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Gratitude and Emmit

I adopted a dog this week and his name is Emmit. He’s a 7-year-old border collie and cute as can be.  We’re learning about each other and it’s such fun! I have to admit he’s a bit of a hot mess to look at right now- it looks like he hasn’t had a haircut since before the pandemic and I...[ read more ]

On the one hand…

I never want to be famous. Fortunately, that’s not very likely. If you’re like me, though, you’ve imagined having some of the perks. Influence, financial benefits, maybe free invites to cool places… Then I read the recent news about Naomi Osaka. (Here’s one article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/31/sports/tennis/naomi-osaka-quits-french-open-depression.html) There seems to be a lot of baggage that goes with being famous, including high...[ read more ]

Unimaginable

I don’t know about you, but I’m confused. I’m not sure whether or not I’m supposed to wear a mask or not, whether it’s actually safe to take it off or if wisdom suggests I keep wearing it a little while longer, if not forever. Like many of us today, wearing a mask has become a regular part of my...[ read more ]

How are things going?

Sometimes, things just don’t go the way you want them to. Sometimes, that “thing” is your brain. Your thoughts, the words you are looking for, your emotions... You are probably seeing many more articles and social media posts (including ours) this month for Mental Health Awareness Month. Partly because mental health issues are more prevalent than many know or like...[ read more ]

Unpredictable

Hey there. I thought I’d check in and see how you’re doing. It’s mid-May already…and it seems like it was just January. We’re definitely in Spring now! Gorgeous, unpredictable, beautiful and irritating if you have allergies. I find my emotions and moods follow the season and right now they’re unpredictable. Sometimes they’re up and I’m able to see the beauty...[ read more ]

Awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness month. It’s a time when we focus on ourselves in a way that we might not otherwise. I don’t know about you, but I tend to dislike “awareness months.” I get irritated with them because we’re inundated by them and it seems like there’s one for everything under the sun. Hang in there with me...[ read more ]

Holding Hope

It's easy for most of us to feel more hopeful this time of year. For some, especially this year. Not only are the flowering trees and spring flowers blooming in all their glory, but the availability of and actually getting the vaccine for many is a "shot of hope" as the Wellspan advertising proclaims. Sometimes it isn't so easy. Many...[ read more ]

Spring and My Growing Edge

Welcome to Whole and Holy Integrative Wellness! As of February 1, 2021, Susan and I (Michele) have joined our energies to form not only a therapy practice but a vision for integrative wellness that includes care for the mind, body and spirit. Whole and Holy Integrative Wellness is in its infancy and I’m really glad you are with us as...[ read more ]

It’s ok to not be ok

This stinks. Most of us hate change, especially externally imposed changes. And this inanimate, microscopic invader, this not-even-living thing, has done just that. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been on a roller coaster. Grief is kicking in. The uncertainty arouses anxiety. I reel from hope to discouragement to frustration to calm like a drunken sailor on the last...[ read more ]

Decisions, decisions…

I’m working on a lesson plan for the Center for Spiritual Formation’s spiritual direction training program. The topic for this day long session? Discernment. Decision making. I have about five hours to help directors-in-training understand how to help directees figure out what God is trying to tell them and how to act on it. It’s part of what therapists and...[ read more ]

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