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Getting Taken to the Cleaners, the Poorhouse, or Worse–to Jail

December 12, 2011
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As much as your friends and family would love to protect you, it’s really your own job to avoid being betrayed financially, as you’re the one who has all the clues. Be your own detective regarding financially improper or criminal behavior. But how do you read those clues, and what should you be looking for? […]

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 15, 2014
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I find that October has a lot going for it as a month. Besides the tree leaves–purple, gold, and red– and  the weather–cool and crisp as a MacIntosh– just this past year, on October 1, a new nephew arrived in my life. It all adds up to energy, energy for a good fight, and that’s […]

Mental Health Awareness Week: Anxiety/Depression and Women’s Health

October 8, 2014
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If you’re anything like me (and let’s hope for your sakes you’re not), being aware really takes a lot out of you. With ‘aware’ having synonyms like ‘cognizant,’ ‘mindful,’ ‘wide-awake,’ ‘vigilant,’ and ‘wary’ (I took ‘conscious’ alright–I’m pretty sure I’ve got that pegged), expecting me to be ‘aware’ for any length of time seems to […]

Why You Should Care: October 6-12 is Mental Illness Awareness Week + Oct 10 is National Depression Screening Day

October 6, 2014
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I know, I know. Another Awareness week.  These things can get old fast. But behind each Awareness Day, Week or Month that we cover is an intricate tale of unmanaged suffering too painful to overlook. You might think mental illness (MI) affects only a small few–but you’d be thinking wrong. According to Kessler et al […]

October is “Talk About Prescriptions” Month

October 2, 2014
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When seeing the “Talk About Prescriptions” title of the month, some people (translation: almost anyone who knows me) get a little nervous. Talking about MY prescriptions with me could be a rather lengthy and uninteresting conversation. However, having to listen to your treatment-resistant mood – disordered spouse’s or sibling’s cocktails is not at all what […]

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Pain Awareness Month– Estelle and Narcotics Anonymous

September 8, 2014
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Twenty years ago a woman we’ll call Estelle* came to my office for coaching. Estelle was 84 and had been living with chronic pain from two failed back surgeries she’d had years earlier.  She’d been on opioid pain medication since before the first operation. As with my other pain clients, I was struck by the […]

September is National Yoga Month

September 1, 2014
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Although yoga has been a trend for years, It is such a complex practice, that speaking in Sanscrit is only part of it.   Iyengar, Ashtanga, yin (which speaks Chinese, not Sanscrit)–hot yoga, power yoga, peace yoga, and more,  While it takes work to master, anyone can get started;  observe the photo: man attempting Warrior […]

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