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How to Talk with Our Families and Neighbors When We Don’t Agree

This is a workshop my husband and I are putting on for a little neighborhood/church group tomorrow. 1) Know my own objective in the communication process.   Karla and John’s goal:  Discuss how to connect to family and neighbors while … Continue reading

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Caregiver Support

Taking on the Job Identify your support team. Who else shares the burden? Recognize that although we may feel alone, there are usually others we can lean on to a greater or lesser degree. Be realistic with yourself about what … Continue reading

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The Novice Mindfulness Exercise (1-10-1)

This exercise takes anywhere from 9-12 minutes, depending on respiration rate. The goal of here-and-now training is to be fully present – not thinking about the past or worrying about the future, but gently focusing attention on where you are … Continue reading

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More Writing Prompts for Fun and (therapeutic) Profit

Make several lists: 1. phases of my life 2. people in my life 3. places in my life 4. places in my head 5. the world outside my hometown – people/places/events I relate to or feel something about 6. things … Continue reading

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Time Travel: Or, A Phenomenological Demonstration of Context-Dependent Memory

A journal entry from some time ago.  First I should note that my mother and I share an inherited autoimmune blood-clotting disorder which can lead to mini-strokes.  My husband is a little paranoid about any memory lapse or other cognitive … Continue reading

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Buddy Biofeedback

Many years ago, in a previous incarnation (in Houston Texas), I was a certified biofeedback therapist.  Here’s an exercise I wrote for partners. Biofeedback for relaxation training does not necessarily mean being hooked up with electrodes to an expensive machine.  … Continue reading

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Journal Writing Techniques

Here is a list of journaling techniques that I have used personally and with patients for many years.  Some come from my husband John the English professor, some from Progoff’s classic At a Journal Workshop, and some from Rainer’s The New Diary. … Continue reading

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