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Category: Mindful Life

This Is Us Is My Family

Image: Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, and Sterling K. Brown in NBC’s This is Us This Is Us I am not alone when I say that This Is Us is one of the best shows on television. Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, and Justin Hartley win…

The Great Family Betrayal – Why I Did What I Did

Image: My three paternal great aunts — Amelia Bramwell, Emily Nemer, and Helen Pittsley (family photo, year unknown) One Woman’s Legacy My great aunt Helen passed away this past year. To think of all that she had experienced in her 103 years is wondrous. The year she was born was…

What Groundhog Day Teaches Us About Today

Image: Andie MacDowell and Bill Murray in Groundhog Day (1993), Columbia Pictures Time Is of the Essence In the movie Groundhog Day, one of my all-time favorites, self-absorbed weatherman Phil Connors is forced to live the same day over and over again — until he gets it right. That…

Bounce Back When It Counts

Image: © Sergey Nivens (Fotolia.com) Life Is Basketball We live in New England, but instead of cheering for the Boston Celtics, my son rocks a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey. At least that was the case until the Cavs traded his favorite player, Kyrie Irving, to the Celtics. Then again, since it…

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Image: Image (from left to right): Juliette Lewis, Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, and Johnny Galecki in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989), Warner Bros. The Perfect Christmas Tree You see it time and again in the movies and on television. Unless it’s A Charlie Brown…

The Time I Had a Winning Lottery Ticket

Image: Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love (2010), Columbia Pictures You Can’t Win If You Don’t Play Not everyone identifies with Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling novel Eat Pray Love. After all, few people have a year to spare, not to mention the means to…

9 Myths About Sexual Harassment and Abuse

Image: © Adiano (Fotolia.com) #MeToo On October 15, 2017, Alyssa Milano tweeted, “If all the people who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too.’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” In 2006, Tarana Burke, activist and…

It Hurts When They Don’t Believe You

Image: Clasky Common Park, New Bedford, MA (Kenneth C. Zirkel / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain) Where It All Began There are moments in your life that change you, for better or worse. You have three choices. Either you remember them with vivid detail, you block them out entirely, or you remember…

What It Means to Be Family

Image: Castello di Montebello, Bellinzona, Switzerland, © Boris Stroujko (Fotolia.com) Putting Family First One Christmas in high school I bought my boyfriend at the time two small gifts. The problem? I had purchased only one gift for each of my family members. When my father found out, he was livid…

Time to Stop the Intolerance and Hate

Image: © benjaminec (Fotolia.com) Intolerance in America We are as much in a civil war now as we were when the North and South fought brother against brother in 1860’s Gettysberg. Only now it is not only about race and slavery. It is about gender and religion and…