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Dealing With Your Depression – Column III

January 31st, 2006

In this SERIES of monthly COLUMNS Dr. Stephen will help you: • Finding out more about your depressed mood • Naming that tune: A description of depressive and mood disorders • Change your depressed mood through action • Decide if you need medication SPECIAL NOTE: Dr. Stephen has added a DAILY SUPPORT feature to her Doctor Flamingo Online website. Visitors to the website can fill out a simple form about their goals for the next day around food plans, exercise, limit setting, and new behaviors. Submissions sent by 7:00 P.M. (PST) will receive a next day response... Read More

Signs of a Passionate Artist

January 1st, 2006

…by Suzanne Falter-Barnes A few years back, I had the great fortune to spend the day at the Vermont recording studio of a jazz musician named Chuck Eller. Chuck recorded my Discover Your Soul Purpose meditation CD, and offered to provide some background piano music as well. From the beginning, I knew the meditations needed some kind of scoring, but exactly what and how eluded me. There are no entries in the phone book for “Composer – Mystical, Healing, Background Stuff”. Furthermore, I had no idea how I was going to \’direct\’ such a musician. (“More... Read More

Funny as in Ha Ha

January 1st, 2006

…by Julie Clark Robinson “The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.”  -Sebastian R. N. Chamfort I\’m not even finished wrapping presents and I find myself thinking about New Year\’s Eve. Not necessarily what I\’ll do – being married with two children seems to solve that problem for a person – but more annoyingly, what will I resolve to change in 2006? I could put a couple years\’ worth of photos and home videos in order. I could drag my kids around to every soccer, piano, dance and martial arts class I can find. But, let\’s face... Read More

The Perfect Gift

January 1st, 2006

…by Prill BoyleHave you ever sabotaged a dream? Most of us at some point have dismissed an inspired idea without taking a single step towards its fulfillment. We might glance back from time to time, but we convince ourselves that our dream is neither realistic nor achievable. Don\’t be so sure. Let me give you an example. Like many young mothers in the mid-1970\’s, Carol made her own baby food from natural ingredients. She puréed batches of fresh fruits and vegetables and froze them in ice cube trays to thaw at some later point. One day a light bulb went off in her head. She... Read More

Get Out There! – Adventure Travelers Explore the World

January 1st, 2006

Marian Marbury loves to travel and loves the outdoors. Five years ago she combined these two interests and began her own business, Adventures in Good Company, offering other women the opportunity to have adventure travel experiences of their own. Joan Ruuska, 60, a database maintainer at the Federal Reserve Board, recently took Marbury\’s “Winter Medley” trip to Minnesota and is now looking forward to more adventure trips in the future. “It was the most exhilarating vacation I have ever had,” says Ruuska, who lives in Bowie. “I\’m originally from New England and have always enjoyed... Read More

Dream Big, Dream With Love

January 1st, 2006

The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all continuing holidays. It was observed 4000 years ago by the ancient Babylonians and has continued, with only minor interruptions, into modern times. Anything with a history that long and enduring clearly has deep significance for the human psyche. Perhaps it\’s simply a celebration of being alive, having made it through another circle of the sun. But for many of us there is also the recognition of death and rebirth, a letting go of what has been and surrendering to what is yet to be. Philosophers make the distinction between “being”–that... Read More

Living With Eternity in Mind

January 1st, 2006

“…Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14 Every year at this time a lot of people make many promises. Some of the New Year\’s Resolutions I have heard (or made) are: “I am going to pray an hour each day.” “I intend to read the entire Bible!” “I will lose thirty pounds!” “I promise to be nice to everyone I meet.” By the end of January, the list looks more like this: “I am going to pray when I can.” “I intend to read... Read More

Shades of Grey

January 1st, 2006

A paperweight sits on my desk, etched in silver the message: Life isn\’t always black and white. It serves as a reminder there are few absolutes at work (or in life). Yet, it would be easier if there were; if good ideas from bad, trustworthy people from non-trustworthy, and right paths from the wrong ones could easily be discerned. I\’ve learned in twenty years in management that increasing one\’s perspective increases the grey, as words like always and never become obsolete for describing most situations and most people. But early in my career, I was convinced there were right... Read More

Name Confusion

January 1st, 2006

I have known men to have names which generate confusion. One of the senior attorneys in my firm, a man named Leslie Stellman, has often been confused, sight unseen, for a woman. This means that when applying in 1968 to the Johns Hopkins University, he was informed that as a female, he was ineligible for admission. Only after he sent in a photo did the admissions people allow him entry into the university. Imbued with a passion for gender equality, he became an employment attorney and spent the past 30 years educating employers about the evils (not to mention the costs) of sex discrimination and... Read More

Embracing Possibility: Creating a New Year

January 1st, 2006

Now my best friend Susie would tell you, if she were with me today, that New Year\’s Resolutions just don\’t work. She doesn\’t make them. She doesn\’t believe in them. She\’s my personal New Year\’s Scrooge. And, to be fair, she has a point. If your Resolutions never move from a vague intention or an item on a list, they will indeed languish in the land of wishful thinking. There is a way, however to make them reality. And that involves a little ‘zen organizing\’ and some old-fashioned elbow grease. I\’d like to break the process down for you... Read More