Do You Make New Year’s Resolutions?  (Three Minute Read)

Do You Make New Year’s Resolutions? (Three Minute Read)

I’ll answer first.  I rarely make New Year’s resolutions because I cannot keep them.  One year, a friend and I resolved to not eat meat for the entire month of January.  I ate a hamburger on January 6th.  Obviously, I have zero willpower. How many times will you...
Is It Time for a New Holiday Tradition? (Three Minute Read)

Is It Time for a New Holiday Tradition? (Three Minute Read)

Changes happen in life and, as a result, holidays may look different.  Whether you’ve relocated or lost your job, whether you’ve had a baby or are a newly empty nester, whether you’re married, divorced, or in a new relationship, or whether this is...
My Son-In-Law is in Prison (Three Minute Read)

My Son-In-Law is in Prison (Three Minute Read)

Let me be clear, I do not have a son-in-law, so the title to this post is actually not about me. I was inspired by a woman I recently met at an anniversary party.  The second after she told me her name, she added that her newly married daughter was a lawyer, and that...
How Important is it to be Right? (Three Minute Read)

How Important is it to be Right? (Three Minute Read)

I recently had a conversation with a friend about politics. Imagine that! Well, at least it started that way. What it almost turned into was a shouting match. Good thing I’m a peacemaker . . .Do you know people who raise their voices in order to convince you of...
Vent or Solve? (Three Minute Read)

Vent or Solve? (Three Minute Read)

My name is Nancy, and I am an unsolicited advice giver. I am also solution oriented. As a Mediator, I am tasked with helping my clients to figure things out.  In my personal life, I’m responsible for making my own choices.   And along the way, I’m...
Are You Okay? Do We Need to Ask this Another Way (Three Minute Read)

Are You Okay? Do We Need to Ask this Another Way (Three Minute Read)

Is it okay to simply ask “are you okay?”Maybe we need to distinguish between the physical okay and the emotional okay. Obviously, if your toddler takes a tumble and starts to cry, the first thing you’re going to ask is if he’s okay. (Unless you’re my niece, Lisa,...
Money Language in Relationships (Three Minute Read)

Money Language in Relationships (Three Minute Read)

Partners sometimes speak different languages about money. Whether it’s due to gender, cultural differences, or paycheck inequality, divergent attitudes towards spending and saving can destroy a relationship. In fact, according to many experts, it’s the second leading...
Balancing Work and Play (Three Minute Read)

Balancing Work and Play (Three Minute Read)

Dolly Parton said it best:  “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” I admit it. My life isn’t exactly in balance these days. I’m focusing way more time on work than I am on play. And working mostly from home means...
Dealing With Bad News (Three Minute Read)

Dealing With Bad News (Three Minute Read)

Bad news happens. Whether it’s coming down from the Supreme Court, from your doctor’s office, or by a text from your kid’s guidance counselor, we all have to deal with bad news. Hopefully, though, not too often.My personal strategy depends on the...
Tough Talk About Aging Parents (Three Minute Read)

Tough Talk About Aging Parents (Three Minute Read)

Many people I know are dealing with aging parents or grandparents about some or all of these issues: (1) Care, safety and comfort; (2) Mobility; (3) Living situation; (4) Companionship; (5) Sexuality; (6) Mental capacity; and (7) End of life decisions.Wow! Tough...
Self-Care is More Than Just a Bubble Bath (Three Minute Read)

Self-Care is More Than Just a Bubble Bath (Three Minute Read)

What comes to mind when you think of self-care? Getting a massage? Going on vacation?  Is it something you brush off because you haven’t the time?  Do you put everyone and everything else ahead of your own needs and wants?  There’s a reason why the flight...