Restoring Romance in Your Life

In the beginning of a relationship, both partners are leading separate lives and have much to share with each other.  Over time, couples often give up their independent activities.  They may let go of friends and interests, and start “living for” the other.  When people don’t have some time apart, a can relationship lose its […]

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McDonald's "Healthy Alternative" - Really??!!

There’s a feeling of inevitability in writing about McDonald’s latest offering, their “bowl full of wholesome” — also known as oatmeal. The leading fast-food multinational, with sales over $16.5 billion a year, represents a great deal of what is wrong with American food today. From a marketing perspective, they can do almost nothing wrong; from […]

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Advice For College Freshmen (& Their Parents)

Eighteen years flies by in the wink of an eye.  It seems like yesterday that my wife and I were dropping off our daughter at her first day of kindergarten.  I can still remember the look in my daughter’s eyes when she realized her mom and I were going to leave her in this strange […]

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Procrastination:  The Thief of Time

This is the second of a series of two articles that explore the dynamics of procrastination. In my last article, you learned what procrastination is and why people do it. In this article, you will learn how to change your procrastination behaviors and enable yourself to be more productive. In the first article I explained […]

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Coping with the "Holiday Blues"

“Tis the season to be jolly”? “It’s the hap-happiest time of the year”? Well, not necessarily. At least not for all of us. According to the National Mental Health Association, as many as four out of ten people will experience a “mild depression” during and after the coming holiday season. By “mild” depression, I think […]

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 Psychology of Clutter

My last column on the psychology of clutter resulted in more reader response then any column topic I’ve covered in the past.  Readers have called my office, sent me e-mail, and even stopped me in the grocery store to say how much they agreed with my commentary on how clutter has begun to burden our […]

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Parenting Teens 101

All parents are aware that parent-child communication can be very difficult at times.  Most parents are also aware that these “difficult” communication patterns can quickly become “impossible” during the teen years. Even though it’s normal for teens to begin to separate from their parents during adolescence, they need to know that the safety net of […]

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 Coping With Burnout

Richard dreaded waking up every morning.  The first thought to pop into his head each morning was that of facing work and of all the other responsibilities he had.  He felt drained, depleted, empty and trapped…and the day hadn’t even begun.  The temptation to stay in bed, to call in sick, was getting greater every […]

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 Fatigue Fighting Diet

Though fatigue is poorly understood, food researchers know that a better diet can keep us energized throughout the day. Read on to learn about the foods that help keep you feeling at your peak: Everyone from time to time experiences fatigue; for some it is an almost daily struggle. It can be a serious drag […]

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Financial Stress

Those of us who are old enough to remember “Popeye”’, also remember the quote made by hamburger-loving Wimpy, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”  This notion of having what we want now, with the intention of paying for it later, seems to have become a mainstay of American life. For many people, […]

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