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Helping Children Deal With The Loss Of A Pet

The loss of a pet, whether it be a fish, hamster, cat, or dog may be your child’s first experience with death. And it can be a significant loss. Children and pets are best friends. How many adorable photos are there online of babies cuddling with dogs? They just seem to go hand in hand. I [...]

By | November 10th, 2015|0 Comments

Dealing With The Death Of Man’s Best Friend

I was recently talking with a friend about how our dogs are getting old and how we can’t imagine the day when they are no longer part of our lives. For many pet owners, a cat is not “just a cat” or a dog is not “just a dog” they are family. They are trusted companions, [...]

By | November 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

Counting Orange Cars: Mindfulness Matters

Do you ever tire of others telling you to think about what you want, to focus on what you want to happen…the "I think I can" approach? My hairdresser is notorious for this. I am completely gray and have been since my earlier 30’s, it’s genetic…thanks dad. I always whine to him wondering why I shouldn’t [...]

By | October 27th, 2015|0 Comments

Going With The Flow: Lessons From A Hot Air Balloon

Last weekend, I traveled to Albuquerque for Balloon Fiesta, the largest hot air balloon festival in the world. Seeing hundreds of hot air balloons ascending was truly a spectacular sight. I was lucky enough to actually check an item off my bucket list, taking a hot air balloon ride within the festival. Since I hate heights [...]

By | October 13th, 2015|0 Comments

Create Your “To-Be” List

Do you have a “to do” list? I know that I do. I am so busy that if a task is not on my list, chances are that I will forget to do it. Yet, I do not have a “to be” list, a list of those traits and qualities that I would like to guide [...]

By | June 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

In Defense of The Player

Player: One who plays. Shouldn’t everyone be a player? There has been much written about the benefit of play for children but what about adults? Is there some unwritten rule that once we cross that threshold between child and adult we must be serious, mature, and responsible? Why is it that work, family, and other commitments [...]

By | June 9th, 2015|0 Comments

I’ve Become The Crazy Cat Lady Talking To Myself

Not really. And of course no offense to cat lovers, I’m a member of your club. Seriously though, I have written posts before about self-talk but I recently came across a different thought in the Psychology Today article The Voice Of Reason. This article sites research that shows that it is not just about using self-talk [...]

By | May 12th, 2015|0 Comments

The Bright Side Of Our Dark Side: (Part 6) Guilt

Welcome to the final part of my six part series where each week we will talk about the upside of what are generally referred to as negative emotions. These are emotions that are uncomfortable, that we attempt to deny and avoid at all costs. Yet as humans we cannot live in a state of constant bliss. [...]

By | April 28th, 2015|0 Comments