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December 14, 2018
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Remember or Forget: The Conundrum Regarding the Confederacy

December 14, 2018 14:32 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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In the past few years there has been a lot of attention paid to monuments and memorials that honor members of the Confederacy who fought in the Civil War. The basic argument seems to be: A. We must honor our country’s history and maintain and preserve these remembrances of times past. B. The War was fought to ensure the continuance of slavery and, as such, was an abomination. There are no easy answers, and, certainly, no consensus. Is it healthier to learn from the past, to acknowledge that “the past is prologue” (Shakespeare, The Tempest). Or, is it better to start anew and put the past away? [More]

December 2, 2018
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

when balance fails

When Balance Fails

December 2, 2018 19:42 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

when balance fails
Unfortunately, self-examination is painful. One is confronted with perceived deficiencies in a world that demands perfection. Those who ignore life’s grey areas cannot understand or embrace self-love and empowerment. The belief that a situation is all good or all bad builds a barrier that obstructs acceptance and understanding. At first blush, it is tempting to project one’s feelings of deficiency onto an outside source — just like the ancient scapegoat. [More]

November 4, 2018
by Patricia Tomasi

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Did You Get A Hug Today? New Study Says Hugging May Be An Effective Way To Combat Stress From Relationship Conflicts

November 4, 2018 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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While conflicts can leave us feeling uneasy, they’re a part of life and necessary at times when our boundaries are being violated. So how can we go about engaging in conflicts in a way that doesn't compromise our mental and physical health? A new study recently published in the Public Library of Science seems to have found the answer. [More]

July 18, 2018
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Which Neighborhood Do You Choose? Mr Roger's Documentary Seeks to Ask Questions to Our Generation

July 18, 2018 13:15 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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A new documentary premiered recently. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” about the philosophy and achievements of Mr. (Fred) Rogers. The film has received rave reviews from both critics, and the public in general. It is said that the reminder of a more gentle, accepting outlook on what life and behavior could be is an antidote to the deep recurring anger that has seemed to have taken over many everyday lives. Mr. Rogers’ message is, of course, “It’s you I like”. He proposed a world where individuals listen to, learn from and expand their horizons while airing their differences. [More]