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Every parent has a favorite temper tantrum story etched in their memory—  the reason the child is melting down and the level of eruption are so absurd, you really can’t help but laugh.  I mean, really, how dare you take the wrapper off his straw. One of my kids went through anti-pants phase for a […]
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Society is always in a state of change, but every once in a while, a change of tsunami proportions comes and lays waste to the cultural structures and landscape, and everything familiar is washed away. In case you have been living under a rock, we may have hit that time in the United States.  America […]
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There is nothing more thrilling or terrifying than the question, “What’s next?!”    On the one hand, these are exciting junctures in life– you have a new chapter ahead of you!     On the other hand, it’s also not uncommon to feel overwhelmed and even paralyzed about how which direction to go.    In particular, […]
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So many women dread the big 4-0, but I’m happy to tell you that typically, the 40s are a GREAT decade for women.   While your body does seem to start to exhibit signs of wear and tear more significantly in this decade (hello wrinkles and slowing metabolism);  internally, many women are actually gaining strength and stability. Remember […]
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Doorways are a powerful image for certain points in our lives.  In the work we do, we often find ourselves sitting with someone in front of a big scary door, behind which lies a myriad of pains they have been resistant to address:  disappointments, anger, grief, addiction, doubt, fear.  There we sit, coaxing them to […]
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My oldest daughter is forcing me to face the fact that she is leaving home.  Seven years ago when we moved overseas, she was given a simple tool to help her prepare to leave one place and move to another.  Now as she finishes her life in Spain and prepares for university in the U.S., she […]
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Last time we came back to the US to visit family and friends, I was struck by how many men in their 40’s looked like had been run over by a bus (no offense, guys). They were exhausted.  Being pulled in multiple directions.  Fighting complacency in marriage and faith.  Restless and bored in their careers […]
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Some life transitions begin with a “bomb”.  These are the experiences that can usually be traced to an exact moment.  The car accident that caused a head injury.  The phone call announcing a death.  The moment when your spouse announces out of the blue that she never loved you.  The discovery of a deeply hidden family […]
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I remember when I first realized I might be in some sort of crisis.  I had left our toddler twins and their four year old sister at home to go for a girls night out at the movie, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.  The movie depicts the main character, played by Ashley Judd, […]
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