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Managing your time and energy

Dr. Paul

In the 21st century, both time and energy are in short supply. Many of us have plenty of food, maybe even too much. A lot of us have decent shelter, although it’s gotten more expensive. But, we struggle getting everything done, day to day and week to week. And after time with our kids, our partner, work, laundry, the yard, the house, shopping, cooking and cleaning, we are short on time and energy for ourselves. After all of those “to do’s,” we’re out of gas. Each of us only has so much vitality, both physical and mental. Some of this is constitutional. Read more about Managing your time and energy

Spring cleaning

Dr. Paul
Mother and son vacuuming the house.

Spring is here! The trees are leafing out with their palette of green. Spring flowers are blooming everywhere and fruit trees are wearing their multi-colored blossoms. It’s nature’s moment of renewal and celebration. Read more about Spring cleaning

The value of team sports

Dr. Paul
Team of rowers.

Mary Jean is worried about her 15-year-old daughter, Sarah, who struggles in school. She’s often an indifferent student—her real passion is soccer. She isn’t the best player on the team, but she loves the sport and puts huge effort into every practice. She gets along well with the rest of her team, works hard, always shows up, and doesn't give up when the going gets tough. She listens to her coach. And while she’s a strong competitor, and would love to have more time on the playing field, she doesn't complain when it’s her turn to sit on the bench. Read more about The value of team sports

Becoming the person you hope to be

Dr. Paul
Grandfather teaching grandson to water.

Two months ago, I retired from my job as Director of the Behavioral Health department of The Everett Clinic. I was hired 25 years ago to start the department, and for a quarter of a century I was at the helm. It was a great job. Sure, I had my ups and downs, but I loved having the opportunity to try out different ways of providing a high quality service to our patients. During those years, I also saw patients half-time as a psychologist. I had the privilege of working with many kids in the 1990’s who became adults and then had their own children. Read more about Becoming the person you hope to be

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Fathers and sons

Dr. Paul
Father and son bonding.

On April 1st, my father would have celebrated his 99th birthday.

When he was 87, he learned that he had inoperable lung cancer. When he told me, I was surprised how sad I felt. He had always been relatively healthy—despite having the usual cardiovascular problems of older age. I thought I was prepared for the inevitable. I wasn’t.

As an adult, I always felt distant from my father. We spoke different languages. He was a scientist, a technician, an engineer who lived in the world of facts, symbols, and numbers. I am a psychologist, who lives in the world of people. Read more about Fathers and sons

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In the news: Flu season still going strong, but might have peaked

April 01, 2019

The Everett Herald reports on the number of Snohomish County residents who have tested positive for influenza.

Everett Clinic Dr. Yuan Po-Tu contributes:

“We may have seen the peak of the 2018-2019 outbreak,” said Dr. Yuan-Po Tu, who monitors influenza issues for The Everett Clinic.

“The levels are still very, very high,” Tu said. “But this is better than last week. Read more about In the news: Flu season still going strong, but might have peaked

Are you a "snow plow" parent?

Dr. Paul
Caucasian family sitting together smiling.

The recent news, about wealthy parents enlisting the help of a “college admissions” company to falsify their children’s college application, has received a great deal of publicity. Frankly, what these parents did was disgusting. Some of the kids had no idea their parents were pulling strings, while I’m sure others knew perfectly well what their parents were up to. Children growing up in wealthy families know all about privilege—getting to the head of the line isn’t a new experience for them. Read more about Are you a "snow plow" parent?

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