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Monday Mottoes – #168

Dr. Viktor Frankl, Viennese psychiatrist and neurologist and author of the bestseller Man’s Search for Meaning, was a Holocaust survivor. Working with suicidal patients before and after the war, and one could say during the war when some thought of taking their own lives, Dr. Frankl arrived to his conclusions answering the question: what makes…

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CoverGirl’s CoverBoy: No, No, No

This is disturbing on so many levels. Do men use cosmetics? Yes, upon occasion. I have no problem acknowledging that a guy could need a moisturizer. He may have a blemish that requires a coverup. If he’s in the public eye, a bronzer might give him a healthy glow. For television appearances, light powder would…

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Monday Mottoes – #167

The end of the year is upon us. One more month and 2016 will be a thing of the past. What have we accomplished? What’s yet to be done? Maybe you’ve “learned from the past” and not even made any goals. Or perhaps the list of hopes and dreams has remained that: a fairy tale…

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Monday Mottoes – #165

My family seems to think that when I’m not working, I should be working. For them. Constantly. Without ceasing. Sigh. Write their research papers. Okay, proofread their research papers which end up with enough red ink that makes me thinking of squeezing blood out of a turnip…. And do 101 tasks that they seem incapable…

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Basic Types of Adoptees & Their Issues

It may go without saying, yet we must state the obvious: becoming available for adoption means that something bad has happened. A parent died, a caregiver proved unsuitable for meeting basic needs, the child was found by the authorities to have been starved/abused/neglected/living in squalor, or any of a host of other horrific issues. There…

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Monday Mottoes – #164

US Election Day approaches and I know one thing for sure, no matter which candidate wins: half of our populace will be mad and half will be glad. And probably at least a third of our citizenry will not even vote at all. Sad. Yet, if they feel that their voice doesn’t matter and that…

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Making Family Memories at the Beach

One of our homes is not far from the beach, now recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  All of us moved mountains of debris over a couple of weeks’ time— pine cones, limbs and branches, palm fronds and everything else that goes with a tropical storm— from rising water to floods and mud. But…

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Gluten-Free, Fat-Free, Dairy-Free Rosh Hashanah

That would not be for me. That would be for our guests. Here I am, minding my own business, when it comes to my attention that our visitors have a number of food issues. Since our family table, holiday or not, is generally laden with a variety of offerings… not a problem. As I hear…

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Adoption and Long-Standing Jealousy Issues

I recall when our children came home from Russia as preteens. Some had constant jealousy issues: I had doled out more peas to one than another. Literally counting them on their plate, they were sure that I had planned on slighting them…. Years later, the same issues resurface repeatedly. No one is counting tiny bits…

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Stretching for More in Home and Business

Are you ready to snap? Welcome to the rubber band life, where stretching is the only way to take new territory. Your average parent doesn’t like the idea of stretch marks, whether in the physical body through birth, in your wallet and sense of privacy through invasive adoption costs and questions, or the later psychic…