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Everything Is Borrowed, Including Our Time Here

This proverb landed in my inbox like a profound gift today.   It put lots of things into perspective.  As I thought about what meaning I could take from a friend who’s in critical condition, I realized that we have no guarantees, that it’s our job every single day to be clear about what’s important, to […]

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Just Like Me

An Unhappy Ending Like so many others, I was deeply saddened by the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. I’d been an admirer for much of my adult life, watching in amazement as he disappeared into each role, completely embodying his characters and making it look effortless, which it surely was not. His death was a […]

Stress pride is a huge problem

Stress Pride: Stop the Insanity

Note: This is the third in a series of articles on stress and stress management.  Go here for an overview of the stress response and here for the benefits and guide to deep breathing.  When it comes to being stressed and proud of it, our culture is sick.  It’s very, very sick. The other day, […]

Are YOU the Bad Apple?

‘Bad Apple’ Situations: How to Prevent Yourself and Others from Spoiling

One Bad Apple Spoils the Whole Bunch. There’s a reason that this saying has survived for so long. It’s true – for apples and for people. Research shows that negativity is infectious and leads to rotting of moods, well-being, physical health, and relationships. A 2010 New York Times article found that one Bad Apple in […]

Coping with Cancer

Coping with Cancer: How Simple Words Can Be a Powerful Support

When It Rains, It Pours Last week, we found out my mom has breast cancer.  She’s having surgery tomorrow.  One minute, she was fine, and the next, she’s facing The Big C. My sister-in-law Angie was diagnosed with stomach cancer on February 22nd and died April 19th.  2013 has been one unlucky year when it […]