Opinion Archive

Everybody Has Issues:
Learning how to manage difficult life transitions

Life cycle transitions which are out of our control, especially ones which occur violently (e.g., hurricanes), not only test our ability to adapt, they may leave us disoriented and struggling to cope. Life changes force us to leave behind what is familiar and adjust to new ways of living, even if we feel unprepared. Our [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez:
A ‘pretty’ useful guide to beauty

Oh, that’s not good. There’s more hair on your shower drain than there is on your head. Not good at all, but thanks, Chemo, for that and for dry skin, no eyebrows, weight fluctuations, and brittle nails. You’re trying to get better; looking better shouldn’t be so impossible. With “Pretty Sick” by Caitlin M. Kiernan, [ Read More ]

Everybody Has Issues:
The impact of hurricanes on mental health, part two

Last week, I mentioned that the Red Cross solicited mental health clinicians trained in disaster responsiveness or crisis management to come to the aide of the survivors of recent hurricanes. Clinicians will follow the Red Cross’s PsySTART™ Behavioral Health Triage System, which involves asking survivors a series of “yes/no” questions, as follows: – Saw/heard death [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez:
This may be a difficult book

Your child needs a hug. Truthfully, so do you: the family pet has died, and you’re all missing that furry little face and the jingle of collar tags. It breaks your heart and your child needs a hug, as well as some answers to her questions about loss and faith. In “When is Buddy Coming [ Read More ]

Everybody Has Issues:
The impact of hurricanes on mental health, part one

The devastation from recent hurricanes made me think about a premise in psychology known as “Hierarchy of Needs.” Psychologist Abraham Maslow proposed that all of us have certain needs, and that those needs have an order of importance. Imagine a drawing of a pyramid divided into five levels to show how the needs build on [ Read More ]

Everybody Has Issues:
Dreaming of a good night’s sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is important for good mental health. Everything from daily stress to mental health disorders can cause difficulty sleeping. We might ruminate over worries at night, or feel like our bodies just won’t shut down. I often hear these complaints from clients, and we start by designing a healthy sleep routine. [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez:
Little house and big ideas

Packing stinks. Wrapping up all your things, cushioning breakables, putting things where you won’t find them for months. Ugh. Is it worth it to have a new home? A new life? As in “Caroline: Little House, Revisited” by Sarah Miller, is the sacrifice worth a new beginning you’re not sure you want? She loved him [ Read More ]

Weekend Walker:
At Serpent Mound

(Editor’s Note: The print version of this story in the Sept. 14 edition of the newspaper incorrectly titled this column, “Weekend Walker: At Serpent Mountain.” Our sincere apologies for the error.) If you’d like to soak up some ancient culture with your nature walk, you can’t ask for more than a visit to Serpent Mound [ Read More ]

Marc Hoover:
Should Bengals fans panic?

Last week, the Baltimore Ravens humiliated the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium by a lopsided 20-0 score. Tonight the Bengals have a chance to redeem themselves by hosting and defeating the Houston Texans who also lost last week 29-7 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Texans may even start rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson. Both teams [ Read More ]

Rick Houser:
My desire was to be Hercules

As we grow up we see hero characters such as Superman and Davey Crockett who we want to be just like. I was no exception. When I was about fourteen years old there was a series of movies most often shown on Saturday and Sunday afternoons when little was on the television to watch. The [ Read More ]

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