The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.

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The Tragedy of Hiding Individual and Societal Shame

The hiding of human emotion is common in modern culture. We become so good at it that we end up hiding our emotions not just from others, but from ourself. We pay a high price for this coverup, individually and as a society.

“Emotions are like breathing—they cause trouble only when obstructed,” say…

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Solid, Liquid, Gas: Water Can Teach Us Thought Management

We know that water can be a solid, liquid or gas. That makes water an excellent metaphor or illustration for thoughts, which can also be a solid, liquid or gas.

What we feel has much to do with how we think. Knowing the difference between “types” of thoughts can help us manage our depression, anxie…

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The Lessons and Liabilities of Loneliness

Most of us, when we speak of loneliness or of being lonely, are talking about a feeling. It is a feeling described as emptiness tinged with longing, sadness or grief.

We may feel cutoff from others, bleak, desolate or desperate whether in a room by ourself, in company with significant others, or at…

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Falling Apart? How To Create Mental-Emotional Glue

One of the best coping methods for stress and symptoms of a mental illness is having a creative outlet, an activity we can pour ourselves into.

It can be anything we deeply engage in such as gardening, scrapbooking, baking, yoga, writing, woodworking, or painting. Writing poems is an excellent creati…

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About Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

People with chronic physical illnesses not only face the symptoms of their disease daily, but also must manage the mental and emotional ramifications of having perpetual symptoms. This is true of people diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), an illness you may be unaware of. 

Most …

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Stress less: Easy ways to be still without sitting still

We usually use the word stillness to indicate lack of movement, but stillness can also be the lack of apparent movement. A top spinning so quickly that it appears still illustrates how stillness can be motion-without-conflict; conflict would make the top wobble. 

The stillness of motion-wi…

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Lance Armstrong's wise choice?

August 26, 2012 - None of us know what is in Lance Armstrong’s mind. We all see his refusal to continue fighting the doping charges through our own internal filters. Some interpret his action as an admission of guilt, and others as giving-up. Another possible interpretation is that he made a…

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Child sex offenders: Sub-human or all too human?

You might think separating fact from fiction about child sex offenders to be a waste of time. If people are found guilty of this crime, does it matter if what we believe about them is myth? Setting feelings aside, there are a couple good reasons why we need to see abusers realistically. 

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Memorial Day: So many men and women

It is amazing how much a simple timeline of U.S. war history, and a chart of war casualty statistics can reveal. In a short time you are reminded of things forgotten, or learn a few things you never knew. 

Since 1675, U.S. colonists or citizens have participated in 26 wars. Six of the wars…

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Mother’s Day: It started with war and peace

Julia Ward Howe is known as the lady who wrote the lyrics of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” She also attempted to have a Mother’s Day for Peace (MDP) formally recognized in the U.S.

The idea of MDP was for women all over the globe to unite over commonalities and resolve the world’s …

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The riches of Adrienne Rich: Poet 1929 - 2012

WASHINGTON, March 29th, 2012 - Although we may not agree with the words they choose, some poets are obviously doing their best to make people stare at things that need staring at. Adrienne Rich was such a poet.  

She put it best herself. “Still, as a poet, I choose to sieve up old, sunken wor…

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Growing Pains or Dysthymia?

WASHINGTON, December 10, 2011 - Dysthymia is a type of depression that can begin during childhood or puberty. Its symptoms are milder than major depression, but dysthymia hangs on much longer. This mood disorder can continue for two or more years in adults, and one or more in children. Because t…

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