What If Someone Stole Your Credit Card? Talk about Stress!

What If Someone Steals Your Credit Card Number?  Talk about Stress! Identity theft is nothing new. Ending up with a bunch of charges you don’t recognize on your statement can happen more easily than most people think. This horror happened to my new husband and me during our trip to Mexico to …

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The Sad Man: Emotions and Stress . . . .

The Sad Man: Emotions and Stress A Stress-Prone Woman Enjoying a Simple Afternoon At this moment I am typing, nestled in a carol in the Las Vegas Paris Casino Race and Sports Book. All aglow like a seal pup basking in the sun. Why and how is this possible? I’m not actually …

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“Should You Care What Other People Think?” Self Esteem vs. Self Centered.

Should You Care What Other People Think?  Self Esteem vs. Self Centered. You might be surprised at the answer.  The ways concern for “what other people think” influences our lives is not simple.  Knee-jerk responses are not answers.   Sometimes ‘caring what other people think’ is about more than a …

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Life, Death, Self-esteem, and Writing Stories, Part 1

Life, Death, Self-esteem, and Writing Stories, Part 1 This article was written as a guest post on the blog of Literary Agent Helen Zimmermann who has Project Publish, a helpful blog for aspiring writers. The topic of my entry is the emotional side of writing—specifically on how your life can …

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“What’s Wrong with You?” Criticism, Part Two.

“What’s Wrong with You?” Criticism, Part Two. Dateline: In the air over New Mexico, American Airlines Flight 78. It’s crowded up here in the clouds because New Mexicans levitate with the ease that you and I eat breakfast. I almost talked myself out of writing this element of “Conquering Criticism …

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What, Me Worry? Two Dumb Ways to “Think,” What Do You and Compulsive Gamblers Have in Common?

What, Me Worry?  Two Dumb Ways to “Think” What Do You and Compulsive Gamblers Have in Common? Dateline: The Bellagio Sports and Race Book, Las Vegas. If you don’t think we attempt to control all sorts of things that are outside our control . . . you should check out …

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Last Mexico Tourist Standing: The Welcome Riot

The Welcome Riot This episode cannot be justified without first reading:  My First Riot! Dateline:  I have absolutely no idea where I am. I know I’m in Mexico City, but beyond that, I don’t have a clue.  Okay, so now I’m in a taxi on the side or a road in …

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