Less Stress, More Joy, Greater Peace

Sometimes I have to move out of my daily routine to imagine new possibilites for myself and my life. To broaden my scope and expand my mind and heart, I like to dunk myself in an experience, surrounded by like-minded colleagues…who believe like I do, that the flow of life is running just below the... Read more »

Angel Sing in Millennium Park

Angel Sing in Millennium Park
Believing in angels was easy if you were blessed enough to find yourself listening to the 4000 Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) kids singing today – harmonizing from the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. Imagine being 8, or 10 or 11 years old and experiencing the impact of singing from Beethoven’s 9th symphony An Die... Read more »

Advice about Life from The Other Side

Advice about Life from The Other Side
Julie was conservatively dressed. She looked about 45 years old and had a lovely, soft voice.  She told me that her mother passed away a year ago and she wanted to make sure she was okay.  I surmised that they must have been close. As I do with all my clients, I asked Julie to... Read more »
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A Mother's Intuition Leads to the World's Blessing

A Mother's Intuition Leads to the World's Blessing
Kristine Barnett, a mother whose son, Jacob, was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, refused to listen to medical diagnosis and instead nurtured her son’s gifts. Jacob Barnett is now a 15 year old on track to become a Nobel Prize winner in Theoretical Physics.  It was Kristine’s intuition and her stubborn determination to... Read more »

Being "Different": Scary or Exciting?

Being "Different": Scary or Exciting?
The other night I asked a worker at Barnes and Noble on Clybourn where I could find books on highly sensitive kids. He knew exactly where the section was. He said, “One of my friends has synesthesia. He sees emotions as colors. Everyone makes fun of him.” Do you know someone who is “different”? How come... Read more »

Frozen Will Warm Your Heart

Frozen Will Warm Your Heart
Recently my daughter and I saw Disney’s new movie, Frozen. It was both delightful and surprising! Anna and Elsa were inseperable sisters in childhood until Elsa’s power, which turned everything she touched to ice and snow, hurt her sister when they were playing. Their royal parents shut down the castle with both girls inside to... Read more »
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Transforming Pain into Power!

Transforming Pain into Power!
In America, if you have a pain, we have a drug for it. A short while ago, I found myself popping Ibuprofen when my sinuses started to hurt. It took the edge off and I got on with my other priorities. When I found myself doing that three times in a week and a half,... Read more »

Are The New Kids Disordered or Spiritually Gifted?

Are The New Kids Disordered or Spiritually Gifted?
The New York Times reported this week that Keith Conners, M.D., who fought for over 50 years to legitimize the ADHD diagnosis and make medication available for children, called the current statistic of 3.5 million children on such medication  “a national disaster of dangerous proportions.” Conners is reflecting the growing concern among many in the medical and... Read more »

Autistic, Gifted and On A Mission

Autistic, Gifted and On A Mission
“Everyone tries to imply that my boy is normal and that someday he will fit in. My son did not come to this earth to be normal. He came to teach us something…and no one is listening,” Elizabeth declared to a group of parents. Elizabeth’s son is autistic. She believes he has a calling –... Read more »
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Parenting the Defiant Child

Parenting the Defiant Child
Standing in line with her peers, flashing a look at her “crush,” off came her hood and hat that I carefully assured was secure against the elements. Her long, black hair blew in the sharp wind. She smiled at me defiantly as she headed into school with her class. Surely she was now “cool” and... Read more »