Opinion Archive

The Bookworm Sez:
Dog lovers may ‘bark’ at this one

You always know where your dog is. Right now, for instance, he’s at Doggy Daycare. She’s getting groomed, or she’s at the neighbor’s for a visit. He’s outside or inside or laying right at your feet. No matter where he flops down, you know where your dog is but, as in the new book “Rescued” [ Read More ]

Everybody Has Issues:
Life sneaks up on you

A therapist tells her personal journey Depression does not stroll up to you and introduce itself. No, depression can sneak up on you silently, insidiously gaining ground as you walk through life’s experiences. When I was 28 years old I seemed to have a great life. I had a marketing degree and was working in [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez:
‘Hungry readers’ will devour this

“Write that down.” Your teacher says that all the time in class. Your parents might say it, as a reminder because sometimes, writing things down can be important. And as you’ll see in the new book, “Kid Authors” by David Stabler, illustrated by Doogie Horner, written words can also be magic. For as long as [ Read More ]

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 ]


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