Category: Communicating

it's the act that counts

Echo Chamber: How to Get Out…

We like hearing our own voice over others. Opposites don’t actually attract or make the best mates. (check out studies here). Though we all know many people who are attracted to opposites, it’s generally the case that for our personal lives, most of us like to be with another version of ourselves. But what happens…
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Words… Look Who’s Talking

Do we use our words with care? Words are powerful. They shape our thoughts. Thoughts shape our actions- good and bad. And so a pen is mightier than a sword. (Language Shapes Our Thoughts) Where does this leave us in an interconnected world? Many cultures exaggerate as a matter of fact. Americans are prone to…
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Guns and Us

With hesitation… I enter the gun debate. The most upsetting aspect is that people have firmly planted their feet on opposite ends of this issue and refuse to acknowledge any compromise. To my friends who are vehemently anti-gun, those who want all guns banned from all forums:  Consider our vast and beautiful country.  In some…
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Family First

I was recently struck by comments in an “allergy mom’s group”.  One mom asked if she was overreacting for taking her child home when her in-laws had a meal filled with her child’s allergen even though there was other food that the child could eat… after all, her in-laws knew of the allergen. What struck…
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Leadership

Leadership is a trait that every individual should have.  Some, will take their leadership to a communal level and be our next generation’s leaders; others will be individuals who lead by example, making our world a better place one good deed at a time. How do we develop leadership in ourselves and others?  It only…
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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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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 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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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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