year’s resolutions that never materialized. I have a stack of diaries in my basement, reflecting the hope that I would keep a diary. They all have a couple of days where I […]

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Step away from the smartphone: Four tips to unplug to feel happier and calmer

As I write, I’m sitting in front of a computer with two email accounts open, three social media tabs open, headphones in, listening to music and – of course – my smartphone readily available next to me. Sound familiar? While it may seem beneficial to always be available, being at everyone’s beck and call or […]

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Keep on Top of Your Emotions During the Holidays

It’s December and that means shorter days and longer nights filled with holiday parties and other engagements. Everything seems so exciting! But what about grief? Sometimes during the holidays, we’re stuck in grief due to recent loses, previous traumas, anniversaries, birthdays and realization that our lives right now might not be how we want them […]

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Managing Holiday Stress, Focus on Gratitude

Throughout the holiday season, gratitude often surfaces as a topic of conversation. But how can it help improve our lives? And if we don’t currently have a practice of gratitude, how do we start? An overwhelming amount of people (42%, according to the American Psychology Association) say they aren’t doing enough to manage their stress. […]

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