Question of the Day: “What is Kintsugi and why is it important for reflection?”

Kintsugi is the┬áJapanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold, but truly I think it is a metaphor for embracing all flaws and imperfections. Let me explain and simplify with the literal definition of a very complex process of both art and science: Kintsugi is the ancient art of repairing broken pottery…

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Advice to 30 Somethings from a Forty Something

After the past seven years, I am feeling pretty schooled in the ways of the world. In addition, this past COVID year and recent changes in my life have caused me to feel as if I have advice to give. You may be thinking what my qualifications are for giving you advice. Here is my…

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Parenting #101: “The conversational dilemma and arguing with your child”

My two boys are extremely different. Cole is my arguer. If I say…well, just about anything, he will tell me I am wrong. He often asks “why” and try and talk his way out of every directive. It’s exhausting. When it comes to healthy conversations where we could find some connection, he completely shuts down…

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Marriage #101: Can sex get in the way?

Much of what I learned about relationships came from my favorite author Nora Ephron. She was such a brilliant writer, and her ability to understand the complex nature of romantic relationships never ceased to amaze me. The characters in When Harry Met Sally encapsulate the way two people can turn a relationship into a process.…

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Question of the Day: “How do you get more choices?”

Raising a teen is a daunting task, but being a teacher of teenagers has really helped. Over the years, my students have taught me a valuable lesson: the more mistakes you make, the less choices you get. Students who make poor choices over and over again start to lose certain freedoms. They lose the trust…

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Question of the Day: “What’s with all the crazy?”

The word “crazy” gets thrown around our house a lot more than I’d like. Having grown up with a schizophrenic grandmother and a mother who was institutionalized for “further observation”, the word crazy carries a sensitive connotation for me. The word itself is defined as being mentally deranged, manifested in an aggressive way, so it…

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Question of the day: “When did we hit August?”

I love summer. Summertime and the living’s easy as Ella Fitzgerald sings. I don’t really enjoy the massive heat wave which has taken over the East coast area, but we have sought relief at our local pool. Jonah, my anxiety riddled son, has left getting his swim band until the last minute. The last minute…

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Question of the Day: “What is normal?”

Normal. We throw this word around to describe typical things, the ordinary, the usual, the suspected. It’s a label, really. An arbitrary term subjectively applied to people and situations, and it seems more about people’s opinions than fact. Defining “normal” is difficult, though it is used most often to explain why someone feels comfortable or…

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Question of the Day: “How long have I been away…?”

To say I have had a lot on my plate recently is an understatement. Wedding, new house, ending an extremely difficult year of pandemic teaching has taken quit a toll on this limited psyche. I am not even sure if I have processed the swirling storms surrounding me over the last five months. As I…

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Balance: My Word of the Day

Balance is a noun. It is the idea of staying upright and straight when it seems as if everything around you is anything but. It is the state of maintaining equilibrium, an equal amount of this and that. But maintaining balance when things around me are out of place and skewed seems impossible. I know…

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