Parenting Yourself

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Almost everyone I know complains about their parents – clients, friends and relatives alike. Our parents never got it right, did they? They always screwed up in tons of creative, hurtful ways. But what can we do about it? We can learn to parent ourselves….

My mom died, how’s your day going?

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This song – and the accompanying video – is so beautiful. Sufjan Stevens (a favorite of mine) writes/sings his feelings about his mother’s life and death. Here’s a great summary of his album, “Carrie & Lowell”: “The singer-songwriter stripped his sound down to its bare…

The Amazing Lena Dunham talks about Marriage

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I think Lena Dunham is amazing. In this article (found in the New Yorker (at http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-bride-in-her-head), Ms. Dunham talks about the future of marriage for straight people like herself, now that the excuse of waiting for LGBT folks to be able to marry is no longer…

How to Get Along with Difficult People

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No matter how wonderful your life is, its impossible to avoid difficult people. These unpleasant folks may be your neighbors, coworkers, family, clients, boss or even your partner. Regardless of who they are, how are you going to get along with them? You can’t just…

Time for a Retreat?

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When times get tough, what’s one of the best things you can do for yourself? Perhaps it’s time for a retreat. You may protest, saying you don’t have the time or money, but check out these three different types of retreats: The at-home retreat: This…

What is Healthy Stress?

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You hear a lot of talk about stress: “I’m so stressed out” or “My job is so stressful”, but how what exactly is stress? I’ve read a lot of definitions; most of them focus on the worry and anxiety that come with stress. But what…

Have your Best Summer Ever. Here’s How:

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Summers are supposed to be happy, right? Carefree, easy, laid-back…and, yet, so often, they’re not. This column is about how to make this summer one of your best ever. Let’s start with:   Lower your expectations…of everyone. For example: don’t think you have to lose…