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Building Successful Relationships: Keys to a Successful Marriage

November 24, 2014
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Building Successful Relationships: Keys to a Successful Marriage

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus Laura and Kyle went for marriage counseling. Laura was clearly upset. “Kyle’s on ‘automatic NO!’ ” Then she almost sobbed: “Even if I ask for a small favor it’s ‘No!’ ” Kyle retorted, “I don’t think that’s true, but I’ll tell you what is. Laura is forever finding fault with me and she criticizes everything I do. “ ••• Unhappily married people, many on the verge of divorce, tend to make the same mistakes. They frequently express disapproval, are highly critical, blame, accuse, use threats, and are likely to say “No!” to each other a lot.…

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My Dad’s Recipe: Norman’s Thanksgiving Cranberry Chutney

November 21, 2014
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My Dad’s Recipe: Norman’s Thanksgiving Cranberry Chutney

So here it is. It is almost Thanksgiving, and time to make my father’s cranberry chutney.  Chutney can be made out of almost anything, peaches, apples, apricots and usually vinegar to give it a sweet and sour taste.  This recipe has been in our family…

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Getting Your Act(ions) Together: Don’t Suppress Your Feelings

November 17, 2014
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Getting Your Act(ions) Together: Don’t Suppress Your Feelings

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Natalie tended to bottle up her emotions. “I was taught to sit on my feelings,” she explained. “In our family the girls were expected to smile sweetly and shut up.” After a course of assertiveness training, Natalie started verbalizing her…

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Film: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

November 14, 2014
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Film: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) | Director Alejandro González Iñárritu | Score: 7.7 When filmmakers make movies about theater, its generally to deconstruct the inherent artifice in the form, taking the audience backstage with gloomy actors peering into grungy mirrors, and high-strung directors having…

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A Smiley Lady’s Blog: Creativity #3

November 12, 2014
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A Smiley Lady’s Blog: Creativity #3

Creativity lies within us all. Sometimes we simply have to wake it up, call it to the fore and give creativity a place on your TO DO list. It’s the doers that get called creative. Today’s practice: Be a Do-er! Take a few minutes to…

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Getting Your Act(ions) Together: Taking Responsibility

November 10, 2014
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Getting Your Act(ions) Together: Taking Responsibility

Dr. Clifford N. Lazarus ••• Delia played the “blame game.” Whenever something was not to her satisfaction, she blamed someone else. She never asked herself if she had contributed anything to the situation. Even when clear-cut facts were brought to her attention, she refused to…

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Porch Farmer’s Plants “Hang” in Basement for the Winter

November 8, 2014
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Porch Farmer’s Plants “Hang” in Basement for the Winter

Well, the other day my neighbor and I, fellow porch farmers, got the plants off the porch for the winter.  It’s OK but I like seeing plants inside and outside, ones with flowers and leaves on them.  It lets you know that there is something…

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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