Paying Attention: How Orange Jello Changed My Life

Paying Attention to What You’re Paying Attention To: The Orange Jello Incident My in-laws lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which is about a nine-hour drive from Austin. Why do I mention the length of the trip? Because, nine hours is a long time for a husband to listen to his wife …

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Paying Attention to What You’re Paying Attention To, Part 1

What Do You Mean, You Didn’t Notice? Paying Attention to What You’re Paying Attention To, Part 1 The Green Wallpaper Incident Dr. A is a fifty-two-year old psychiatrist who began the hour saying: “I’m satisfied in most areas of my life, but for some reason, every long-term relationship I’ve been …

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Which Is More Important? Food or Love?

Which Is More Important?  Food or Love? What Humans Want Most As my husband and I headed across a parking lot to the car after breakfast at “The Egg and I” when when a young man bent under a backpack that says “Everything I own is in here” and a …

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MysteryShrink Shorts: What Makes You So Special?

MysteryShrink Shorts: What Makes You So Special? One of my young stepdaughters, tears in her eyes, had handed me a lowly Honorable Mention ribbon after a riding contest which had gone poorly. When I greeted her all aglow with compliments, she’d asked with a tad of bitterness, “How can you …

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What Is Emotional Closeness? How Do Rank? Take a Ride on the Darjeeling Limited (Owen Wilson)

Distance in the Family: Take a Ride on the Darjeeling Limited (Owen Wilson) Notice of Series in Progress– Sibling Position, Anxiety, and Family Process. Frances, the eldest of the three Whitman brothers (played by Owen Wilson) makes the following announcement as they launch a trip across India on The Darjeeling …

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Stick It and Don’t Let It Go!

Stick It and Don’t Let It Go! MysteryShrink Shorts: Best Tip to Save Time and Frustration There are plenty of good books and endless internet articles on managing your time and staying organized. Lots of excellent information. Too much information, actually. We end up with lists and plans and more …

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Feel Better Now: Don’t Be an Emotional Prisoner:

Don’t Be an Emotional Prisoner: Feel Better Now The First Step in a Better Life Experience This ‘first step’ is a tough one. But necessary if you, or I, or your new kitten is to have a better life experience. And, at the moment, I could use a little modification …

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