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January 10, 2017

Families

An Encounter With The Unknown – From A Mother’s Lens

This blog post is part of a series entitled Real Lives, Real Stories: Personal Experiences With Mental Illness.

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December 23, 2016

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Home For The Holidays: Facing Empty Chairs At The Table

Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us,
Gather near to us once more.

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December 22, 2016

Families

Mending A House Divided: Bringing Peace And Good Will To The Holidays

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I believe the government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.

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December 20, 2016

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Coping With Holiday Stress

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

Let’s just paint a little picture.

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December 15, 2016

Families

Guarding Against Fake News for You and Your Child

This is a good time to talk about charisma and its relationship to the power of stories.

It’s not that the idea of charisma is new.

The word itself is an old one.

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December 6, 2016

Families

What If My Family Doesn’t Celebrate The Holidays?

I can’t believe I’m going to begin (another) post by noting that the holidays are upon us.

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December 23, 2016

Hot Topics

Home For The Holidays: Facing Empty Chairs At The Table

Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us,
Gather near to us once more.

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December 22, 2016

Hot Topics

Mending A House Divided: Bringing Peace And Good Will To The Holidays

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I believe the government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.

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December 20, 2016

Hot Topics

Coping With Holiday Stress

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

Let’s just paint a little picture.

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December 6, 2016

Hot Topics

What If My Family Doesn’t Celebrate The Holidays?

I can’t believe I’m going to begin (another) post by noting that the holidays are upon us.

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November 22, 2016

Hot Topics

Let’s Talk Turkey

The expression, ‘talking turkey,’ has two opposite original meanings—to speak pleasantly around the dinner table, or to skip the niceties, and get right to what’s important.

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November 10, 2016

Hot Topics

Prescription For Post-Election 2016: A Block Party

The most surreal thing about this morning is that I want exactly the same thing today as I did last night.

I want a block party.

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December 20, 2016

Podcasts

Coping With Holiday Stress

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

Let’s just paint a little picture.

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November 1, 2016

Podcasts

Talking To Kids About 2016 Politics: A Parent’s Duty In Our Volatile Political Climate

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

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October 18, 2016

Podcasts

How Scary Is Too Scary?

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

Here is my most vivid memory of Halloween:

I’m 8 years old.

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September 8, 2016

Podcasts

When Kids Leave Home: Part 1

This is the first blog post in a two-part series on adolescents’ transition to the “real world.”

To view the second blog post, click here.

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April 28, 2016

Podcasts

The Senior Prom: A Joyous Rite Of Passage Or Nightmare For Parents?

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

It’s the weekend before your kid’s senior prom.

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April 21, 2016

Podcasts

Spring Suicide: An (Un)Likely Combination?

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

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