Archive for May 2016

The Gifts of Communication

When you really stop and think about it, there isn’t any action that your body has taken that didn’t include some type of internal dialogue.  To some degree, every physical behavior has intentionality, a kind of conversation we have in our own minds, whether it be a litany of swear words, a thought process of... Read more »

10 Tips on Touring a Nursing Facility: The Enlightenment of an Informed Decision

Yesterday I had the honor of speaking to Tony Fischer, Senior Expert from The Elder Advocacy Group and Tami Neuman, C.O.O. of Silver Dawn Training Institute about a recent closing of a long term care facility in Michigan. Both from Michigan, this news hit home as they both work tirelessly to advocate for and educate... Read more »

Spinach in My Teeth and Other Things I Found After Public Speaking

I used to be afraid to speak in public.  Afraid to talk in front of crowds, afraid to make presentations, afraid to call strangers on the phone.  I recall the shakiness in my voice, the knots in my stomach and the sweat in my palms. For the most part I could avoid situations that called... Read more »

The Strange Science Behind Families

A friend of mine once confided that she didn’t necessarily always like her child. She loved them dearly, of course, but often found them irritating, annoying and a bit “high maintenance” for her taste. She continued by crying and adding that she was ashamed, feeling like a very bad mother for the admission .  Why... Read more »

The Psychology of "Thank You" Vs. "I'm Sorry"

My son has been at an intensive outpatient program for the past three weeks to address his social anxiety and insecurities related to his Asperger’s diagnosis.  Just turning 16, he has found the social difficulties begin to affect his friendships and school work. Every Friday is family day where we get to be involved for... Read more »

The Long Term Effects of the Easy Way

We’ve all heard the phrase work smarter not harder, but as I look at my normal day I realize that the easy way has serious long-term effects that measure way beyond the moment of implementation. I can say is this with great confidence as I drive in morning traffic. I was in the right-hand lane... Read more »

Rex W. Huppke and the Sunday Tribune at My Kitchen Table

I was encouraged to see the recent article in the Sunday Tribune that talked about the rigidity of anti-transgender voices by Rex W. Huppke.  So much so, in fact, that I have been carrying it around for the past two days.  I do that sometimes, carry cut outs of articles that I want to share... Read more »

Turning 16, Dante's Inferno and Communication

Today my son turns 16. His first couple years he struggled with some serious health problems that left scarring, huge medical bills and some residual long term effects. Many days felt like hell, especially when his survival was in question.  Regardless, he has turned out to be a pillar and model of strength in our... Read more »

The Elephant in the Room

Preparing to teach caregivers on empathy, emotional connection and our need to tap into our negative experiences as a way to relate to others, I realized that my preparation has infected my husband, in a good way. Late last week he found himself working with an older female, assisting her in purchasing her first car... Read more »

Daily Inspiration: Lost and Found

Inspiration is very important to me.  Important to find, important to share and mostly, important to hold onto once it’s achieved.  I find this the hardest issue of all when speaking of inspiration, as I often feel it slipping between my fingers like a fuzzy dog tail who does not obey when the front door... Read more »