Friday, March 07, 2014
My mom spent time on an Alzheimer’s unit near the end of her life. Not because she had dementia of any kind, but because she needed the constant care. When I would visit my mom in the nursing home, I would talk to the patients with dementia and try to engage them in activities. Often, I asked my mom to sing with me while I played the piano for the patients. The facility had a music book filled with old 1940s songs and a hymn book.
Friday, February 21, 2014
It seems like we can’t turn on television without hearing people swearing on a regular basis. What used to be considered profane is now accepted as the way people talk. According to a study by psychology professor Timothy Jay at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the rise in adult vulgarity is being mimicked by children and teens. Jay says that swearing really takes off between ages three and four.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Love is in the air. It’s Valentine’s Day and you are single. Here are my five dos and don’ts for Valentine’s Day singles...
Thursday, January 23, 2014
It’s been a long week and you finally have a chance to have a little conversation at dinner with your spouse. You, the wife, begin... “How was your day?” Your husband responds... “Fine.” That was it. No details, just a one-word answer.
Friday, December 20, 2013
Bob and Rose are a blended family now. They, like so many other families, are asking for ways to make the holidays better in terms of that blending. Here are 10 tips to help you handle the holidays.
Friday, December 06, 2013
This week, I attended the funeral of my neighbor who, at 64 years of age, was working in his yard and suddenly and unexpectedly died. I wished him Happy Thanksgiving before I left to visit family and a few hours later he collapsed in his yard. I will never see or speak to him again. His wife never saw it coming. Now, she faces the holidays without her husband of 40 years. So sad. She is not alone. So many people deal with loss during the holidays.
Friday, November 22, 2013
When Robert came home from work, he found his wife sitting in a chair crying. She was hurt by something that happened on the phone talking to her mother-in-law about holiday plans. Robert’s mother insisted they come to her house for the big dinner. “I think it would be better for everyone if I hosted the dinner.” Renee hung up the phone frustrated. No matter what she said or did, her mother-in-law managed to put her down or criticize her. “Your mother doesn’t like me, and I don’t know why?”
Friday, November 08, 2013
When we have been hurt, wronged, treated unfairly or even abused, our natural response it to seek revenge or want to hurt the person back. But Jesus was radical when he talked to us about how we are to respond to someone who offends or hurts us. And psychology has finally caught up to the benefits of choosing to forgive. Here are 10 reasons why forgiveness is so important...
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Relationships that work are about two people who are in tune with each other. In other words, they know the inner world of the other and respond to their bids for attention. This attunement has to do with your emotional intelligence. How well do you measure up? Check your emotional intelligence by answering these 10 questions YES or NO.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Ann was on an eating binge. It wasn’t because she was a compulsive eater or had an eating disorder. Ann was an emotional eater like so many of us. Her eating was triggered because her boyfriend, Rob, decided to break it off. Ann was in the midst of grieving, but was not allowing that process to happen. She was medicating with food.