Did you know that at any given moment, there’s a 50% chance you (and I) are not really “here”. That is, we may have drifted off mentally, our attention getting hijacked by thoughts that are tied to stress, perceptions of threat or our lousy mood, “the kryptonite” for our attention, according to neuroscientist and assoc. professor Amishi Jha.
As a white counselor, I have long considered myself an ally of those historically marginalized in our culture – especially Black, Latino, Gay, etc., but this excerpt from author DeRay Mckesson, made me stop and consider the difference between an ally and an accomplice. As I strive to do and be better, I hope you […]
Growing up, I dreamed of being a ballerina, a marine biologist, a globe-trotting anthropologist, but never about being a middle-school teacher. But we all awoke last week, and presto, we are teachers (as well as therapists, bankers, architects, nurses, artists, caregivers…). With or without school-aged kids, these are incredibly stressful times for Americans, many of […]
How prophetic is this Italian proverb as COVID 19 wreaks havoc in Italy, across the globe and in our community too? The house most certainly is on fire, so we may as well warm ourselves. I saw people doing just that on my four-mile run/walk through Winter Park. Kids were roller skating, playing hopscotch, riding […]
Are you among the 88% of Americans who find the holidays stressful instead of blissful? If you’re female, the answer is more likely to be yes. After all, women do most of the shopping, decorating, cooking, baking, party-planning and memory-making for our families. And honestly, wasn’t your schedule already jam-packed before the holidays? The answer […]