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  • Free Therapy # 35: The Rooms of the Mind

    In my last blog I explored the two rooms of the mind, the courtroom and the science room or laboratory. In the first room we find a judge, critic or evaluator who uses the blunt tools of goodness, badness, rightness, wrongness, guilt and innocence. In the courtroom mind we stand apart from the object of [...]

    Or So it Seems … Up on the Rooftop

    Once a year, in April, my house tries to kill me. That’s when I go to the rooftop to prance around, attempting to revive my aging swamp cooler. Sure, I’m up there in the fall, too. But it’s no problem to cork it up, and shut it down. Simple. But my spring rendezvous to reawaken [...]

    Or So it Seems … Shipping Out – One Box at a Time

    The phone rings, and it’s my son, Joe, calling from the Naval Training Center. He’s got good news. His hard work and solid test scores have moved him up the food chain a bit and earned him additional privileges. We share a father-son Hooyah, and I put down the cordless phone to do the “happy [...]

    Dust off Your Financial Plan

    Spring is officially here. Before you get started with your spring cleaning, perhaps another matter deserves some dusting off—that long-term financial plan. April is National Financial Literacy Month—the perfect time to spring into action when it comes to planning your financial future. If you already have a plan, this is a great opportunity to take [...]

    Reflections In The Mirror (While Shaving) #34

    • The most linear thought I have takes a circuitous route. • Ever have the feeling that some thoughts are almost worth keeping … those that make the grade and can be let out in public … others are so mediocre, they aren’t worth the effort to discard … I used to blame my bad ideas [...]

    5 Options for Moving Away from Windows XP

    April is here and this year comes a gift even better than blooming flowers, warm weather, and birds chirping: the end of Windows XP. Today – April 8 - Microsoft will no longer be providing security or software updates for its 12-year-old operating system. For a lot of people, this is viewed as a major inconvenience [...]

    Menuplease: Maxwell’s – food for the hip and not-so-hip downtown

    Back in the late 1970s there was a Maxwell’s Restaurant in Redding. Femme de Joie’s memory is a bit fuzzy on this, but she recalls it being on the corner of Market and Sacramento, where Vintage Wine Bar sits now. But she also seems to remember it on Market Street north of the mall, so [...]

    Free Therapy # 34: We are as blissful as we allow ourselves to be

    “The person who can freely acknowledge that life is full of difficulties can be free, because they are acknowledging the nature of life – that it can’t be much else.” Shunryu Suzuki It has been my observation that I suffer when I have what I don’t want or want what I don’t have. I do [...]

    Ebby’s Tale – A Rescue Dog Finds A Home

    It was time to get a new dog. Our last dog, a terrier mix, was with us for over 18 years. His passing devastated us, especially my wife Diane who would break out in tears months afterwards if his name was mentioned. We were dogless for four years, which gave us more leeway in travelling [...]

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