Escaping the House of Bondage – Breaking the Bond of Abusive Relationships

“The hardest part of being in an emotionally abusive relationship is actually admitting you’re in one.” ― Anna Akana “My ex was my Exodus.” Sarah summed it up succinctly one afternoon at the end of an exhausting two-year saga of leaving her abusive husband. Sarah had been enslaved for 10 years and did not even know […]

Silencing the Inner Judge

Meet Hannah. It is Rosh Hashanah lunch. The table is impeccable, full and expectant. The guests are many, varied and very hungry. The 10 children (or maybe more, she just lost count)  are auspiciously absent for an (admittedly blessed) split-second. So, post-Kiddush buzz, Hannah takes the opportunity for a satirical monologue. She bangs her fist on […]

Broken Body Issues

Most women have long been socialized to believe that if we don’t look good, we aren’t good. And so we sacrifice feeling good about ourselves for that futile holy grail of looking good to others.  And modern media assaults us with the most unapologetic messaging about just how good we have to look. It is no wonder that statistics […]

A Formula for Defeating Depression – Noah’s ARC

Anna was drowning. She crumbled into the couch before me in a familiar wash of tears, “I got fired… again… I just couldn’t get out of bed. They finally fired me. And I don’t blame them. Why would anyone not fire me?” Her despair was slowly engulfing every living inch of her existence. I listened, […]

Addiction – What are you really running after?

“Karl Marx wrote: ‘Religion is the opiate of the masses.’ Carrie Fisher said: ‘I did masses of opiates religiously.’ Most addiction is a form of opioid addiction… because addiction’s main goal is most often a frantic running away from pain.  The question is, how do we stop running? Or at least, how do we run […]

Mine the Gap

Let me start by just cutting to the essence of my marital discord here. My husband and I are radically different creatures. He’s contemplative, I’m explosive. He’s measured, I’m  boundless. He’s careful, I’m carefree. All too often our opposing personalities rub up against each other in precisely the most painful of ways. For instance, communication […]

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Love is Not All You Need

Did you ever realize that The Beatles flagship song, “All you need is love” was written by millionaires? Yes, all you need is love…as long as you have most everything else you need. Love, actually, is one big fat distraction. A damaging one at that. Loving is the goal of a relationship, alright. But you […]

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Up & Down The Ladder – A Tool for Anxiety

Anxieties. All of us have them. Some of us are debilitated by them. Some of us have learned how to manage them. Self-talk and self-awareness tools have been found invaluable in greatly improving that management. Here is a quick & effective tool to practice the next time you need to de-escalate your anxiety. It is […]

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The overly simplified guide to “Should I marry him?”

1. Is he a mensch? (for those of you yidishly challenged, that means a good guy, a person of integrity, of honor and of notable character) 2. Is this the one you want to have problems with? Yes, you read it correctly. Not if the two of you will have problems, but is THIS the […]

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