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Mindful Listening

Mindful Listening

From my unscientific observations over the last several decades, it is my conclusion that most people lack a very basic skill: the ability to listen. Actual scientific evidence of this can be found in studies that indicate people only remember about 25% of what...
The Santa Myth. Is It Good For Our Kids?

The Santa Myth. Is It Good For Our Kids?

In an article in the PostEverything section of The Washington Post this morning, novelist Jessica Grose writes about grappling with the inevitable Santa Claus questions from her 4-year-old, with the added twist that she is Jewish and her husband is Christian. Having...
Making a New Life: A House Becomes a Home

Making a New Life: A House Becomes a Home

In my last post, I described how things finally started coming together after an emotional two-month ride that had me on the brink of a breakdown. The timing was actually turning out to be perfect. Moving day was set for July 17th. That meant we’d be moved in...
My Own Glass Castle

My Own Glass Castle

I recently finished reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I’d never heard of the book until I saw a piece on CBS Sunday Morning about the release of the movie adaptation. As soon as I started reading it, I was reminded of my own childhood. Now, to be...

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