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sherrie-theriault's picture
Feb.18.2014
February 18     THIN ICE   The ice is brittle, transparent and breaking away.  I brace for destruction, turmoil and frigid descent.  I am stuck in my topside thinking and can not realize the chance for freedom the cracking expanse promises.  I am an oceanic creature....
kim-packard's picture
Apr.22.2013
I was asked a rhetorical question recently while visiting a photography exhibit how I would like to be represented in a portrait, which got me thinking as I envisioned Pinkie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinkie_%28Lawrence_painting%29  by Thomas Lawrence and The Blue Boy http://en.wikipedia.org/...
dr-steve-mcswain's picture
Mar.30.2013
When you pretend to believe things you really no longer believe and you do so… …Just to please those whose friendships you’re afraid you might lose; or, because… …You fear their judgments of your admission or, worse… …The thought of their rejection of you is too painful to bear… Know this, my...
jill-jepson's picture
Aug.22.2012
When I was growing up, I was taught never to boast, act like I knew stuff, or defend myself against criticism. A lot of girls were raised that way back then. In our household, it was called "being ladylike." It was long before the whole self-esteem movement. I don't think I heard the phrase "self-...
yolande-barial's picture
Oct.18.2011
“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” -Eleanor Roosevelt The last month or so I have gotten into the habit of waking up around 4:30 a.m. on purpose. Realizing that my day will be...
annette-talbert's picture
Jul.27.2011
Today's post is about a subject near and dear to so many of us: Menopause. I'm actually referring to peri-menopause, which is the time before menopause. I prefer the old fashioned term "the Change." That seems to sum it all up: Change. As some wise soul once noted, being a woman is not...
kelly-hevel's picture
Jul.06.2011
Introducing myself and my (new) blog with a couple of self-portraits* seems appropriate, so… here they are! As you can see, they are very different from each other which made me think about how we see ourselves and how we present ourselves. Like many people starting a new blog and online...
patricia-lee's picture
May.10.2011
  When newborn infants are not gaining strength, we sometimes use the term "failure to thrive." I've never heard the same words used with adults, but in my many years of working with people, I think the critical issue is the same. We suffer from the inability to gain personal strength--a...
patricia-lee's picture
Mar.11.2011
How old are you?  I must have asked that question to hundreds of clients and workshop participants.  When I ask that question, I’m usually trying to decide if the person I’m working with is staying their right age—or if they have drifted and become a much younger version of the self.  Here is the...
yolande-barial's picture
Feb.13.2011
There is something to be said for hanging out with people who really know you and like you anyway. That is the definition of a true friend.  I was watching one of those early morning shows and they were talking to a group of women who have known each other for years and reconnect on a regular basis...