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Pets and People

By | Family, Relationship

The relationship between pets and people is a long and detailed topic to discuss. Our animal companions are with us in a variety of ways. There are the animals that work such as herding livestock,  guarding a place, police work, sniffing contraband, guide dogs, therapy animals, the list goes on….

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Mindfulness and Meditation: The Newest Fad or a Doorway to Mental Balance?

By | Mental Health, Substance Use/Process Addiction

The terms “mindfulness” and “meditation” have become such buzzwords in our current culture that one wonders if they are the psychological equivalent of the latest overhyped “lose weight quick” fad. However, mindfulness and meditation’s benefits have been experienced worldwide for at least 3,000 years! While mindfulness and meditation are closely…

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Miracles Within Miracles

By | Family, Mental Health

Unblinded is the true story of Kevin Coughlin who became suddenly blind due to a rare genetic disorder known as Leber’s. Twenty years later, without medical intervention or explanation, his sight miraculously began to return. But that’s not the full story. At the lowest point of his life—blind, jobless and…

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Mindful Eating During the Holidays

By | Mental Health

The holidays are a time filled with fun and celebrations. While they are full of excitement, they can also be a time of heightened stress and overeating. Tis the season for holiday parties, bake-offs and cookie swaps in addition to the added stress of shopping and planning—a recipe of events…

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An Alternative Way to Resolve Conflict

By | Uncategorized

People deal with conflict most every day. Many of them turn to litigation and the use of the legal system to resolve disputes. But the court system costs too much, takes too much time and involves uncertainty, loss of privacy and an adversarial win-lose mentality. Frequently, the outcomes from the…

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But It Doesn’t Hurt!

By | Mental Health | No Comments

As a dentist, I hear this expression often. People use it as their reason for skipping their recare appointments, not wanting dental x-rays, being surprised that they have a cavity, and especially when they’re told they have periodontal disease (gum disease). I find analogies to be a great learning tool….

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Insist on a Healthy Work/Life Balance

By | Mental Health

By Kerry Wekelo ( Work and home used to have much clearer boundaries than we now have in this information age of 24/7 connectivity. We tend to blend work with just about everything else, but then compartmentalize how we view work versus our personal life and outside activities. We forget…

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