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    Special Topics,  Thinking

    8 Places Where You, Self-Care, and Advocacy Meet

    I’ve been thinking a lot about advocacy. Avocate is both a noun and a verb. I remember very few profesional situations in which it wasn’t a significant component of the work. Child protection. Addiction treatment. Domestic violence and sexual assault services. Community action and anti-poverty work. When I think about the timeframes of my work in those arenas, the need for advocates makes a lot of sense. We were needed to speak up for alcoholics and other addicts as sick people who needed treatment rather than…

  • Fun & Inspiration,  Happiness,  Special Topics

    Hopeful Trending in 2021 or What Bernie Memes Mean to Me

    Oh, boy. It seems that the wild ride that was the most welcome end of 2020 and early January news kept many of us from the annual “what’s hot and what’s not” lists. My family’s temporary relocation has postponed my pithy observations even longer. Most of the time I’m just amused by the trends predicted for a new year but this time was different. I was at least mildly curious about color and fashion trends, but what I really wondered was how any 2021 trends (and,…

  • Happiness,  Special Topics

    Don’t Panic When Time Moves Too Fast — Click Here to Opt Out

    This first appeared before the arrival of Covid-19 so I guess that most of our family members were a bit more prepared for these scaled back holidays. And, with the exception of limited opportunities to exercise volition, I’m feeling a lot of the same things. Opt Out of a Whole Bunch of Frantic? From giant Thanksgiving meals to champagne at midnight on the last day of the year and a whole bunch of frantic in between… ’tis the season. Fa-la-la. And if it’s true that time moves…