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National Day of Unplugging Sarasota

Unplug to Reconnect: National Day of Unplugging

We are constantly “connected” these days… smartphones, computers, smartphones, tablets, smartphones… I think it’s safe to say that, for many of us, most of our technological connectedness is through our smartphones. And while they can be a blessing and provide some conveniences, they can also carry a burden that sometimes sneaks up on us. A […]

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Want Better Relationships? Get Naked.

My kids are pretty much half naked all the time. They sleep in their underwear, their shirts come off as soon as they walk in the door, and I have countless funny videos and photos on my phone that I can’t post due to indecent exposure. To them, being naked is the most comfortable way […]

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Put it Down, Lift Them Up

Put It Down, Lift Them Up

During a recent staff meeting, our director relayed an observation she made while her grown children were visiting with her grandchildren. She said they were sitting around the dinner table and her children were looking at their phones and not engaging their children in conversation. She then described the conversation she had with her grandchildren […]

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Kicking the Post-Holiday Melancholies

Kicking the Post-Holiday Melancholies

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the past 2 1/2 months running around getting ready for the holidays. You’ve celebrated with friends, family, and co-workers. You’ve planned parties for your children, attended cookie exchanges and gift swaps. You shopped for that just-right gift for everyone on your list. And then you baked and cooked […]

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When You Can’t Be Home for the Holidays

It’s Thanksgiving, some year in the 1990s. We’re at my grandparents’ house on the farm, just a few short miles from ours. My siblings, cousins, and I are at the kids table, making jokes and stealing each other’s food. The adults are in the dining room, no doubt having some boring adult conversation. There are seconds […]

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