by Arnie Kozak My basement was a disaster for months, a dumping ground for junk: empty boxes, retired appliances and gadgets, books, old LPs, outdoor gear. Each time I walked through the clutter, I felt anxious. I also felt stuck. And, because my studio is down there, no creative work was getting done. Perfectionism can […]
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When I was growing up, my mother encouraged me to watch old black-and-white movies with her. None of my peers was familiar with Rebecca, Mildred Pierce, or All About Eve, but I was. Mom would also play Broadway show tunes in the house, from musicals like Mame and Cabaret. I remember going to the art […]
By Janet Arnold-Grych We all have the power to accept and offer kindness—probably much more than we typically allow ourselves. And kindness, received or given freely, is amazingly powerful. A single act can change the cast of an entire day. Strung together, acts of kindness, particularly selfless acts, can dramatically change us. Our universal connection […]
Research shows that happiness is a choice, but did you know that resilience—the ability to bounce back, even from trauma—is something that can be learned? At the root of resilience is positive emotion, optimism, and the ability to adapt to change. It’s what fuels us to rebound from adversity, ward off stress, and fight depression. […]
I’m a very grounded person. People use that word to describe me all the time. I’m down-to-earth, practical, not easily swayed by trends. I have a strong sense of self. While I appreciate my inner sturdiness, I know that my spiritual muscles, so to speak, are weaker. I don’t feel a strong connection to that […]
The last six years have been the most difficult in my adult life. Since my ex-husband and I separated in 2008, I’ve been trying to build a life as a single woman. But I’ve had a hard time believing that good things are on the horizon for me since I lost the foundation that my […]
Many years ago, when I was living in Vermont, I taught English as a Second Language. I created my own little business tutoring the many engineers and scientists who came to Burlington to work at places like IBM and UVM and needed to improve their communication skills. I was really good at it—a natural—and yet […]