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May 1, 2020

Emotions during COVID-19

The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus has a way of evoking every possible emotion. The short list includes: fear, sadness, grief, anxiety, anger, loneliness, despair, and worry.   While it is understandable that we should feel many of these emotions, we face a challenge trying not to miss the opportunities […]
May 1, 2020

Tips for Deepening Quality Connections

Connection is protection.  The more connected we feel, the safer we feel.  How do we manage that when we need to practice physical distancing?  Many of us are feeling alienated and unsafe because we are disconnected from those with whom we normally interact.   It’s normal to feel anxiety, depression, […]
October 2, 2019

Lessons Learned by Observing Olive Trees

Recently I visited Greece and was mesmerized by the amazing shapes and the knots formed over time in the olive trees. People have been cultivating olive trees for thousands of years BCE. As I walked through (and travelled beside) multiple groves I saw them as a metaphor for parenting and […]
September 24, 2019

Tips for Turning to Nature to Nurture Ourselves

Spending mindful time in nature is beneficial for our body and soul. We spend our time increasingly indoors, especially if we live in urban areas.  Yet, we are meant to be connected to the natural world, taking in nature through our senses. Seek opportunities to take time out, slow down, […]
November 13, 2018

How to Be a Kindness Role Model for Your Kids

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_be_a_kindness_role_model_for_your_kids
November 1, 2018

Tips for Participating in a Letter-Writing Campaign to Others

Many people have been placed in detention centers or tent cities, feeling alone and isolated. Various organizations are engaged with nonprofits that focus on the well being of detainees and partner to write monthly letters. This idea has its roots in letter writing efforts to people in the military as […]
September 27, 2018

Things Evolve

  Allow things to evolve.  As many of you know (and thank you for your support during this process), my niece and I recently finished writing a book. It is a book about kindness. It did not start out to be a book about kindness. It evolved into a book […]
August 31, 2018

Be Kind to Yourself in the Midst of Changes

This is the time of year when people are saying goodbye to their children and sending them off to school, the armed services, or away for work.   It is easier to do for some of us than for others (that applies to both parents and children). As one mother […]
April 20, 2018

Tips for “Renewing Our Values”

We all face challenges and obstacles in our lives, at different times, and to various levels and degrees.  During these times, where do we find the strength to persevere?  How can we improve our self-control and reduce our unhealthy responses to stress as we experience times of emotional and/or physical […]
August 1, 2016

Tips for Creating a Peaceful Workspace

With so many changes in technology and in the workplace these days, more and more people are working in environments that are incredibly challenging.  The ability to have a private conversation,  be in a quiet, UNINTERRUPTED environment to think or create, or view of the outdoors is difficult to arrange. […]