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Strategies for Staying Sane: Enhancing Your Five Senses

April 21, 2014
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Strategies for Staying Sane: Enhancing Your Five Senses

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Stan was described by someone as “up in the stratosphere.” He seemed to dwell on abstract intellectual issues to the exclusion of all else. He admitted that he did not particularly enjoy food, sex, music, or social gatherings, cutting himself off from most of the joys of living. ••• Although Stan is an extreme case, we can all add more enjoyment and pleasure to our lives.  How? By cultivating our senses! Too many of us are out of touch with our sensory delights, mainly because today’s world is so packed with information that we are…

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Film: Oculus

April 17, 2014
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Film: Oculus

Oculus | Director Mike Flanagan | Score: 5.9 All film genres have their tropes; it’s just that horror has them posted like large, bobbing buoys in a restless sea. From watching countless such flicks, we can extrapolate the following to be self-evident: pets = dead…

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Strategies for Staying Sane: Using Paradoxical Techniques

April 14, 2014
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Strategies for Staying Sane: Using Paradoxical Techniques

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Clay was at his wit’s end. His mother-in-law often offered him free and unwelcome advice in the form of personal attacks. He went toe-to-toe with her once or twice, but this only aggravated matters. “What can I do to get…

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Film: Child’s Pose

April 12, 2014
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Film: Child’s Pose

Child’s Pose | Director Calin Peter Netzer | Score: 6.8 In a well-to-do Bucharest apartment, an older mother is complaining to her sister about her grown son. “If it was up to him, he wouldn’t call for ages,” she laments, swinging her cigarette to her…

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Strategies for Staying Sane: A Special Empowering Image

April 7, 2014
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Strategies for Staying Sane: A Special Empowering Image

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Leon had a demanding job and often felt stressed out. He grew concerned when his doctor told him that his blood pressure was too high. He discussed the situation with a close friend who mentioned a mental imagery method he…

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Film: The Unknown Known

April 5, 2014
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Film: The Unknown Known

The Unknown Known  |  Director Errol Morris  |  Score: 6.7 To get a quick insight into the mind of Donald Rumsfeld, the former Secretary of Defense in the G.W. Bush administration, in documentary auteur Errol Morris’ latest ‘hang-by-their-own-rope’ opus, consider the title of the film itself.…

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If You Like Your Trees, And Want to Keep Them, Easy on the Mulch!

April 2, 2014
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If You Like Your Trees, And Want to Keep Them, Easy on the Mulch!

These trees have way too much mulch and their bark will rot and kill the tree! Spring is almost in the air, I saw some landscapers putting mulch around trees in a flower bed.  It tidied  the place up and pulled it together visually.  All…

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A Quote for You

I came to understand that is was all right to do things for people as long as I did it for the sake of doing it... the value being more in the act than in the result.

- Joanna Field