Better Than PokémonGo

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I have a much simpler way to escape office stress. These are my top 20 coping skills and they don’t get me run over in the street. Steve Carrell missed his chance by not showing these on The Office.

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1.Make a maze of spaghetti (cooked or uncooked). Continue reading

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A Short Guide to Developing Denials and Affirmations

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Using the power of your words to create your experiences can be very satisfying and stress relieving.  More than just positive thinking, denials and affirmations are a dynamic duo in managing our perceptions and feelings toward achieving satisfaction in relationships, work and other areas. They are based on the truth that the universe is supporting us and that love prevails in assuring us our good because this is the Divine Will for our lives. They create what Jesus called “the Kingdom of God within you”. If we think about what would the evidence be that Good prevailed, that is what Jesus meant. Harmonious relationships, happiness, fulfillment, peace, love, wisdom, kindness. We can create these through the power of our heart-mind-words.

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Writing for Tragedy

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I am posting some of Shiloh Sophia’s words here to encourage those of us who write or create in any form. We never know when a creation will speak so powerfully that it can turn the tide. We affirm that our pens can be more powerful than assault rifles, especially if writing can get them banned.

“The world is violent and mercurial – it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love – love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. We live in a perpetually burning building and what we must save from it, all the time, is love”. Tennessee Williams

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Shiloh Sophia Painting in response to Orlando

Processing grief in the wake of the Orlando losses

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Turning Resentments into Gratitude

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Last week we looked at some common sources of resentments: expectations, pride and loss. Recently I saw an entry on HuffPost the related to the topic. They looked at how negatives could be turned into positives. Although they did mention gratitude, they didn’t list resentment specifically. Here is their list: Continue reading

The Sources of Resentments

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“Why did she do that to me? I’ve never done anything to her!”

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“He may think he can do that to me, but just let him try it again.”

Resentments are often called frozen rage or “drinking poison and hoping the other person will die”. Continue reading

ACE YOUR COLLEGE VOCABULARY TEST!

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Key terms help you speak the language of administrative staff.

Every organization has its own special words and professionals in the college administrative offices are no different. Speaking their language moves you to the front of the line for services.

Accreditation – Articulation Agreement – Transfer

You may not be aware that there are regional accreditation groups that agree to accept each others’ coursework from 85% of colleges and universities. What if you took courses at other colleges? If you try to transfer them, even if it is a degree, you might lose out. See the list at www.chea.org to be sure. Transferring means you want another college to accept your other college credits. Articulation agreements can mean one school has agreed to accept coursework or other experience toward certain majors. For example, a public school district can have an agreement with a college to apply work taken at high school toward your college degree. Continue reading

The Social Roots of Compulsive Overeating

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“A fat woman is a warm quilt for the winter.” Inuit proverb

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Obesity research is in its infancy compared to other health issues. Obesity became a problem in the population only after World War II, so study is not yet a hundred years old. Even so, research was conducted based on male models of medicine, women’s health not deemed important enough or different enough for specialized study until recently. Women’s bodies generally retain more fat because of survival genetics. In addition pregnancy changes women’s bodies in ways not yet fully understood. But men in other cultures have not generally shown this loathing for women of physical substance except where American (Anglo) culture has been exported. (The first diet book was published in Britain in the 1850s). Continue reading

War at the YMCA

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 Walter struggled to put his swim trunks on over his wet buttocks.  He hated to let the other men see him lose his balance teetering on one foot but he was too proud to lean against the wall or try to hold onto the locker to steady himself.

 Meanwhile his wife Lois was in the women’s dressing room hobnobbing with the other ladies who came for the free swim for seniors on Tuesday nights.  All of them rested themselves on the benches and traded community gossip, grandchild stories, worries about children throwing their lives away, and Wal-Mart prices. They showered after they put on their suits, unlike the men.

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 Because the arthritis class was free, the group shared the indoor pool with the handicapped swim program.  This made for a crowded time, but it was worth it – after all, it was free.  One night Walter had caught a cold when someone left the door to the outdoor pool open, and since then he had had to wear a t-shirt when in the water.  But overall it was good for the limbs. Continue reading

Did My Agent Call?

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You have to understand I consider myself the Forest Gumpess of my Midwestern city. I say this because of the critical intersections of my life with the leaders of the city that, even though they are unknown to the vast majority, were still part of major movements at the time. I worked with a Congress on Racial Equality leader, an early civil rights attorney, a police community relations trailblazer acknowledged by the White House, conferenced with two mayors and the director of municipal corrections. Helped another social services leader get her community projects off the ground before she was nominated to the President’s Council on Volunteers. After the riots, organized mediation between the business owners and the residents, helped parents lobby for changes at the largest high school, organized fundamental changes in the way the school board was elected, and garnered community members for boards of Model Cities, urban renewal, and other governmental programs. I worked on the model for Habitat for Humanity before it was Habitat and helped another trailblazer push fair housing before it was the law. I worked with the human relations commissions of both cities and helped integrate a neighborhood. I kept a lookout over the property where a prominent leader built his cultural center while I worked at City Hall so I could notify him of any Planning and Zoning potential threats to the property. Continue reading