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Category: Social Isolation

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Jan 8, 2021 I grew up in the southwestern U.S.—Southern California, Hawaii, and Arizona—and never experienced four seasons. My childhood seasonal experience was a mild winter and a long hot summer. The only time I saw snow was when our church youth group went camping in the Arizona mountains. I never saw autumn burst into…
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Holiday (Pandemic) Blues

Dec 18, 2020 We are in the middle of what Andy Williams told us years ago is “the most wonderful time of the year.”  For many of us, the holiday season is fun and joy filled.   For some, however, the holidays bring stress and sadness. This year in particular, some of us may find it…
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Giving Thanks During a Pandemic

Nov 20, 2020 Each week, as I write this column, I often have a seasonal theme.  The theme on the Friday before Thanksgiving is usually based around how to prepare for the holidays and attempt to not overindulge in seasonal treats at celebrations in the coming six weeks. Early this week, I pulled up last…
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Don’t Miss This Chance!

Aug 14, 2020 When I was in my early twenties, my Mother worked at a nursing home in northern Arizona.  One day, I was visiting her at work and met the most fascinating woman. Ellie was in her nineties when I met her.  She was born and grew up in the Arizona territory, and remembered…
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Social Isolation (not only during COVID-19)

Apr 3, 2020 I normally work full time in a busy office, surrounded by dozens of people. On Friday, March 20, in response to Governor Baker’s instructions for social distancing, I started working exclusively at home.  It took a little bit to get used to being off-site, but it’s working. During the work day, I’m…
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Playing Games

May 31, 2019 A few months ago, I started going to events hosted by the North Shore Gamers group.  This is a group of adults of all ages who enjoy playing board games. Many of the games we play are new games, but I have also seen some of the old standards that I remember…
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Spring!

Mar 1, 2019 March 1 is the first day of meteorological spring, which is based on annual temperature cycles and the Gregorian calendar.  March 21 is the “official” first day of spring.  But, when it gets to the end of winter, I like to consider March 1 as spring.  I love the spring!  March and…
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Valentines Day

Feb 8, 2019 Valentine’s Day is an interesting holiday.  For children, it is a fun day to bring cute cards and treats to friends at school.  For young lovers, it can be a day to celebrate romance.  For many of us, it’s a day to find a surprise chocolate on your desk from a co-worker…
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