Commentary

June 9, 2020

Conversation Hugs

Because of COVID-19, many of the critical ways we connect with others – person to person conversations, physical touch, hugs – have become impossible. Millions of […]
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 […]
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 […]
March 19, 2020

Tips for Staying Connected

During this period of social distancing it is important to keep connected with others, particularly for people who live alone. Now is the time to stay […]
March 19, 2020

Rethinking “Am I OLD?”

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), I am “old.”  Not only that, I am “elderly.” WOW!  I have spent my entire life keeping my […]
March 3, 2020

Tips for Self Compassion

One thing is for certain:  for many people (particularly women) putting self-care high on our “to do” list or even the “what shall I be aware […]
March 3, 2020

Finding Resilience When Facing Personal Hardship Experiences

When everything is going our way, life is great.  Things fall into place and we can see possibilities and opportunities easily.  We can become attached to […]
February 4, 2020

Tips for Attending to Someone’s Grief

For most of my professional career I have tried to help people come to terms with loss.  The loss of the child they had hoped for […]
February 4, 2020

Lessons on How to Live

As some of you are aware, my beloved mother, Sylvia Atkins, died one month ago.  A role model to almost everyone who met her, she was […]
December 30, 2019

Tips for the Gift of Listening

Many of us think our role in a conversation is to talk. In fact, what most people seem to prefer is to have a conversation partner […]