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Talking to your children about terrorism

Dr. Paul
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Recent events in Paris, Beirut, and Egypt disturb our sense of security and safety. It’s impossible not to experience the impact of these terrible and senseless acts of violence. Adults are glued to news stations, the Internet, and radio, reading and hearing about the events as they unfold. The world is connected by the speed of light. Diners, huddled under restaurant tables, while gunmen shoot innocent bystanders, videotape the mayhem by cellphone, post the media on YouTube, and it’s sent around the world in nanoseconds. This is the world we live in. Read more about Talking to your children about terrorism

The Art and Craft of Leadership

Dr. Paul
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The other day I was leading a staff meeting in my department at The Everett Clinic. We were discussing some important issues in our work. After the meeting, I felt that I hadn’t done a very good job in my role as a leader…I did too much talking and not enough listening. I hadn’t facilitated a very productive discussion--I was disappointed in my performance. This stimulated me to think about the nature of leadership. Read more about The Art and Craft of Leadership

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Our future is unknown and uncertain

Dr. Paul
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My good friend, Steve, died last week, 8 months after his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. I spent many hours with him over these last months, trying to provide him with support and companionship. It was very painful to watch him slide towards his death. At the end of his life, the cancer had stripped him of every ounce of muscle. He was skin and bones. He was able to die at home, surrounded by his family. Read more about Our future is unknown and uncertain

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Supporting Your Partner

Dr. Paul
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The other day, two parents sat in my office, discussing their very different parenting styles. Mary tends to be strict and likes to set clear limits for their 11-year-old daughter, Sarah. Tim appreciates a softer touch--he is sympathetic to Sarah's challenges. He is more likely to give their youngster what she wants, if he feels that she has a good reason. Their problem is not their differences--it’s that they don't support each other on the family battleground. When an issue arises--they argue with each other in front of Sarah about what to do. Or, one rolls their eyes at the other. Read more about Supporting Your Partner

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