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Martians Among Us

Martians Among Us

“Keeping people alive on Mars is a lot harder problem than most people realize.” – Sydney Do, MIT Aerospace Engineer The exercise is usually in sociology or ethics class and begins with the teacher declaring “The world is ending. You need to choose the people who will rebuild society,” and ending in a passionate discussion [Continue]

We All Bake The Cake

We All Bake The Cake

“Recovery: a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life and strive to reach their full potential.” – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 2012   We know that building a living wellness and overcoming our barriers (occasionally with a self-administered butt kick) is a [Continue]

Like Ninja with Cookies

Like Ninja with Cookies

“Do a good turn daily…a reminder of the many ways girls can contribute positively to the lives of others.” – The Girl Scout Slogan, 1912 They’re dressed in green vests or blue tunics, big smiles, and this time of year—if you’re like the old me—we run from the button-cute sight of them. Girl Scouts (cue [Continue]

Being Free, Becoming Balanced

Being Free, Becoming Balanced

“They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.” – Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha This weekend is one of my favorites; Family Rest Weekend. Once a month we write “family rest” on the calendar and that focus [Continue]

A Happy 2015 on Purpose

A Happy 2015 on Purpose

“My life has no purpose…and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?” – Snoopy, Cartoon Dog The transition from impulsivity to purposeful action is part of my daily journey with health-seeking teens, and a big part of my personal journey of wellness. Why? Because there’s happiness in a purposeful [Continue]

Rockin’ the World: The Global Holiday Marathon

Rockin’ the World: The Global Holiday Marathon

“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.” -Shirly Temple, Halliwell’s Filmgoer’s Companion “Daddy, is there really a Santa Claus?” My daughter—feet fidgeting in her Christmas PJs, eyes wide, gazed up at me with a mix of [Continue]

Gratitude Sucks*

Gratitude Sucks*

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.“ – Oprah Winfrey, Daytime talk show host We’re all, again, soon to face the round-robin “What’re you grateful for?” death march around the Thanksgiving table. Aside from the family groans [Continue]

Dissing the Dysfunctional Family

Dissing the Dysfunctional Family

“The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family.“ – Lee Iacocca, Engineer & CEO There’s no such thing as a dysfunctional family. Every family functions; the question is how healthily they function. I believe that we don’t want to ever de-value the complex, rich family [Continue]

Horrible Life Lessons Two: Titans of TV

Horrible Life Lessons Two: Titans of TV

“We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.” -Stephen King, Spooky Dude   After a lifelong fight for survival from birth in misfit shows like The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits horror television has finally achieved the network attention it deserves. At present it seems every TV network has some show [Continue]

Horrible Life Lessons One: Heroes of Film

Horrible Life Lessons One: Heroes of Film

The air is crisping, the leaves are brightening, and the air of every grocery store, sundry-mart or drugstore has been sweetened by piles of Halloween candies. It is harvest time, and the lessons of Horror are ripe and ready to be plucked by the unwary. This month we take a look at the life lessons [Continue]

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