The Gift that Keeps on Giving – Our Ability to Create

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I heard a story on the radio about how someone’s grandma was the gift that keeps giving.  She was buried in a plot in Signal Hill, California years before oil was discovered under the cemetery.  Since the family owned the plot and the mineral rights under the coffin, they were entitled to receive royalty payments from whomever they let extract … Read More

The Essence of Anxiety

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Confucius; “If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what ought to be done remains undone.” Words are important; they are the frames and cages of what is possible. The words we use to describe ourselves and our issues are particularly important. I have … Read More

How We Learn to Believe

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I saw the movie Life of Pi in 3D the other day and it’s my pick for this year’s Academy Award for Best Picture.  I don’t have knowledge of the voting even though I use to work for the PricewaterhouseCoopers partner who tallies the votes.  I remember the book Life of Pi was a masterpiece of storytelling and the movie … Read More

Morning Thoughts

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Writing first thing in the morning is critical when using writing as part of your therapy.  The object is to get past your conscious editor – your ego – so you can replace bad habits, challenge twisted beliefs and eradicate destructive behavior.  Influencing your subconscious requires diligence, repetition, stealth and trickery.  If your conscious mind realizes that you’re trying to … Read More

How can I become a better writer?

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One becomes a better writer measured against his/her writing history by making a writing history.  That is, write until your fingers hurt, your posterior goes flat and your legs get numb.  Read everything.  Labels on bottles – yeah, the small type, too.  Everything on the cereal box.  A broad array of authors in all genres.  Read until your eyes feel … Read More

My Dark Secret

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Art Publisher B. Eric Rhoads teaches visual artists how to be business people. In his Art Marketing Boot Camp he walks artists through how to design their life, how to build a plan, how to know what you really want to do for the rest of your life. The reason he does this is because someone did it for him, … Read More

Using Writing as Therapy: Coping With Cancer

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You have been told you have cancer and it’s curable.   Your doctor informs you he has deep experience battling this form of cancer   His army of medical experts are ready to go . . .  they fight this monster all the time . . . however, they need you to get ready to fight this battle both psychologically and physically.            … Read More

How to Handle an Emotional Hangover

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On a cruise ship, in the Caribbean, with my spouse. Soft rain covers the lounge chairs surrounding the pool, and the mood on the ship is subdued, on this next to the last day of our trip. Last night’s high energy, fueled by the loud calypso music and margarita’s, all but forgotten as the reality of returning to the home … Read More