Over the holidays I had the pleasure of going to see Avatar with my son-in-law and three grandsons, ages 16, 13 and 9. The animation was out of this world and the many themes of the movie were powerful. I loved one of the ending messages: “Protecting their family gives men a purpose.” I thought about […]
Where are We in the Fight Against Drug Overdose?
With so many issues like COVID and the mental health crisis flooding our media we can easily find that we have ignored other significant issues like the prevalence of drug overdoses. Many of these overdoses are in our youth community. Statistics like this are not just numbers. They are tragedies, traumas and devastation to those […]
When Trauma Interrupts Normalcy on the Football Field
Many of us watched Buffalo Bills Damar Hamlin tackle a receiver on Monday Night Football and then after standing up, collapsed with a sudden cardiac arrest. As we watched the officials, players and coaches witness what was perceived as a typical football injury to a life-threatening episode we quickly grasped the intense level of fear, […]
Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, Try These
Many of us feel pressure to make New Year’s Resolutions, the tradition to focus on things we aspire to do, like exercise every day or stop eating junk food. According to Time Magazine, “…by some estimates, as many as 80% of people fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions by February. Only 8% of people stick with […]
Happy New Year, 2023!
As we approach this coming 2023 New Year, I hope the holidays have been restful and enjoyable with your family and friends. I know for many of us the gatherings will continue through the New Year holiday and there will be much to look forward to in the coming year. For me as I lead […]
How to Have a Balanced Holiday Season
As we enter this holiday season, it’s my hope that you will find it to be full of enjoyment, fulfillment, and wonder. Too often the stress of the season can be the prominent emotion! Usually, that stress is rooted in expectations that may be unrealistic and not focused on the joy of this beautiful holiday […]
How to Make Meaning From Our Holiday Experiences
As we wrap up our holiday season and prepare for whatever the New Year will bring, let’s take one last look at our experiences with family and friends and how those experiences impacted how we are feeling today. An article from John Hopkins Medicine lists some of the reactions we can have to the holidays, […]
How to Give the Gift of Relationships at Christmas
Christmas is a season where we celebrate the interesting blend of the secular and the sacred. There is a sense of the fanfare of lights, trees, gift-giving, and family time. We attend church services and have private reflections about the gift of the child who brings hope, peace, salvation, and connection to God. One common […]
Can We Feel a Holiday Spirit Effect in our Brains?
I enjoy the holidays and that spirit that you feel when walking through the stores, viewing decorations, hearing the music, and seeing all the fun lights. There is something about this season that is familiar, calming, enjoyable, and inspiring. I was thinking about brain regulation and the holidays and wondered if anyone has published any […]
An Encouragement to Pause and Reflect on What Is Expected of You in This Holiday Season
We all live our lives with a myriad of expectations that prepare us for what is going to happen in the coming moments, hours, days, or weeks. We expect and then anticipate what we are confident will occur, making whatever preparations are needed to meet those expectations. Sometimes our expectations are based on what we […]
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