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How to Live Kid-Happy

How to Live Kid-Happy

“Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful.” – Kailash Satyarthi,  Children’s Rights Activist, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Around this time last year, the article was on the new world awaiting Seven Year Olds as their minds comprehend and hearts embrace more of the fullness of life. [Continue]

The Pros of Poetry

The Pros of Poetry

“There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it.” – Gustave Flaubert, French Novelist   Creativity can build bridges and unlock doors both in the world and in all of our hearts. Perhaps that’s why creative writing, especially in the form of poetry has been around since earliest times as [Continue]

Strapping it to my Bad Leg

Strapping it to my Bad Leg

“The whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.” – Dr. George Sheehan, Senior Athlete “You’re the only one who’s really been training for this thing, Keith, so you’re crossing the finish line—and I want no [Continue]

Safety is Universal (T.I.C. 1)

Safety is Universal (T.I.C. 1)

“After all, when a stone is dropped into a pond, the water continues quivering even after the stone has sunk to the bottom.” – Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha We keep hearing more about trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, and speaking as a trauma counselor, that’s a great thing. Recovery from school shootings, natural [Continue]

The Six Word Winter 2016

The Six Word Winter 2016

“Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward.” – Maxwell Maltz, Surgeon & Author The seasons change and the six word story challenge returns. We can feel it; the weather is warming and with the excitement it brings also comes a quickening of the schedule, a filling of [Continue]

Defiantly Forty

Defiantly Forty

*You can’t beat custom 40th Birthday Fallout Level Up art from Chuck Regan. Love this guy. _________________________________________________________________ “Life really does begin at forty. Up until then you are just doing research.” – Carl G. Jung, Individualist At seventeen years old I was a long haired, semi-rebellious but good hearted guy who hung out with “the bad [Continue]

Power, Quoted

Power, Quoted

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius, Smart Guy   Quotes are powerful. In journalism a quote can redefine an article’s focus for the writer or crystalize it for the reader. In counseling we can spend entire sessions searching the net in an ever-deepening pattern of self-revelation or a [Continue]

Give the Best Gift Ever: A Marathon

Give the Best Gift Ever: A Marathon

“My boyfriend at the time was studying archaeology and I saved and saved and studied to get him a very nice field compass…even though we are not together anymore and even though he’s not an archaeologist anymore, he’s a chef with a damn fine field compass!” – Respondent to the “Best Gift Given” Holiday Gift [Continue]

Good Men Unchained

Good Men Unchained

“You make me want to be a better man.” – Melvin Udall, As Good as it Gets   From Al Bundy to Homer Simpson to Peter Griffin, it’s easy to see that the modern view of what it means to be a man and a father has shifted in the media from the days of [Continue]

The Birth of Christmas: Talking Santa

The Birth of Christmas: Talking Santa

“Reality will eventually out but there’s so much reality in this life that one of the delights of childhood, and of being a parent, is to spread a little fairy dust occasionally.” – Emily “Dear Prudie” Yoffe, on when to tell kids about Santa   “No, seriously,” my seven year old daughter insisted from the [Continue]

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