My son is a big fan of Neil Degrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. For a school project, Evan created some laminated bookmarks, on which were written various quotes from famous scientists, like Tyson.  Of course, being an avid reader, I absconded with the bookmarks as soon as he brought them back home – one can never…

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Ok all you fellow Psyc majors, I know you’ve heard of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, MD, and her book, On Death and Dying. As any good Psychology major knows, Kubler-Ross is famous for identifying the five stages of grief (death): denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Truth be told, Kubler-Ross didn’t set out to find these “stages,” and in fact, resisted…

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  I just watched an insanely adorable video about Leanne Lauricella and her Goats of Anarchy. Leanne rescues and rehabs baby goats who have injuries or birth defects, many of whom would otherwise be euthanized. When Leanne quit a good job in New York City to pursue her passion, people called her crazy! They wondered why she bothered saving…

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Guess what? I am a neophiliac! I just realized there is a word for those of us who constantly crave new or novel experiences. Traditionally, novelty-seeking has been thought of as a negative trait, due to its correlation with impulsiveness, extravagance, and substance abuse (we are easily bored and perhaps, therefore, seek alternative states of consciousness). However, researchers now…

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  The other day, a colleague and I were having a philosophical discussion (in other words, we were talking about religion). As we contemplated various religious practices, wondering about their purpose and benefit, we of course, hit upon the practice of confession. I mentioned that when I lived in south Texas, I would sometimes attend church with my Catholic…

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As many of you know, I am the School Counseling Director of the alternative school in my district. I work with 80-100 students in grades 6-12, many of whom have behavioral challenges. During this past school year, I completed an intensive course in Motivational Interviewing. Because MI is an evidence-based counseling technique that helps strengthen intrinsic motivation for change,…

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Disclaimer: Remember in my first blog when I asked my readers for one favor – read with an open mind? Well… With that out of the way, let’s jump right in! As you know from my radio interview, I’ve spent a great deal of time wrestling with many of the tenets of my Christian faith and attempting to reconcile…

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  Those of you who, like me, grew up in the 70s and 80s realize the incredible speed with which technology has advanced over the past 40-50 years. Shoot, I remember as a pre-teen, taking family road trips to Florida to visit relatives. My brother and I would sit in the back of the station wagon re-playing episodes of…

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I recently ran across an opinion piece in The Week, entitled The Ugly Truth of Canada’s Welfare State, by Shikha Dalmia. The very first paragraph struck me… She wrote, “The central project of the liberal welfare state is to build a society based on a high-minded ethic of altruism rather than narrow self-interest. The whole point is to create…

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