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The Over and Under on Sensitivity

The Over and Under on Sensitivity

I’ve heard it a million times. You’re too sensitive. You’re being over-sensitive. You’re making too big of a deal about it. You need to get some thick skin. It is one of those extremely subjective things, sensitivity. Too little and you are branded as an uncaring jerk.

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Self-Care: Rejuvenation Beach

Self-Care: Rejuvenation Beach

The idea of self-care can be rather foreign to many people. I’ve heard people say they don’t have time to do anything for themselves, they can’t afford it, and a variety of other justifications. In our society of instant gratification, why would taking some time for self-care

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How Uber Brought Conversation Back to My Vacation

How Uber Brought Conversation Back to My Vacation

It all started with my first Uber ride over Labor Day weekend in downtown Chicago. Despite taking several trips over the years, I had never downloaded any of the popular transportation apps. Usually we take a taxi or shuttle from airports to hotels and then walk the

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RSVP…or not

RSVP…or not

If you’ve ever sent invitations for a party that included the beautiful French phrase “Répondez s’il vous plait,” you probably understand the frustration that follows. RSVP seems like an innocuous acronym, a standard set of letters if you will, on a request for someone to attend an

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A Lack of Space

A Lack of Space

It all started with a grocery shopping trip. Upon leaving the store, I had forgotten where I’d parked my car. Again. This seems to happen most often when it is raining or quite hot, and it was a sweltering August day. As I made my way down

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Afraid of Being Afraid

Afraid of Being Afraid

  “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inaugural address may best

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The Immaterial Value of Money & Materialism

The Immaterial Value of Money & Materialism

Traveling enthusiasts know one of the biggest rushes of going somewhere is the experience. There might be amazing food or memorable shopping (read: souvenirs) but the true thrill is being somewhere and soaking in the environment. In a recent discussion with a non-traveler, I said that when

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The Speed and Healing of Sound

The Speed and Healing of Sound

Some of the first things I noticed in New York City were very popular and all in black and white. These items seemed to be staples of those who rushed by on the busy streets.  As I walked Fifth Avenue on my very first visit to the

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Human Glue and Rubber Bands – Part Two

Human Glue and Rubber Bands – Part Two

Part One of this topic addressed codependency in everyday relationships. From behaviors akin to being human glue and flexibility that rivals the stretch of a rubber band, codependency, or “relationship addiction” is an unhealthy path. You might think that codependency only occurs in personal relationships. In fact,

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The Grateful Donation of Time

The Grateful Donation of Time

When it comes to giving, the choice is quite personal. There are thousands of organizations that request donations of time, talent or treasure. For some, spending time at a school or charity event is a fulfilling way to give back. For others, donating a piece of artwork

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