8 Facts About Compulsive Hoarding


Most people know a hoarder, someone who does a lot more collecting than discarding, who keeps so much junk (outdated catalogs, plastic forks, soy sauce from Chinese take-out) that stuff oozes into every room of a house, sometimes filling the room (or at least the showers) to the point that the room can no longer […]

7 Ways to Get Over an Infatuation


“Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered am I” wrote US songwriter Lorenz Hart about the feeling of infatuation. It’s blissful and euphoric, as we all know. But it’s also addicting, messy and blinding. Without careful monitoring, its wild wind can rage through your life leaving you much like the lyrics of a country song: without a wife, […]

Heaven Is a Place Without Medical Records

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“Do you ever think to yourself, Is this it? Is this all there is?” someone asked me on Easter. He and his wife had been going through a very difficult period managing their special-needs son. Both looked drained and exhausted. “Actually, no,” I responded. “The belief in an afterlife is what I cling to many […]

Thomas Merton’s Prayer


I pray Thomas Merton’s prayer every day for discernment. In case you’re not familiar with it, I thought I’d share it here. My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahed of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really […]

9 Ways to Let Go of Stuck Thoughts


Stuck thoughts … the brick walls that form a prison around your mind. The harder you try to get rid of them, the more powerful they become. I’ve been wrestling with stuck thoughts ever since I was in fourth grade. The content or nature of the obsessions have morphed into many different animals over the […]

Go Cry to Mom: It Calms You Down


When it comes to internal pain, I have not evolved a whole lot from when I was in fourth grade: I still go running to mom with my tears. Even as I know something in our conversation could very well trigger more anxiety or I question the advice she dolls out, I am still comforted […]

Perimenopause and Depression


Research suggests, especially in women with a history of depression or a susceptibility of mood disorder, that reproduction-related hormonal changes in women raise the risk of depressive episodes. A few recent studies have concentrated on the perimenopausal period (when women experience skipped and irregular periods), in particular, and found that women in the menopausal transition […]