Recently I had a conversation with a friend about the struggles we have prioritizing our lives. It seems like there are so many needs, issues, demands for our time and energy by those around us – kids, family, work, responsibilities around our homes, in groups we are a part of, in meeting our own needs, to […]
Are You a Critical Thinker or a Critical Person?
Here’s an understatement: we are living in turbulent, confusing and intense times. The press is filled with stories of various crises connected with the pandemic, societal and political unrest, revelations about horrific injustice and inequities that have been overlooked by a large portion of the population, and economic turmoil generating fears about what the future […]
Do You Cherish Freedom?
The current news has us upset, dismayed, offended, alarmed, and outraged by what is happening in Ukraine. The images we see every day as Russia continues its efforts to overtake the Ukrainian country and its millions of citizens activates something almost primal within us as a people living in a country that defines itself as […]
The Recipe for “Opinion Soup”
We live in an opinionated world. Or maybe I should say, in my opinion, we live in an opinionated world. Opinions impact our thoughts, beliefs and behaviors. I thought we might benefit from taking a short journey into the nature of opinions, both our own and those of others, how we create them and our […]
Valentine’s Day Optimism
We all recognize that Valentine’s Day is a popularized event that bolsters our card, candy, restaurant and flower industries. The idea of celebrating love and romance is something that seems to have meaning to many individuals, couples and families. Quite honestly it is a nice break from all the controversies in the news, politics and […]
Should We Fear for our Democracy?
Recently a colleague sent me an article describing the Tylter Cycle that describes how civilizations that originally were designed to be democracies experienced a predictable series of changes that ultimately led to the demise of that democracy. I found the information both intriguing and frightening, considering the current politicized and fractured state of our country. […]
Selfies and Self Esteem
We live in a generation of selfies. With the intense levels of smart phones that can transmit photos instantly there have been increasing statistics of individuals who are preoccupied about how they look when they take their own picture on their cell phone. Sometimes this can become habitual and have significant impact on one’s own […]
The Value of Comfort Foods in the Pandemic
As we all continue to deal with the pandemic, let’s pause and consider one of the reactions many of us have had: seeking out comfort foods. The definition of a comfort food from Google’s Oxford Dictionary: “Food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being, typically any with a high sugar or other carbohydrate content and […]
How Far Have We Come Since Martin Luther King’s Death?
We are currently celebrating the impact of Martin Luther King on this federal holiday. He was a figurehead in the civil rights and racial justice movement before he was assassinated. His life ended too soon while he was having such incredible impact of raising awareness while attempting to bring our country together around the issue […]
New Year’s 2022
First of all, I want to thank you for reading our Lakeside Connect Blog during this past year. I hope it has been helpful, informative and instructive in how we care for our kids and our families. Secondly I do hope that you and your family have a very safe, healthy, COVID-free and meaningful 2022. I […]
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