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Can We Free Ourselves From the Troubles of Childhood?

It's an interesting question. Can we ever really free ourselves from a troubled or difficult childhood? And if so, how do we overcome the pain? At the very least, how do we do better for our own children? The subject of breaking free from the negative lessons, lingering insecurities or painful memories of our upbringing is familiar to many of us. To some, this may be about moving beyond actual physical or emotional abuse. To others, it's about seeking out positive role models where there have been few or none in the immediate family. I raise the issue as … [Read More...]

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Wising Up: Where Does Wisdom Come From?

I wish I knew where wisdom comes from. Then, maybe I'd do a better job of wising up to all the challenges that still dog me... Or rather, wising up to addressing those everyday issues in smarter, more effective ways. You, too? … [Read More...]

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Thanks (and Some Rhyming). Always Good Timing?

A wee bit of rhyming From Thanksgivings past? Isn't our nonsense Sometimes made to last? Since holiday cooking Is rarely so fast... Some servings of shoes To spice up your repast? Why not enjoy This revisit of versing With high heels and food flair And surely no cursing! I trust you are basting And … [Read More...]

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Traditional Thanksgiving Menu… Alternatives?

"I don't really like turkey... that much," my son says. Great, I think. Now he tells me... How many years have I prepared the traditional Thanksgiving menu? And I'm guessing "that much" was his qualifier, to be polite. Not only do many of us have vegan friends … [Read More...]

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Fantasies of a Won-Back Heart

We are confident in the knowledge that we use our hearts well, we are sorrowful in the recognition that we use our hearts poorly. If we close our hearts when we must, surely it is only to heal from harm. In our darkness, we fantasize of romantic encounters, of familial bonds strengthened as children grow into their glory, of friends and … [Read More...]

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Do You Flash the Flesh Any Chance You Get?

Scanning any media source, and in particular watching television, the amount of bared flesh that passes for style is... how shall I phrase this delicately... surprising. My, my. Have I become an old fogie overnight? Am I suddenly anti-marvelous mini? No Go to a dress cut low? … [Read More...]

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Finding Beauty in Art That Soothes

When I'm tired or down, or simply in need of a mental vacation, I seek out sources of beauty. For me, this means turning to works of art. For some, nature fills this critical role, as brilliantly painted skies or magnificent mountain vistas work their magic. For others, music, whatever their taste … [Read More...]

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Paris je t’aime #parisjetaime

Shock. Grief. How do any of us process the horrific events that took place in Paris last evening? I join with all those who abhor and reject this unspeakable violence. As a friend wrote to me from Paris early this morning, responding to my email asking if he and his family were alright, "Nous sommes tous sonnés, mais … [Read More...]

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As Hectic Holidays Descend… Relax!

Are you starting to feel the stress of the holidays already? Are you a Type A -- challenged by taking it slowly under the best of circumstances? No time like the present to revisit reminders of what counts: enjoying our families, our friends, and our special moments just for ourselves. Please enjoy these thoughts and suggestions … [Read More...]

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Girl Talk

When the daughter of an old friend popped by for a visit, I couldn't have been more pleased. Now in her early twenties, her energy, enthusiasm, and spirited good nature were contagious. Girl talk ensued, as it did from time to time when she would say hello on trips home from college, or call … [Read More...]

Troubled Young Woman

Looking Askance at Looksism

The topic of "looksism" -- a term coined in recent years for bias based on looks -- is one raised in the media occasionally. Most of us understand that looksism is taken less seriously than racism, ageism, or any number of other prevalent types of discrimination we have yet to fully address as a society. After all (we tell ourselves), isn't it … [Read More...]

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Why We Love the People We Love

Loving our children? That's easy. We feel an instinctive bond and usually, an unconditional one. But why do we love the romantic partners who come into our lives -- some of whom are with us forever, and others for an interlude and its lessons? Does it help us to know the reasons for our decisions to pair up with the people we choose … [Read More...]

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Not (Exactly) a Midlife Crisis…

by Andrea Clement An old acquaintance from high school sent me a message on Facebook the other day. He was poking fun at some of my recent posts. “So, are you a biker chick now?” he asked, referring to photos I'd shared online from a trip to the beach with my Harley-Davidson. I'd attended an annual motorcycle rally … [Read More...]

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Ambivalence (in Love and Marriage)

Ambivalence. The word rolls around in your head with irritating insistence, and you ask yourself if ambivalence is an emotion or a set of feelings or a state of being -- one in which the battle of conflicting thoughts is so evenly matched as to leave you unable to pick a side, to take a decision, to settle into a yes or no, and then stay there. In place of that … [Read More...]

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Can We ‘Make Over’ Family Dynamics?

When family members have a falling out, is it possible to "make over" their problem dynamics? Sure, we know that siblings squabble and middle-aged parents may still treat adult kids like teens. Those same young adults -- in their twenties or older -- may continue to rebel against issues that linger from childhood. The result of … [Read More...]

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The Measure of a Man

Men and what we expect of them... (Must they really play the role of Superman?) Men and the way they define themselves... (Is it even possible to generalize?) Men and their insecurities... (Will they admit to them? Will women accept them?) Men and what they fear... (Are their fears so different from a woman's? Don't we all want … [Read More...]