When The Holidays Bring The Memory Of Loss

When The Holidays Bring The Memory Of Loss

December 17th, 2007.  The day my mom died. I can remember where I was standing when my brothers called me. 9:23 am — in my kitchen, in front of the stove. It was odd hearing from Spencer that morning. His halting, but loving voice came over the line....
Do You Fear An Emptier Empty Nest?

Do You Fear An Emptier Empty Nest?

When I introduce myself now, I tell folks I write. At least it brings up other comments than when I tell them I’m a psychologist.  That usually elicits the joke, “Ahh, are you going to psychoanalyze me?” Not particularly funny when you have heard it...
The Red Bucket Man

The Red Bucket Man

  The Salvation Army has begun its annual campaign. So, yesterday, on the first of what I am sure will be many trips to the grocery store before Thanksgiving, I found the famous red bucket.   And heard the bell ringing, which frankly I am just sappy enough to...
What Are You Teaching Your Daughter About Her Body?

What Are You Teaching Your Daughter About Her Body?

Sometimes, something hits a nerve. Last year, I read Anne Parris’ post on Midlife Boulevard. She offered this Dove commercial for discussion, highlighting the unintentional messages about body image that mothers give daughters. It shocked me. The subject? Moms...