Yearly Archive for 2010

: 2010

Last Minute Gift Panic? Here’s Fail Safe Advice

Let me start with my father. Now, I love my father of course. He’s a good man. What he is not — and I am not the only one who says this — is particularly colorful, or say, imaginative. My father has
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Holiday Stress Part 3: Sleep

Someone sent me this blog post from the Huffington Post on how to get better sleep. The tips come from a “life coach” named Geraldine O’Keefe. I’ll save my little rant on “life coaching” for another
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A Great White Shark Ate My Leg: And Other “Experiences”

I’ve written before about the “Experience” project at the British newspaper The Guardian. It is a remarkably simple and powerful project, and a wonder that nobody else has pulled it off as well in all
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The Holiday Blues Part Deux: More Challenges, More Ways to Deal

So, in my last installment I discovered — early on — my burgeoning emotionality as the holidays approach. Not bad. At least this year it didn’t come gurgling out in the car in the parking lot of the
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The Holiday Blues: Here they Come. Some Tips to Stay Ahead of the Game

Boy am I slow on the uptake. I was watching television on Sunday night (“In Treatment” if you want to know) and I started running my hands over the top of my head and then, yup, cried. So what’s the
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The Election and Our Narcissism: Why we vote like children

I don’ t think I’ll stray into politics very much but the mid-term election was fascinatingly disturbing. “Change,” they cried. Isn’t that what we heard in the last election? Doesn’t it strike anyone
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More Reasons to Step Back From Your Job

I don’t think there’s any question that job stress is on the increase. Here’s the downlow. They don’t need us anymore. They really don’t. I believe it was French President and former general Charles
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Helicopter Parents: Are you a drag on your children, or their only hope

If I haven’t mentioned this before, I do some of my work at a University that shall go unnamed. I know that I’m getting old. I know that. Still. I find as I walk around the campus that at times I want
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Lying to Ourselves: The “Convenience” of Memory

I was interviewed last night by a writer I know who is working on the biography of an eminent friend that we share. I anticipated how it would go. This “eminent friend” was very influential in my life
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Leaving Home Part Trois: When a Parent Dies

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to leave home, and how hard this is to do. I was in some ways unfortunate growing up in that we moved around all the time. No sooner had I found my feet
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