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Recipe for life: Gratitude, resilience, and community

Dr. Paul
Community of friends.

Lately, it’s hard to pick up a newspaper. Hurricanes, one after another, have pounded the Caribbean, Florida, and Texas. Mexico has been beset with earthquakes—hundreds have died. It seems like the earth has been in a state of crisis, taking out its fury on innocent men, women, and children.

It’s easy to experience compassion fatigue. As soon as the new hurricane hit, we didn’t hear much about Houston anymore. But trust me, there are still thousands of people in Texas up to their eyebrows in water logged furniture, walls, and belongings. Read more about Recipe for life: Gratitude, resilience, and community

The First Weeks of School

Dr. Paul
Kids running in the front door.

It’s happening. Kids have made it through the beginning of school with all its excitement and nervousness. Now the pace is quickening, and students are half way to their first progress report! (Help!) Teachers have set the tone for the year and clarified their expectations. They allowed the kids to accelerate slowly into the school year—but now they are up to speed. Read more about The First Weeks of School

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Reflections on Parenthood

Dr. Paul
Parents and kids laughing on counch.

Childhood is only a small part of our life. We are adults for the next 60 years or so. When our kids are in their 20’s they are trying to find their place on the adult stage. It’s another transition for us parents. Read more about Reflections on Parenthood

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Alcoholism & Substance Abuse

Dr. Paul
Man with a glass of whiskey.

Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend an Al-anon meeting with a family member. Alcoholism and substance abuse are equal opportunity diseases—they can impact families from all backgrounds. While I’ve recommended Al-anon to scores of my patients over the years, I had never actually attended a meeting myself. Read more about Alcoholism & Substance Abuse

Dr. Paul's Tips: Back to School

Dr. Paul
Back to school tips.

I can’t believe it! The long, warm days of summer are coming to an end. And what a summer! Aside from some days of smoky haze, we had great weather. The long dry spell made up for the long wet winter. But I will still savor the sunny days of September.

For kids and parents, the days before the start of the school year are busy. Families fill the malls with back to school shoppers— buying new clothes, new shoes, and replacements for worn out backpacks. I always loved getting school supplies—new notebooks, pencils, and crayons. Read more about Dr. Paul's Tips: Back to School

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Is this who we are?

Dr. Paul
Robert E Lee statue in Charlottesville, VA.

The recent events in Charlottesville were troubling and frightening. The images of adults carrying Nazi and KKK symbols, with weapons, openly in our country, brought back many terrifying memories to those of us that grew up in the fifties and sixties. Segregation in the south was a reality during those years.  Civil rights activists were beaten, arrested, and killed. To take a stand against segregation and for equal rights took enormous courage. A friend of my family was one of the civil rights activists who was killed during that era. Read more about Is this who we are?

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