Haleh Rabizadeh Resnick

it's the act that counts

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

And so… Robert Frost wrote in the Mending Wall,  “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall… Good fences make good neighbors.” As much as Frost did not like the wall that separated him from his neighbor, in the end the wall remained. Today, in America we are fortunate to live in a time when…
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Happiness Is Meaning

In this insightful TED talk Emily Esfahani Smith shares with us how true happiness is found.  Want happiness? Develop these four traits: Belong- Be are part of a community where you are needed. Have Purpose- Live a life of meaning where you know your purpose in this world. Transcend- See the vastness of this world and…
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Snow Day

Graceful kiss of white – blanketing all our lives Gentling covering all in sight – a peaceful silent whisper… Filled with red rage that grows with every touch An icy, salty nightmare that grows darker with watch Snowmen fill memories, sleds and smiles and friends The present is anguish from all that it can cause.…
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Gratitude Galore aka Thank You Movement

So… when this whole business of gratitude became the rage of mental health and social media, I agreed with its essence but then thought people had fully gone overboard.  Thirty Days of Thanks?  National Gratitude Day? Daily Gratitude Lists? No Thanks. But, I take it back. In the midst of so much uncertainty in people’s…
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What Happened to Simple Kids’ Birthday Parties?

Just read this thought provoking article asking…What Happened To Simple Kids’ Birthday Parties Kate Casey wants us to go back to simpler times with no fuss birthday parties at home instead of the lavish affairs complete with characters, face painting and entertainment which most kids have today. Because after all not only it is easier…
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I’m Against ID Bracelets. How About You?

People love allergy bracelets for their kids. I don’t.  I think they do far more harm than good. But first, what is it?  It’s a bracelet that your child wears that lists all their allergens so that adults who interact with them will be aware of what can trigger a reaction.  (For those who don’t…
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I Need A Drink Now!

Someone needs to explain to me why parents of kids say the following in front of them: “I can’t wait for the weekend to get trashed.” “Is it only 10:30? I need a drink now.” “Where’s that glass of wine? -Trying to do math with my son.” All I can think when I hear this…
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Is Your Allergic Child Disabled?

Regardless of how you answered that question, it is a fact that many parents with children with allergies treat their children as disabled.   We think they cannot do for themselves. We feel the need to protect them. We demand that others accommodate their disability. It’s interesting, isn’t it? We live in an era when we…
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Let’s Stop Oversensitivity

Enough with oversensitivity. I recently read an article about what not to say to a pregnant or new mom. The quick recap of the list is below. First, let’s discuss oversensitivity for a minute. (1) Oversensitivity is a way of asserting control over the behavior of those around you. An overly sensitive person will not see…
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Do We Have Freedom of Thought?

When we first went on-line, we all thought that we are entering an information age which will give us all ultimate freedom.  We will all have access to the same information.  We were about to enter an era of democracy and free thought at its height. But a mere two decades from the start of…
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