December 16, 2017

Although many of us live for family times, not everyone looks forward to the holidays and associated large gatherings.

Christmas dinner may trigger anxiety either because of unresolved family issues or due to  new developments. There is something about the continuity of family traditions that raises the stakes.


My heart broke for a close relative who skipped Christmas one year rather than tell us that her marriage was breaking up. She later told us she feared judgment, but also didn't want to swallow her pride. She a...

December 8, 2017

     If you are like me, sometimes you don't feel like the brightest bulb in the pack. Today, I made a whopper of a mistake. It is so big and dumb, I'm not even going to tell you about it. Well, maybe if you read to the end, I might tell you.

     Every year, the holidays hold certain challenges. My church life remains deeply embedded in Virginia. My family spends most of their time in Ohio. It could be stressful, deciding whether to travel and be with family or stay here and fully participate in the great things...

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