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December 2009 Archives

Prayer for the End of the Year: A Strange Thing Called Time

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Pope Benedict XVI writes a beautiful reflection about the concept of “time” and about how the end of the year offers us hope, peace, and an opportunity for change and conversion: The year is ending. This means, as always, that […]

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Some Christmas Humor

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Mindful Monday: Fall to Pieces–On Stigma and Mental Illness

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Mary Forsberg Weiland and Larkin Warren write a riveting book about mental illness.

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A Christmas Classic–Never Alone

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During the Christmas season I will be quoting from “A Classic Christmas,” a compilation of beautiful reflections, meditations, and scripture passages. I hope that these selections will help you to enter into this holy season and remember to rely on […]

It’s a Wonderful Life

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I am publishing this from my archives today because I’m taking the day off! I was really moved by Larry’s blog entry on the holiday classic, which I try to watch each year, to remind me that, despite my illness, […]

A Christmas Classic–Joy to the World

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During the Christmas season I will be quoting from “A Classic Christmas,” a compilation of beautiful reflections, meditations, and scripture passages. I hope that these selections will help you to enter into this holy season and remember to rely on […]

John McManamy: Surviving the Holidays

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Fellow blogging buddy John McManamy has some great, simple holiday advice on his blog. Be sure to check out his witty insights at Knowledge Is Necessity. Among them:   Keep your expectations low. We tend to do the very opposite, […]

A Christmas Classic: Do Not Be Afraid

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During the Christmas season I will be quoting from “A Classic Christmas,” a compilation of beautiful reflections, meditations, and scripture passages. I hope that these selections will help you to enter into this holy season and remember to rely on […]

A Christmas Classic: Take Time to Be Aware

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During the Christmas season I will be quoting from “A Classic Christmas,” a compilation of beautiful reflections, meditations, and scripture passages. I hope that these selections will help you to enter into this holy season and remember to rely on […]

Winter Solstice 2009: Let There Be Light!

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The winter solstice is actually the beginning of light. Yah!

Beyond Blue Turns Three! The Miracle of the Poinsettia

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It’s been three years since I penned my first post. Thank you for all your encouragement and support.

A Classic Christmas: We All Come Home

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During the Christmas season I will be quoting from “A Classic Christmas,” a compilation of beautiful reflections, meditations, and scripture passages. I hope that these selections will help you to enter into this holy season and remember to rely on […]

The Poet’s Cookbook!

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One of the reasons that swimming is so helpful to my sanity is because I’m always meeting really interesting people that I wouldn’t meet if I didn’t venture outside my blogging and mom world. I swim with an incredibly accomplished […]

Tales of a Recovering People-Pleaser

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How do I stop being a people-pleaser?

12 Ways to Manage Anxiety: Holiday Stress Tips

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A dozen tips for holiday stress management.

Giving Up My Flask: Panic, Valium, and Vodka

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Do you mix alcohol with sedatives?

What Is ShareWIK?

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Diana Keough launches ShareWIK.

Peace In the Midst of a Thousand Worries

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I read the following passage by the French Jesuit, Jean-Pierre de Caussade, S.J. as part of my morning meditation today, and it served to calm me before my hectic day. I hope it does the same for you: I hope […]

Mindful Monday: The Source of Miracles–7 Steps to Transforming Your Life Through the Lord’s Prayer

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Contrary to “The Secret” author, bestselling Kathleen McGowan says the Lord’s Prayer is the true source of spiritual transformation.

A Christmas Classic: God Comes

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Favorite Christmas quotes and meditations

Mindful Monday: Yes, Depressives, There Is a Santa Claus!

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Just a word on wonder and magic and the silent part of the season we often miss.

5 Ways to Build and Sustain Hope: An Interview with Anthony Scioli

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How do you find and sustain hope? The author of “Hope in the Age of Anxiety” shares how.

