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“Hey Dr. Kathryn, guess who I am!” Harry Potter, Hermione, her mom, or any number of other possibilities wouldn’t have surprised me. But my young patient didn’t imitate any of them. She imitated me — and she had me laughing at myself even before she told me she’d “done me” at a party the weekend […]

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Jeffry and I met in the cancer treatment center. Both of us were there with our fathers. We talked freely about cancer treatment, the side effects, and how sad it is to see someone you love be sick. The biggest difference between us was that Jeffry was four while I was forty-two. His dad was […]

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The Paleo Solution, Wheat Belly, Against All Grain, etc., etc. Gluten-free lifestyles are everywhere. You might be sick and tired of hearing about them. I am, and I live gluten-free. But it’s not a fad for me.   When I first heard the suggestion that I should stop eating gluten, I was already sick and […]

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Nado and I stepped out of the cabin one morning just before sunrise. Thick mist swirled through the timber like cream freshly poured into hearty coffee. The crisp, cool air filled our noses with the musky scent of fallen leaves and damp earth. In short, a perfect fall morning promised a beautiful sunrise as reward […]

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Memorial Day Weekend here in the States is a holiday dedicated remembering those who are no longer living.  For many people it also marks the beginning of summer, includes a yearly adventure to the lake or some other get-away, and is a highly appreciated 3-day weekend.   I don’t want to take away from remembering […]

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We’ve arrived at the final post in the “lemons vs. turds” series about handling difficult challenges in our lives.  I promised you something powerful that you could put into action today, and I’ll get to that soon.  First, I want to tell you a story.   My father died last December, but in his last […]

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Last week we explored the difference between lemons and turds.  Lemons can be turned into lemonade, but turds are what they are.  There’s no way to sugar coat them, but they’re part of life.  So, what do we do?   I’ll get to that in a moment, but first let’s be really open about those […]

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We’ve all heard the saying, “When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade.”  But some of the lemons in life can’t be fixed by watering them down and adding sugar.  Let’s face it.  No matter how much sugar you add, a turd is still a turd and it’ll be hard to swallow regardless of how […]

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Do you, like me, find yourself wishing you had more energy and more hours in the day to get things done?  There’s work I need and want to do, people I want to spend time with, and new things to explore and enjoy. Should the urgent things on our to-do lists always win out over […]

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Any of you have someone in your life who just drives you crazy at times?  You don’t like him (or her) and the only time he ever interacts with you is when he wants something or when he’s not getting enough attention to feed his ever-starving ego.   Maybe it’s the family member who always […]

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