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To make resolutions or not

Dr. Paul
New Years resolutions.

It’s hard to write about New Year’s—so much has been written about this holiday.  Some years, pundits suggest that making resolutions is a good thing. But then the next year, we’re told that no, it’s a bad idea. Of course, like most adults, I’ve made scores of New Year’s resolutions. Some lasted one week, some persisted for several months, and a scant few have been helpful, launching me forward on a chosen path. Read more about To make resolutions or not

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Holiday stress

Dr. Paul
Stressed woman Christmas shopping on mobile device.

By now, holiday mayhem is peaking.  Smart holiday shoppers are closing in on their gift list for family and friends. Our local online company, Amazon, has made it easier to shop from home, resulting in less mall crawling and braving the crowds.

But that doesn't mean that holiday stress is over. Read more about Holiday stress

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How important are grades?

Dr. Paul
Child showing good grades.

I’ve had a successful career as a psychologist. I’m the Director of The Everett Clinic’s Behavioral Health department which I started 25 years ago. Several years ago I was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for my contributions to the clinic. I’ve also published many articles in professional journals. Read more about How important are grades?

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Coping with holiday sadness

Dr. Paul
Lighting a calendar with family members.

Before sunrise, the sky still dark, I start my walk around Greenlake. It’s quiet in the early morning, with just a few walkers or joggers. I love watching the sky grow lighter, slowly illuminating the trees and the shore of this urban green space. As dawn breaks, I hear the winter birds start their daily song.

This time of year, as I watch the sunrise, I’m sad. I think of my mother who passed away 5 years ago this winter. She had a heart attack right after the Christmas holiday and died two and a half months later. She was 92. Read more about Coping with holiday sadness

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