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26 05, 2017

A Bully in Real Life

By | 2017-05-10T14:53:35+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Odd stuff|0 Comments

Life’s lessons come when you least expect them, and my mediation training comes in handy at such unexpected times. Recently, my husband and I adopted another English springer spaniel- Buddy. He is about 6 years old, and my husband and I are still getting to know Buddy and his temperament. Last weekend, I was walking Cookie [...]

18 11, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving !

By | 2017-05-13T07:41:30+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Odd stuff|0 Comments

Thanksgiving is in a few days, and I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Turkey Day! I also want to take a moment to thank each of you- my readers and clients- for reading my blog each week and for allowing me to help you and your own clients resolve [...]

20 11, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

By | 2017-05-13T07:44:00+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Odd stuff, Research|0 Comments

Thanksgiving is in a few days, and I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Turkey Day! I also want to take a moment to thank each of you- my readers and clients- for reading my blog each week and for allowing me to help you and your own clients resolve [...]

3 07, 2015

IT’S A GOOD THING WE DIDN’T SETTLE!

By | 2015-07-18T05:23:19+00:00 July 3rd, 2015|Odd stuff|0 Comments

Happy July 4th! I hope each of you and your families enjoy the holiday! As I am in the business of conflict resolution or resolving disputes, I got to thinking about the back story behind  July 4th. After all, it was a dispute that got settled by guns and warfare and not by a conflict [...]

19 12, 2014

Giving Yourself Permission

By | 2017-05-13T07:46:45+00:00 December 19th, 2014|Odd stuff|0 Comments

The holidays are upon us, and with them come the usual stress and tension that family events often bring. Over Thanksgiving, I had an experience that put it in perspective for me. Although I am supposed to be the conflict resolution person, it was a cousin that gave me a very much needed “reality check”, [...]

12 12, 2014

It is All in Your Perspective!

By | 2017-05-13T07:46:52+00:00 December 12th, 2014|Odd stuff|0 Comments

The December 2014 edition of The Atlantic contains an interesting article entitled “The Real Roots of Midlife Crisis” by Jonathan Rauch. In it, he notes that mid-life crisis is not a unique reality to the United States. Rather, it is a worldwide phenomenon explained by science and more particularly the “U” or happiness curve. (See [...]

18 04, 2014

The Five Stages

By | 2017-05-13T07:28:26+00:00 April 18th, 2014|Odd stuff|Comments Off on The Five Stages

In 2000, when I took my first mediation training class, my teacher discussed the five stages of loss and grief first proposed by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her 1969 book, On Death and Dying. The particular training course I was attending focused on divorce mediations and so the stages were relevant because of the loss and [...]

4 04, 2014

Thinking outside the Box

By | 2017-05-13T07:28:29+00:00 April 4th, 2014|Odd stuff|Comments Off on Thinking outside the Box

My dog Cookie loves to play catch (or more aptly, I throw the ball and she chases it!). Shortly after we got her, one of my neighbors told us that on one side of the Mormon Church (2 blocks away) was a great grassy side yard, more or less fenced in, that everyone uses to [...]