My two and a half year old toddler and I did our first mother daughter craft project: making a unique magic wand for use in her imaginary play.
Susan Levi-Goerlich’s work demonstrates the unique beauty and synergy that results from the combining of disparate disciplines.
It gets harder to make friends as an adult. Here are some ideas for making fabulous friends.
The Smithsonian Craft Show, held annually in Washington D.C., is a fantastic chance to meet artists and learn about their work up close and in person.
I use these tips to remain calm and cheerful during my lengthy daily commute and avoid road rage.
A pop song by Anna Nalick offers valuable lessons on mindful living.
Many of our personality traits are based on temperament, which is strongly influenced by genetics. Essentially, I was born this way!
This baby blanket pattern is knit in sections and then sewn together. It is fun, easy and creates a beautiful finished blanket to give.
The Enchantment Emporium is a fantasy novel set in modern Canada featuring the Gales, a large clan of magicians.
The first book in the new Dragon Prophecy series by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory, Crown of Vengeance offers an entertaining but not a captivating reading experience.
Becoming a physician is a long and arduous process and is not something to undertake lightly. Here are a few things to consider before you apply to medical school.
Suicide is not the answer.
One of my mother's tried and true techniques that I have carried into another generation: The Good Sister Present for managing sibling rivalry and jealousy.
What advice would I give to a couple about to be married? As my own anniversary is approaching, I contemplated the advice I would want to give to others.
Changing habits is a process that can be intimidating and difficult. Good preparation and planning as well as patience and persistence can make the difference between success and giving up.
Drinking alcohol is a popular pastime in the United States. However alcohol affects the brain in many ways that can be particularly dangerous for people experiencing mental illness.
The Dark Crystal was one of my favorite movies as a child and I still love it decades later. Although frightening in places, I believe that this movie has been important in speaking hope and beauty.
Researching health information on the Internet is a powerful tool, but how can you feel confident in the information you are finding? Here are some guiding questions.
What is normal? If 46% of people experience symptoms of mental illness in their lifetime, doesn't that make mental illness normal?
ECT, or electroconvulsive therapy, is a medical procedure that is used to treat severe, dangerous depression. While not free of side effects, ECT has been life changing for several people in my life.
How to transform your flavor palate from monochrome to technicolor! Learn to love new cuisines.
Many people eat for comfort, despite advice by experts that emotional eating leads to weight gain. Why do we do this, and how can we maximize the benefit while minimizing the damage?
Books help when it comes to teaching a toddler the ins and outs of civilized behavior! These series from Elizabeth Verdick are child friendly, comprehensive and fun!
The movies, TV shows and books we watch can powerfully influence our emotions. That's why we engage with them! But when you are ill, choice of media can support or hinder your recovery. Choose wisely.
Do humans progress through predictable stages of spiritual development? Theologian James Fowler suggests that we do, and offers this model.
Communicating effectively can be a key to better relationships and higher satisfaction in life. Here are a few simple principles.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a less common but well-researched and effective treatment for complex mental illness. Here is some brief information about the treatment and how to find it.
The choice to take an antidepressant can be a frightening one for many people. Here is basic information about one of the most commonly prescribed categories of antidepressants.
I've been told "never quit!" but lately I've been questioning the wisdom of this approach.
Pain is a basic fact of life, but acknowledging pain openly and thinking carefully about how to manage it can minimize suffering. Effective pain management involves the body, mind and emotions.
Knitting for a newborn baby is a special kind of joy. Here is one of my favorite simple patterns.
Focus is the first step in memory, and is easily disrupted by common illnesses and problems. A couple of simple techniques can improve your ability to pay attention.
Chronic trouble with sleep can leave you feeling down, grumpy and sore. It can also lead to health problems. Here are a few things to try (along with seeing a doctor!) to improve your sleep.
What's the difference between hurting and harming? When might it be necessary to hurt someone so that you can avoid harming them?
Many trauma survivors struggle with issues of blame and responsibility. The confusion can stop people from accepting the help they need. Here's a way to sort it out.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the best researched, most effective and most widely available psychotherapies in existence. Here is a basic explanation of the principles.
Treating mental illness is important, but staying mentally well is key to a healthy, happy life! Here are a few simple exercises to keep you mentally fit.