What’s Wrong with Positive Thinking? Simple Strategies to Manage Positive and Negative Thinking

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Think positively! Don’t think positively! Pursue happiness! Happiness is a trap! Negative thinking is bad for your health! Being “bright-sided” by positive thinking, as Barbara Ehrenreich recently warned, is bad for your health! What’s a thinking person to do?

Go Ahead, Tell Your Secret!

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Holding secrets contributes to depression. So tell yours to Frank Warren, of PostSecret.com

9 Holiday Depression Busters

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Holiday Stress and Depression Management. Holiday Stress and Depression Busters.

Dr. Ron Pies: Holiday Blues, With Some Shades of Grey

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Psychiatric Ron Pies weighs in on holiday depression.

Mindful Monday: When Mom Is Depressed

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Motherhood and depression: how Anthea Rowan came to understand the illness of depression after living with her mother’s during her childhood.

Mary: A Role Model for Mothers

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December is a great time to turn to the Mother of God for some tips.

10 Common Myths About Clinical Depression

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Read these 10 myths about clinical depression if you don’t think there is any stigma today.

The Informant! 7 Myths of Bipolar Disorder

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Are manic depressives a bunch of pathological liars with no conscience? Ah, no.

In Sickness and Health: 8 Ways to Help Your Bipolar Loved One Cope

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Awhile back I published a post about tips to help a loved one cope with bipolar disorder. Holly and her helpers compiled it into a lovely gallery which is part of the bipolar resource page. I’ve excerpted my introduction below, but […]

Angela Peterson: 10 Common Myths About Clinical Depression

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You can find Angela Peterson’s excellent blog post entitled “10 Common Myths About Clinical Depression” by clicking here. With her permission, I have reprinted it below. Almost every mental illness ends up accompanied by a barrage of myths, misunderstandings, and […]

Tiger Woods Alleged Affair: A Letter By a Man Healing From an Emotional Affair

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In light of the rumors about Tiger Woods affair, I thought I’d publish a letter of healing, a real response to what cheating does to a person and a family.

Tiger Woods Cheating Scandal: 8 Steps To Find Hope After An Affair

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With rumors of Tiger Woods having an affair, talk of cheating surfaces once more. Here are eight great tips for marriages where one or both partners are unfaithful.

Should You Snoop On Your Spouse Online?

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Check out the discussion on what you should do if you think you’re spouse is having an emotional affair.

Emotional Affairs Support Center

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If you are struggling with an emotional affair, please check out Beliefnet’s new Emotional Affairs Support Center by clicking here. Included on the page: a quiz to see if you are in a toxic relationship, the 10 red flags of […]

Group Beyond Blue: Frustrated!

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Be sure to tune into Group Beyond Blue, which hosts several interesting discussion threads. I especially liked the one called “Frustrated!” started by a Group Beyond Blue member, who wrote: I’ve been charting my moods this week on a 1-10 […]

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When Faith Turns Neurotic
When does reciting scripture become a symptom of neurosis? Or praying the rosary an unhealthy compulsion? Not until I had the Book of Psalms practically memorized as a young girl did I learn that words and acts of faith can morph into desperate measures to control a mood disorder, that faithfulness

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How to Handle Negative People
One of my mom’s best pieces of advice: “Hang with the winners.” This holds true in support groups (stick with the people who have the most sobriety), in college (find the peeps with good study habits), and in your workplace (stay away from the drama queen at the water cooler). Why? Because we

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8 Coping Strategies for the Holidays
For people prone to depression and anxiety – i.e. human beings – the holidays invite countless possibility to get sucked into negative and catastrophic thinking. You take the basic stressed-out individual and you increase her to-do list by a third, stuff her full of refined sugar and processed f

posted 9:30:12am Nov. 21, 2013 | read full post »

Can I Say I’m a Son or Daughter of Christ and Suffer From Depression?
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, we read: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” What if we aren’t glad, we aren’t capable of rejoicing, and even prayer is difficult? What if, instead, everything looks dark,

posted 10:56:04am Oct. 29, 2013 | read full post »

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