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Living with Boundaries….a Snake’s Tale

By |2017-12-17T14:38:05+00:00April 19th, 2012|Categories: Relationships|Tags: , , , , |

Proper boundaries make for healthier relationships My daughter has a California King Snake named Jake.  For almost 10 years, Jake has healthily and quietly reposed in a large aquarium, dining on a thawed, previously frozen mouse weekly.  Jake likes to leave the aquarium to explore the outer world, but we’ve learned that he needs [...]

Looking, Revisited…

By |2017-12-12T21:46:05+00:00March 2nd, 2012|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , |

A few days ago, I was reminded of the importance of looking for something new each day.  As my 75 pound coonhound, Leroy, pulled me down the driveway for a walk, I spotted several remarkable bursts of color out the corner of my eye.  With some degree of effort, dog and human paused to take in [...]

Rainy Days and Mondays….

By |2017-12-12T21:47:06+00:00February 29th, 2012|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , | …. Rainy days and Mondays always get me down. – The Carpenters, 1971 It’s not a Monday, but I woke up to a rainy day in Northern VA, with the line, “rainy days and Mondays always get me down” running through my head.  Composed by Roger Nichols and Paul Williams, The Carpenters’ recording of Rainy [...]


By |2017-12-12T21:46:43+00:00February 20th, 2012|Categories: Anxiety, Christian, Relationships|Tags: , , , , |

We keep chasing after perfection as if it is an achievable goal, when really it is the most grand and painful of all mirages.    – Courtney E. Martin Ms. Martin penned these words about the female preoccupation with weight in Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters (2007).  Yet almost everywhere I look, even in the mirror, I [...]


By |2017-12-12T21:47:26+00:00February 6th, 2012|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |

In 2011, I read many books about managing finances and investments.  That’s when I discovered this observation attributed to Warren Buffet: The chains of habit are never experienced as heavy until we try to change. Suddenly I had a metaphor to describe why change is so difficult. Entrenched patterns of living rarely feel burdensome until we [...]


By |2017-12-12T21:47:52+00:00January 25th, 2012|Categories: Christian, Relationships|Tags: , , , |

My home schooled daughter recently bailed after reading two thirds of Augustine’s Confessions (Chadwick, 2008).   Her favorite part of history is the Rockabilly Era, not the Medieval Ages.  Similarly, she eschews Geometry (have I mentioned that I have degrees in Mathematics?), and finds little compelling in her Chemistry.  Yet she rocks at Latin, taught by her [...]


By |2017-12-12T21:48:08+00:00September 13th, 2011|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , |

Recently, I’ve come to regard attitude as a valuable, but often overlooked commodity.  A week ago, the following quote arrived in my inbox via a financial independence newsletter:  "The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives"(William [...]