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Box of Stories

Once again I am feeling apathetic.  This is the third week of my therapist’s vacation, and I’m feeling a little like she doesn’t exist, and it’s very hard to get my energy up to do anything, or even to make … Continue reading

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Knocknarae

Knocknarae is a mountain on the west coast of Ireland.  Its name means Hill of the Ruler.  On top is the cairn of Maeve, Warrior Queen of Connaught, and she still means enough to the Irish people that they have … Continue reading

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Evie’s Death

I haven’t posted anything for a week because Evie Spodnik, a dear friend and fellow circle dancer, was killed in a horrific and shocking way. For more details For more information about Evie see Leah Carey’s blog and the next … Continue reading

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“Our Deeply Dysfunctional Culture”

From Mary Pipher’s Letters to a Young Therapist: “Perhaps because of my training in anthropology, I have always viewed mental health problems as related to the broader environment.  Depression, anxiety, domestic violence, and drug and alcohol abuse, not to mention … Continue reading

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Change Theme

I confess to being almost completely computer illiterate.  The first time I did a post for this blog, the theme was a very basic one, in a nice blue color.  After a few months I changed the color to a … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, and marks the turning of the sun back toward longer days, warmth, and summer. It grows in importance depending on how far north you live, and the severity of your … Continue reading

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Three Things

I was talking to Elizabeth today. She told me that she had been listening to an old Angeles Arrien tape and she said something about the blessing way and 3 things you had to do every day.  I googled & … Continue reading

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More on Denial

One of the big problems with denial is you don’t know you’re in it.  If you are ready to see the truth, when someone says “drinking problem,” the light goes on immediately.  If you’re not ready, sometimes you don’t even … Continue reading

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Denial and Science

Denial is a common defense mechanism used to shield oneself from a painful truth.  If you are an alcoholic, and making your family miserable, you will deny that it’s drinking that’s the problem.  If you hurt your 3-year-old child, that … Continue reading

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Please understand me

(Written in June 2009) I talked with Eleanor about my sadness about a relationship that’s not going well, and how rejected I felt on Sunday.  She was very understanding and validating.  She reminded me that sometimes people become angry, defensive … Continue reading

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