Not Hocus Pocus – Just Change Your Focus

I stared as the two young men came into the restaurant. One was bald around the sides, with a thick black greasy mop of hair on top, tipped off by two brilliant red ends, which hung in his eyes. “Weird,” I thought. What kind of magic would it take to get me to see past

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Why Dads Matter

A wealth of research confirms that fathers play a unique and important role in their children’s lives. Nevertheless, powerful forces in our society try to marginalize fathers. Unfortunately, these misguided individuals can be difficult to educate. With Father’s Day upon us, it’s worth another try. The rates of the four major youth pathologies–teen pregnancy, teen

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Divorce: Not A Four Letter Word

“What you send out comes back. What you believe about yourself becomes true for you.” These two concepts will have more to do with how your divorce affects you than anything else that happens. These two concepts are the basic premise of Louise Hay’s philosophy in the book You Can Heal Your Life. They have

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Irresistible You

Did you ever sit in class as a child, looking out the window and daydreaming about travel to faraway places, or perhaps the softball game you’d be in that afternoon? The teacher probably scolded you for wasting time, and brought your attention back to the class. But in fact, you were following a very important

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The Gift

My daughter Alexis, like many young people, has tattoos. One of them is a small one on her wrist that says simply “The Gift”. She tells me she did this to remind herself of her gift for writing. A good idea. We all were born and blessed with many gifts. As we begin the new

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Gratitude For Things Lost And Found

Trust that everything is working out for your good. “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” – Brian Tracey Thanksgiving is the season when we officially acknowledge the virtue of

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How to Fail Your Way to Success

Are you mired in the muck of life? Do you feel that it’s hopeless? You’ve made too many mistakes. You’ve fallen flat on your face again. You feel like people are laughing at you, and saying you’ll never make it. Congratulations! You’re halfway on your way to learning the secret of success. Want to know

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5 Ways to Block Bogus PPO

Self-Defense: 5 Ways to Block a Bogus PPO Bruce Lee once said that good footwork can beat any kick or punch.  He called it “winning the war without firing a shot.”  This is good advice for most situations, but especially so when it comes to personal protection orders (PPO’s).  Bad moms are willing to lie

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Estate Planning After Divorce

Divorce brings changes in every area of your life, including how you want your assets distributed after your death. To make sure all bases are covered, you should review your estate plan or create one at the time your divorce is final. Since your divorce lawyer has gotten to know you and your assets very

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No Parent Left Behind

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE BIRTH OF YOUR BABY! There is nothing quite like the moment when your child is first born.  You gaze with awe at this little being; so perfect, so fragile, so helpless.  Filled with awe at this life you helped create, you vow to try and do everything for him or her, to

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