A case for unburdening a generation of Americans

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As a person who graduated from college debt-free, due to my parents footing the bill, I had no concept of student loans until I decided to attend graduate school. For context, I was twenty-one years old when I signed my first promissory note. Although the supposed age of maturity, I had no real concept of money.

One thing led to another and I ended up staying in graduate school for six years, two for a master's degree and four more for a doctoral degree. …

And developed a newfound respect for those who produce my favorite articles, TV shows, and podcasts.

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If you were to ask any of my friends what I geek out on the most, they would likely say true crime. I am a sucker for true crime podcasts, TV shows, and books. What can I say? I love a mystery. There is always someone out there who knows the whole story, finding them is the hard part.

Turns out I’m not alone in my love of true crime content. A study completed by the University of Illinois found that if given a choice of violent reading material, women were more likely to choose true crime, whereas men were…

A community is left looking for ways to cope

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At the same time the world was learning about the Coronavirus for the first time, officials in Sullivan County, Tennessee were just getting started on a missing person investigation involving a 15 month-old baby girl named Evelyn Boswell.

According to reporting by WCYB, an affiliate of NBC news out of Bristol, Tennessee, Evelyn’s grandfather, Tommy Boswell, Sr. reported to the department of children’s services that he hadn’t seen Evelyn in over two months.

In an interview with WJHL, a dual ABC/CBS affiliate out of nearby Johnson City, Tn. Mr. Bosswell was quoted as saying:

“I don’t know what happened, but…

How reading about the past can reshape future perspectives

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A couple mornings ago, I started discussing the Cuban Missle Crisis with my husband while we were making breakfast. He rolled with it sharing a memory of seeing a movie about the same historical event with his dad when he was younger. There’s a reason he didn’t question my discussion of not so current events, he’s been with me long enough to know there was a book involved in my line of thinking.

The book in question was Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett, the last of his Century Trilogy. In the Century Trilogy, Follett does so much more than…

Treat yourself, you deserve it

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For many, the holiday season is one of the hardest times of the year. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a Hallmark family situation and plenty of money for food and gifts. For those struggling to simply make ends meet the holidays can be a dreaded time.

This year, the stress of the holiday season will be compounded for many. The Coronavirus pandemic has led to the loss of lives and livelihoods. Even for those families who have been blessed to not suffer acutely from the effects of the virus, this Christmas will be…

After failing two years in a row, this is my year

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Each year the Popsugar website releases a reading challenge. The goal of the reading challenge is to inspire people to read more and to diversify their reading experience.

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. -Richard Steele

As I’m writing this, I just completed my list of book choices for the challenge. For now, I’m only committing to the regular list which consists of 40 books. Popsugar adds a bonus list for overachievers with extra prompts. …

A cautionary tale about a sales webinar scam

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I take personal responsibility for being in the position I’m currently in. I made an emotionally based purchasing decision without doing my homework and I’m paying for it.

How it all started

I started a blog last summer and promoted my posts on my personal and business Facebook pages. Almost immediately, I was inundated with ads trying to sell writing advice.

Most of them had a similar vibe, touting if I listened to their webinar or bought their course I would get published right away and make all kinds of money. These were easy to ignore.

One ad stood out from the pack and…

Understanding when you need to let go and let God

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We’ve all heard the serenity prayer.

God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can, and
wisdom to know the difference. -Reinhold Niebuhr

Unfortunately, many of us put ourselves through agony before taking our problems to God and asking him for help.

Today, I want to look at the last part of the prayer.

and wisdom to know the difference

Recently, a situation occurred within my family of origin and it seemed like everyone involved had a different idea for…

How to engage in self-care throughout the workday

Everywhere you look there are articles, books, and television segments focusing on self-care.

We are told we should meditate, eat well, write in our gratitude journals, sleep a full eight hours, exercise, and so on…

What these articles fail to tell us is how to engage in these practices while living in the real world.

Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours working, therefore the presumption is we will engage in self-care outside of work.

While self-care is great anytime, self-care at work can go a long way toward…

A psychologist’s perspective

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October 1st of this year marked my first anniversary of working in long-term care. When choosing to leave my psychiatric hospital post and transition to being a traveling psychologist for nursing homes, I spent a lot of time mulling over the pros and cons. I had never actually been inside a nursing home and had no idea what to expect. I wondered if everyone was sick and lying in bed all day. Would the homes reek of illness and death? I know, dramatic, but I’m being authentic here.

A fellow psychologist who was already working in nursing…

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