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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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"Tis the season to be jolly" or is it? The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time of year, filled with hope for the future and optimism for humanity. With movies like "Miracle on 34th St," "White Christmas," and "A Christmas Story" beaming holiday cheer into our houses and memories of childhood dreams during this time of year, many people aren't happy and feel more like Charlie Brown's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (without the optimism) or George Bailey from "It's A Wonderful Life" (without the happy ending). Holiday Depression, better known as "the holiday blues," is real and it affects... Read More

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On the 26th of October, a Thursday night, I stood before the television - which was on mostly for company "trying out my first ever Halloween costume. Due to this fact I was, at that moment, very conscious of what stage of the year we were in. Halloween. Late. The year firmly on the w a n e. I was a little lost in contemplation of this fact. The usual combo of retrospection and introspection ensued. It was nothing too serious though, just a general acknowledgement of passing time that seems to pick up pace, commensurate with age, like a freight train clamoring through your life, gathering... Read More

Growing up as a child on the east coast there was a commercial that ran. It showed a lone Native American looking out over a land spoiled with pollution. It showed images of overflowing landfills, toxic wastes spilling into rivers, fish dying. As the commercial ended, the camera panned to show his face. A lone tear slowly made its way down his face. As a young child, fresh with the knowledge that I was part Native American, I was perplexed as to the pain on his face. I asked myself, why was he crying? This morning was a great morning. The first day of my Thanksgiving Holiday vacation.... Read More

Life is hard. Bad things happen. People get hurt. Everyone has pain. The difference between one person's mental health and another is the way one deals with this pain. Some people pretend they don't have pain and some hold on to it like a badge of honor. And then there are other people who are aware of their pains, are open about them and strive to release them. The ability to release pain is impossible when someone can't see past themselves, where the ego rules all. Under this ruler the ability to release is not found. Release comes from accepting there is a big picture, this is faith. People... Read More

A woman once proudly told me that she had overcome her assertiveness issues in group therapy. She spent five years in a group with a member who savaged her, put her down and berated her incessantly, until she learned to stand up and defend herself. It seemed inconceivable to me at the time that someone would need therapy for so long to get help. She must be a real head case, I recall thinking, rather uncharitably.

Little did I suspect then that I would one day exceed that woman's therapeutic tour of duty by a wide margin. It's been 13 and half years and counting. And, if you're wondering,... Read More

I’ve always hated getting my hair cut. I blame this on every guy in 1996 that decided they would look good with hair that was faded on the sides and had spikes on top. When you have a long face with a large forehead, you want something that hides these features, not showcases them. This fashion phenomenon seemed to spawn a new breed of incompetent barbers that were essentially one trick ponies. “Keep it fairly even all the way around, just a light trim,” I would instruct before I sat in the padded swivel chair. They would smile and nod as I could hear the ominous sound of the electric razor... Read More

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