Beyond Blue
December 2011 Archives

It’s that time of year again!!! Ready to hear it again??? DISCLAIMER: I am no Barbara Streisand. I’ve never taken a singing lesson in my life. Not one.The inspiration for this song came two weeks before Thanksgiving when I received […]

We often reach out during the holidays to the poor and homeless — sponsoring a family during Christmas, or distributing toys to children without presents. However, we often forget those that suffer just as intensely within the walls of psych […]

The following post, originally posted in December 2006, is one of my favorites for this season. I almost blew it today. I almost told David there was no Santa Claus, or Tooth Fairy, or Easter Bunny. The practical, cynical, depressed […]

All the Christmas movies–from the classic “Miracle on 34th Street” to “The Year Without a Santa Claus” preach a common message: faith is about believing without seeing.   In our family favorite, “Elf,” Santa’s sleigh, fueled by Christmas spirit, crashes […]

This article isn’t just for diabetics. I found the tips by Frederic J.Vagnini, M.D., and Lawrence D. Chilnick, authors of “The Weight Loss Plan for Beating Diabetes” to be excellent guidelines for everyone who is sugar sensitive, and I’m putting […]

I have prayed the Memorare every day since my mom (and others) told me to go to Mary with my depression. It’s clear from the words of this prayer that Mary hears all pleas, but especially those uttered in desperation. […]

Since so many people deal with grief, I thought it was important to repost this blog by Sandra Kiume over at PsychCentral. Click here to read the full article. Holidays tend to be family-oriented and if you’ve lost a loved […]

I have a theory regarding holiday stress: In the month of December, high levels of Cortisol (stress hormone) turn 80 percent of the American population into fruitcakes–just like the stale one delivered to your house yesterday. Because on top of […]

From “A Classic Christmas,” a compilation of beautiful reflections, meditations, and scripture passages.  The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. For to […]

My “9 Holiday Depression Busters” are featured in a Beliefnet gallery. You can get to it by clicking here. It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year–but not if negative emotions take hold of your holidays. So […]