Category: Family & Parenting

Mindful Millennial Mom

  By Reanna Spain As a millennial, I’m part of the last generation of individuals who experienced life BC (before cellphones). Back before “office hours” became checking a quick email during dinner, and when reading the news meant sitting in your rocker on Sunday morning with a hot cup of Joe; not sitting in the stands of your kids t-ball game scrolling through Facebook during innings. Distraction doesn’t even adequately describe it: it’s just become the norm—all these things constantly vying for our attention with equal persistence. Who can blame us? Phones beep and buzz and light up. They...

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Right Livelihood: The Work We Do Matters

  By Peter Schaller My grandfather was a carpenter all his life. I don’t know if he ever told me how he learned the trade, but I do know that he built many houses in Connecticut, during a large portion of the twentieth century. He was born in 1900 and I suspect that he probably built most of the homes from the 30s to the 60s. I have always imagined him sitting with perspective clients, young couples pursuing the American Dream before it was kidnapped and held for ransom. They would have bright eyes and comfortable dreams, as my...

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Marital Advice to my Grandson, Joel {Book Review}

  By Alicia Wozniak “Ah, marriage,” sighed the divorced lady. Updating my LinkedIn account, I found a message from a man who recently published a book asking me if I’d do a review. I’m a fan of books, and offering my opinion. He wrote it for his grandson, which is adorable and something to cherish. I wish I had books from my grandparents. Marital Advice to my Grandson, Joel, by Peter Davidson, started off as a blog, offering bits of advice. Encouraging words from fans prompted the book to be written. It’s a charming and funny read, albeit a bit exhausting—old...

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I Got the Flu & it Changed My Life

By Gina Ficociello I write this lying in bed recovering from a life-changing illness. Not life-threatening; life-changing. I have the flu. I have had it before, but never like this. The first two days I lay in bed half conscious, either sleeping or praying for sleep. After the nausea and headaches subsided, I started getting up and trying to eat. Normally, I‘d love the idea of lying in bed reading and playing Scrabble on my phone, but I couldn’t concentrate at all. I zoned in and out for the next two days. Me and my thoughts. I realized that...

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Resolving to be More Mindful

  By Tanya Tiger Welcome to 2018. Here’s to putting the past behind us and moving forward. The new year gives me a solid place to stop and take a moment to reflect on where I’ve been and where I am going, or want to go, in the coming year. I don’t really do resolutions anymore. I used to set weight loss or fitness goals and set up timelines for new projects, but I discovered that I’m a bit of a rebel and locking myself into strict commitments right off the bat never seemed to work out for me....

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