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Write Your Own Self-Care Manifesto

The author of the poem below intended it for academics. I’m reprinting it here for all of us, educators, parents, basically if you’re human you might relate. My Dad and children exchanged terrible poems that they’d composed. It was a wonderful…
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IKIGAI: The art of staying young while growing old

“Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.” -Japanese proverb People born in the U.S. today can expect to live to an average age of about 79. A century ago, the life expectancy was closer to 54. “We’ve had…
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2022 Possible Practices

2022 Possible Practices Listed below are 3 variations on the New Year’s Resolution theme that you might consider exploring. 1. 20 out of 22 in 2022 Practice Rather than continue with the worn-out practice of setting a New Year’s…
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We Can Do Something

2021 has without a doubt been a difficult year. There is a collective feeling of missing what was, and an underlying hum of uncertainty and fear. However, do you ever feel guilty for feeling bad, knowing so many others have it worse? Since…
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Stop Trying So Hard

It's dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you're feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. So throw away your baggage and…
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Summer Reading Remembered

If you’re an avid reader, you may find yourself forgetting the titles of what you’ve read. It’s like that file in our brain is full. Many of us record the books we read in a journal, or on goodreads so that we can recommend our favorites…
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Looking for an Inexpensive Father’s Day gift solution? Try Listening.

What do you get a 93-year-old man that has been married 70 years and been a father for 60? The elderly woman at the antique store had a strong opinion, “The only thing you get someone who has lived that long is something to eat, they don’t…
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Another Mother’s Day - The One No one Talks About

Last week we celebrated Mother’s Day. I don’t know why, but there is never a year where I don’t think about the Mom’s out there that have lost children. There are countless ways to lose a child. For those that have carried a child…
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They’re Going to Shit on your Head

They’re Going to Shit on your Head Those were the last words I heard as I departed to meet my friend to watch the migrating snow geese. I live with an over stimulated amygdala- my husband. He is constantly scanning the environment…
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Happiness-Marriage and Winston of West Chester

One of my favorite podcasts is the Happiness Lab, hosted by Yale professor Dr Laurie Santos. Santos takes you through the latest scientific research and shares inspiring stories that may alter the way you think about happiness. Her class, Psychology…