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The Misunderstood Perfectionist

The Misunderstood Perfectionist

Note from the author: When the call went out for posts about perfectionism, anxiety, and OCD among the gifted, I responded that I thought I had written a recent rant on the subject, but couldn’t recall where. To my surprise, I found it here, on […]

What Parenting Taught Me About Mental Health

What Parenting Taught Me About Mental Health

I had my first child in 1987, my second in 1988, and my third in 1990. My husband and I called it the “Go nuts now, go broke later” plan. In the early 90’s, the Internet started becoming available to mere mortals at home, and […]

Reach Out and Touch Someone Part Two: The Bidening

Reach Out and Touch Someone Part Two: The Bidening

It doesn’t look as if she has fully consented to this kiss…

Reach Out and Touch Someone?
Does her smile look a little strained to you?

Reach Out and Touch Someone?

I hold a 5th degree black belt in USA Shuto-Kan Karate. I also do prevention education in the schools for the sexual assault center in my town. So it’s fascinating to me to hear all the protests going up in defense of Joe Biden. Let […]

The Uncertain Ally
Photo: Decatur Herald and Review

The Uncertain Ally

It’s July 11, 2016. My husband and I stand at the bottom of the steps of the Macon County court house in Decatur, Illinois. We are attending an event put on by local pastors, supporting their efforts to prevent violence in the wake of a shooting, […]

College Application Follies – A Cautionary Tale

College Application Follies – A Cautionary Tale

Yesterday was the deadline for Early Decision for a number of selective U.S. universities. “Early Decision” permits students who are sure of their first choice school the opportunity to find out early whether they will be accepted in exchange for committing to attending that school […]