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March 5, 2018
What Is Hell?

As many of my readers know, I struggle far too often with suicidal ideation. Yesterday, this was the primary topic at my therapy session. She asked me a variety of questions but the one I want to “talk” to you about is this: What stops me? I have all the tools, I know how, I’m […]

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February 5, 2018
The Timeout Chair

My husband and I got caught in the Atlanta airport power outage debacle. We sat on an airplane for four hours before they kicked us off. Then we spent two more hours in the airport trying to find a hotel and a plan for getting back home. Oh, and to make it even more fun, […]

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January 29, 2018
Hopeful New Year: A New Way to Define Happy

I was in a group recently and a woman talked about wanting to be happy. The group leader handed her a set of Mixed Emotions cards (see below for a link). She asked her to select ten. In order to explain this better, I’m going to do the same activity. Step One: I’ve gathered my […]

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December 4, 2017
Battling the Enemy Within

No aspect of me is actually an enemy.  I need every single element of my personality.  BUT, let’s be honest, sometimes parts of who we are feel like the enemy, wound like the enemy.  Even though all parts of me are actually trying to help me thrive and survive, some aspects are more misguided than […]

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October 23, 2017
Going To the Dogs?

Do me a favor – take a few deep breaths, get as calm as you possibly can.  Get a sense of how hard your heart is beating and any other body sensations you can identify.  Got it?  Now I want you to think about a time you’ve been extremely angry or frightened. Remember the circumstances, […]

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October 16, 2017
I Can Eat the Whole Pie

Are you expecting a blog about food?  Sorry to disappoint you but I do think this is an important topic – owning the entire complement (pie) of our emotions.  Let’s get started … Imagine the last time you felt a strong (negative) emotion.  Maybe you were angry with your partner or your kids or your […]

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September 11, 2017
If You Can't Say Something Nice ...

We all know how that phrase ends …. If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all (my father said it better … If you can’t say something nice, then keep your damn mouth shut.) What the phrase doesn’t say is that if we can’t say something nice then lie!  Re-read that […]

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July 17, 2017
Mollified with Music

Shoutee/Shouter Have you noticed that when you are shouting at someone, they stop listening?  They close down?  If you have children, you can actually see their eyes glaze over.  Now take a second and think about your reaction when someone yells at you.  Do you really get anything out of the interaction other than increased […]

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July 3, 2017
The Misery of Others

As you may know, I’m working on my first novel.  I’m taking all the writing classes I can.  Currently, I’m taking a “Master the Scene” class.  I want to share a sentence: “Readers live for schadenfreude – the delight in the misery of others.” Is that true?  Please don’t just jump to “no, of course […]

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June 12, 2017
Negative Nelly Gets to Talk

Does your brain ever send you negative messages?  I’m not talking about the Inner Critic.  The Inner Critic likes to beat you up for being you.  The Negative Brain just likes to whine about what is.  For example, the Negative Brain may say, “This day sucks.”  The Inner Critic says “this day sucks because you […]

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