Elderly woman hugging young boy.

Isolation is the most disabling experience

When I was in my early 20s, I broke my ankle which required surgery. For the next six weeks I was housebound because I was unable to drive. If it hadn’t been for family and friends who carted me around during this time, I would have experienced isolation from the world. From young to old, […]

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Passed out man from drinking too much alcohol.

How to get out of hangover hell

Hangovers from Spring Break and weekend parties are right around the corner. You deserve a vacation from work. Yet, overindulgence can affect your work performance if you do not have an effective plan to recover quickly. Before you experiment with “hangover cures,” I invite you to assess your drinking habits to learn if you are […]

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This is a bowl of Chili Colorado, made with hot chili peppers.

Go slow with chili peppers and conflict

Professional and personal relationships can be challenging, especially if there’s a conflict. Somedays, they are like chili peppers. In looking at the pepper, you believe it won’t be that bad and you can handle it, but once you bite into it, you’re committed. Even if you spit out the bite as soon as you perceive […]

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Mediating the Amazon

High profile divorces can provide fodder for the gossip rags such as the National Enquirer for years. That’s if divorcing couples choose the traditional route of hiring attorneys to divvy up the assets a couple built together and it goes to trial instead of mediation. Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos might consider thinking outside of the […]

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Picture of Elvis and Prince with a poem of the cost of addiction.

What do you remember Elvis for?

Were you alive the day the king died? In an instance, Elvis Presley’s life (b. Jan. 8, 1935-Aug. 16, 1977) became a flash of remorse of how he could have been a dignified man in his later years. He could have been except for the sordid illness of addiction stealing him from himself and from […]

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What dreams will you manifest in 2019?

Endings and beginnings offer opportunities. As you close the books on 2018 and begin your journey into 2019, what vision are you walking towards? Below is a story of the history of dream catchers, as shared from the Akta Lakota Museum Cultural Center. What dreams do you need to listen and pursue more diligently and […]

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God’s foolishness in waiting for you

I attended Christmas Eve Mass with my neighbor, Wendy. As we chatted on the car ride, my phone rang. Despite the Scam label, I answered and heard a smooth voice from the St. Mary’s Prayer Center asking me if I was in urgent need of prayer. Although I was, I clicked the phone off knowing […]

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Received damaged and healed by love

Those look like God’s initials on the sticker. Or at least a nudge from the United States Postal Service to remind me of how God receives me when I approach Him. It’s hard to tell whose initials, though, because of the size of the script. Yet, it’s a reminder of how God communicates to us […]

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What do you do to care for yourself?

I won’t ask you about your “triggers” or how you’re coping or what coping skills you’re using. I won’t ask you because I’ve heard feedback from people who have participated in treatment programs  how unhelpful those phrases are. The first time I heard this feedback it stirred up curiosity as it is fundamental to training […]

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