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Passing the Cemetery Not too far from my house is a cemetery, less than a mile. I don’t normally see it, trees block it from the main road, but when I come home the “back way,” I pass it. I look out my driver’s side window at all the colorful flowers. Sometimes there...
When She Doesn’t Love You Anymore [Humor] Comic: when she doesn't love you anymore.
Life: A Reflection of Our Actions A son and his father were walking in the mountains. Suddenly,his son falls, hurts himself and screams: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!” To his surprise, hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!” Curious, he yells: “Who are you?” He receives the answer: “Who are you?” Angered at the response, he screams: “Coward!”...
Creating A Supportive Daily Ritual When life gets busy and overwhelming and hard, it’s the simple and small rituals that can ground us. That can serve as an anchor. That can remind us of what is important. Of what is us. Rituals become familiar actions, gestures we can lean on. They can calm us. They...
How to overcome feelings of guilt I have an issue with how we use the word “should”. I’ve been battling with its’ influence for over 10 years consciously, and have struggled with it for most of my life. Maybe you too have been in the same boat, if not consciously then unconsciously. In the moments I...
Master regulator gene, long tied to autism disorders, can stimulate other genes involved in early brain development Chemical modifications to DNA’s packaging — known as epigenetic changes — can activate or repress genes involved in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and early brain development, according to a new study. Biochemists found that these epigenetic changes in mice and laboratory experiments remove the blocking mechanism of a protein complex long known for gene suppression, and transitions the complex to a gene activating role instead.
How To Divorce A Narcissist (Dr. Karyl McBride) In Will I Ever Be Free Of You, Dr. Karyl McBride, author of the national bestseller Will I Ever Be Good Enough, has created the definitive guide to successfully handling and surviving a divorce—if you're married to a narcissist....
What Was The Psychology Behind Dueling? Dueling works great as a dramatic device, but, legally and morally, it proves nothing. So why did so many people use it to settle scores and right wrongs? Take a look at why people would murder each other, semi-legally, on a regular basis....
Go Away Winter Blues “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” ~ Victor Hugo I used to hate the winters here in Chicago. I still talk about them like I hate them because it makes for good comedy, me being from the Deep South where I did not even own a...
7 Ways to Manage Mixed Emotions During the Holidays As the holiday season is now in full swing, I can’t help but observe the swing of emotions — mine and that of those all around me. On one hand, there is the child-like delight of magical holiday lights and decorations. Regardless of a “bah hum bug” mindset, it is...
Are You Letting Joy or Stress Dictate Your Holiday “Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” – Joseph Campbell Sometimes holiday stress overrides our joy. We get caught up with decorating, buying gifts, and the plethora of other overwhelming holiday expectations. We miss out on the daily pleasure and joyful opportunities all around...
How Mindful Children React Differently to Challenges (Illustrated) I was a firecracker as a kid. I reacted quickly to situations and never hesitated to express my “passionate” opinions. This often led to hurt feelings. I remember once, after a heated discussion with my brother, he asked my parents to put a coffee filter over my mouth to “keep the yucky...
How Mindful Children React Differently (Illustrated) Growing up, I was a firecracker. I reacted quickly to situations and never hesitated to express my “passionate” opinions. This often led to hurt feelings. I remember once, after a heated discussion with my brother, he asked my parents to put a coffee filter over my mouth to “keep the yucky stuff...
Learn to Let Go This Holiday Season For some reason, this holiday season hasn’t been the best for my family. Frankly, we can’t seem to get our sh*t together. Who’s going where? Who’s cooking what? Did we finally decide what to get Mom? ARE YOU SERIOUSLY GOING TO A FOOTBALL BOWL GAME THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVE?!...
Hugs help protect against stress, infection, say researchers Researchers tested whether hugs act as a form of social support, protecting stressed people from getting sick. They found that greater social support and more frequent hugs protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms.
UN-Resolutions for 2015 Reflecting As the year comes to an end, I pause to reflect on things: work, writing, church, family and life in general. What am I doing, and what does it all mean? What’s next? Is this all there is?   Those of us with a chronic illness, like bipolar disorder,...
Lack of Sleep During Critical Period of Night Linked to Dementia Risk Missing out on this kind of sleep can lead to poor memory and dementia. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:How Just One Night’s Poor Sleep Can Hurt a Relationship The Vitamin Which May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia How Cynical Personality Traits Affect Dementia Risk Bad Night’s Sleep? Blame the Full Moon Why Some People Only Need Five Hours’ Sleep a Night
Is a Red Light Effective to Stop People from Drinking Coke? We have a long distance to travel, before we arrive at Nutritional Facts labels that quickly inform consumers about what is good and bad for them to ingest.
Bugs life: The nerve cells that make locusts ‘gang up’ A team of biologists has identified a set of nerve cells in desert locusts that bring about 'gang-like' gregarious behavior when they are forced into a crowd. The findings demonstrate the importance of individual history for understanding how brain chemicals control behaviour, which may apply more broadly to humans also.
How Marriage Undermines Equality Among Harvard Faculty In my last post here, I critiqued a study published in the Harvard Business Review on the ever-popular topic of why fewer women than men reach the positions of greatest power in the workplace. My problem was that the article only addressed the experiences of married people, especially if they...