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U.P.C.L.O.S.E. – 7 Rules of Engagement

In many ways, social media has provided us with ways to connect to those across the world.  Yet, many struggle to relate in healthy ways to those who are “up close.”  Rather than feel connected, they report feeling more alone and isolated.  How can this be? Have we lost the ability to engage one-on-one?  Are… Continue reading U.P.C.L.O.S.E. – 7 Rules of Engagement

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Jesus and Seroquel: Where Faith and Life Intersect

Deirdre sat there, speaking rapidly and at times, seeming to forget to breathe.  We were meeting to conduct an intake screening to see if she was eligible for services at the clinic where I worked.  Doing what I could to keep the setting calm, I asked questions geared to help us get to the reason… Continue reading Jesus and Seroquel: Where Faith and Life Intersect

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How to Have a Healthy Relationship

Relationships!  They can be tricky. There is the business of maintaining a sense of self and sharing space and time with another.  It doesn't matter if the relationship is with a friend, co-worker, or intimate partner; making sure things stay healthy takes work.  Below are seven tips on how to have healthy connections with friends and… Continue reading How to Have a Healthy Relationship

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Country Home Remedies

I can still see it.  Actually, I’d hear it before I ever caught sight of it.  I’d hear Otto screaming, “NO!  No Mary!!  NO!”, just in time to look out the window and see Mary chasing her step-son Otto.  It was like a choreographed dance.  Otto would zig, and Mary would zag.  Otto’s short stumpy… Continue reading Country Home Remedies

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I Am Her

I am her I am her I am her I am the middle-aged woman who knows a thing or two, but is still a student; learning and growing I am at an age where self-definition means: being willing to redefine myself over, and over, again I’m repurposing purpose, and reshaping my shape; while figuring out… Continue reading I Am Her

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Why Does the Caged Bird Sing?

Why does the caged bird sing? Is she happy? Excited, although hers is a false security Is her song one of strength? Or, does she hum a tune that is truly blue? What may sound like singing May only be a song of resignation We think she is flapping her wings in exhilaration But maybe… Continue reading Why Does the Caged Bird Sing?

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Did Social Networking Ruin Our Relationships?

Close to 30 years ago my African American History professor (whose name escapes me) predicted the detriment the Walkman™ would have on relationships. He wondered why people found it necessary to plug their ears when in public.  He questioned if people did this to avoid talking and used the Walkman™ as an excuse to disconnect… Continue reading Did Social Networking Ruin Our Relationships?