Inspiration

Creativity, Part II (or, the sandbox is not just for kids)

Remember last week, when I wrote that ideas start to flow as we tap into our innate creativity? Well, there’s a reason for that. Carl Jung, the famous psychologist known for his theory of the Collective Unconscious, believed that not only does each human being have an individual psyche, there also exists a collective,

Creativity, Part II (or, the sandbox is not just for kids)2019-07-24T09:48:20-04:00

Creativity, Part I (or, where are those damn knitting needles?)

I used to think there were only two kinds of people in the world – those who were creative and those who were not. Until recently, I would have told anyone who asked that I fell squarely into the second camp. I can’t draw, I’m not particularly crafty, I don’t play an instrument, and

Creativity, Part I (or, where are those damn knitting needles?)2019-07-24T10:22:18-04:00

Making Sense of the Universe (or, musings of a lunatic)

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

Making Sense of the Universe (or, musings of a lunatic)2019-07-24T10:22:15-04:00

On Life After Death (or, calling all Psyc majors!)

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

On Life After Death (or, calling all Psyc majors!)2019-07-24T10:22:12-04:00

Love is the Point (or, baby goats are so darn cute!)

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

Love is the Point (or, baby goats are so darn cute!)2019-07-24T10:22:09-04:00

What’s New? (or, Look! A Squirrel!)

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

What’s New? (or, Look! A Squirrel!)2019-07-24T10:22:08-04:00

The Psychology of Confession (or, a cure for the blues)

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

The Psychology of Confession (or, a cure for the blues)2019-07-24T10:22:06-04:00

Synchronicity (or, how I was traded for a bag of McDonald’s food)

I married my high school sweetheart during my second year of college. As you may have guessed it wasn't the wisest decision I’ve ever made, and it was a difficult four years. However, when all was said and done, I wound up back in my hometown of Wilmington, NC, which actually worked in my

Synchronicity (or, how I was traded for a bag of McDonald’s food)2019-07-24T10:27:36-04:00

Motivational Interviewing (or, lessons from my students)

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

Motivational Interviewing (or, lessons from my students)2019-07-24T10:27:31-04:00