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How to cope with disappointment

Dr. Paul
Disappointed adult man.

The other day, an acquaintance told me— “I’m afraid to dream about the future. I’ve had so many disappointments in my life. I don’t want to be disappointed again.” As a psychologist, I’ve heard this sentiment many times. But when I asked him about these disappointments, he brought up events that are part of the natural course of life—the death of a loved one or changes in work life. His life hadn’t turned out the way he had imagined. When he was in his 20’s, he envisioned a different life than he is living. Now in his mid 50’s, he’s afraid to dream about the future. Read more about How to cope with disappointment


The holidays are around the corner

Dr. Paul
Family playing outside in the fall weather.

Thanksgiving is knocking on our door, with Christmas just around the corner. Autumn is always a busy time for families. School and soccer start with a bang in September. I remember chauffeuring my kids to practice and games. I don’t miss standing out in the rain while they ran back and forth! Progress reports have arrived and sometimes that suggests a readjustment of activities and structure. It's all part of the autumn cycle. Read more about The holidays are around the corner


Low back pain—ouch!

Dr. Paul
Senior man with lower back pain getting out of bed.

Several weeks ago, I was shopping at Macy’s. I bent over to pick up something and BOING, my lower back and glutes seized up! I was bent over in pain and could barely walk. I managed to get to my car and drive home. Feeling sorry for myself, miserable, my big plans for the weekend shot—I was pretty much good for nothing.

This wasn’t my first bout of lower back pain, but this was my first acute episode in several years.  What had I learned from previous occurrences? Generally, for me, these painful incidents were preceded by stress and tension. Read more about Low back pain—ouch!


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November 05, 2018

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Heel pain? When to see a doctor.

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Personally, I experienced this in Podiatry school after jumping into a new running program too quickly. It can be a painful condition. Fortunately, in my case, it resolved with a few simple treatments in the matter of several weeks. Read more about Heel pain? When to see a doctor.

Are you feeling foggy?

Dr. Paul
Reading by the light with child.

It’s time. Turn on the lights.

The days are getting shorter and as of the end of October, we have about 10 and a quarter hours of daylight. At the winter solstice, we only see the sun for about 8 and a half hours! It gets pretty dark around here. And that doesn't figure in that Seattle is the top city in America with the most number of cloudy days—226 to be exact. Read more about Are you feeling foggy?


Passing the generational baton

Dr. Paul
Young child working with older adult.

This month, my honorary aunt, Anita, passed away at age 95. Sadly, she developed Alzheimer’s in her early 90’s, and her last years were spent in assisted living. She was the last of my family and friends who were members of the “greatest” generation. These men and women lived through the Great Depression, World War II, the Holocaust, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.  They had cores of steel. My kids and I referred to my mom and her women friends as the “amazing ladies”. And, they were. Anita was the last one standing.

Now, I am the older generation. Read more about Passing the generational baton


Is it time for a school year reset?

Dr. Paul
Girl walking to school.

The beginning of October brings fall colors, rain, and student progress reports. How is Joey doing this year? The school year always starts slowly and then speeds up with a bang. It’s a new grade, with new expectations, and new learning. Everything gets a little bit harder than last year. In some grades (3rd, 7th, 9th, and 11th) much harder. Read more about Is it time for a school year reset?



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