Can An Abuser Change?

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Domestic violence is unpredictable. After an incident of abuse, some abusers may act remorseful and promise to “change” in an effort to maintain the relationship (read: secure more control). The question is: Can an abuser break this cycle and genuinely change? An abuser has the potential to change if he* first acknowledges that: What he […]

Loyalty And Trust = Love

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“Trust is a big word for me. Loyalty and trust, for me, are everything. It’s the core of what I’m about and what the people around me hopefully are about. It’s a certain thing that gives you a sense of security. It’s the biggest factor in everything I do.” “Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. […]

Fun, Frolic And Freak Outs!

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And so it begins. Six weeks of fun, frolic, food, family and friends gathering, and freak outs! Plentiful and bountiful, drama during the holiday season is a sure thing with a very unique flavor. Starting with Thanksgiving, which by the way is my favorite holiday celebration. It just so happens that this year Hanukah is […]

Looking Ahead With Lauren: Why Confusion is Sometimes BS

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I can’t tell you how many times in my life I’ve said I felt confused. You may feel confused when learning something new (this is pretty legitimate, but you can always try harder and try learning it a different way), confused about your love life or career, or confused about where you’re going in life. […]

Eulogy for Grandma Harriet

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My son Benjamin Gluck wrote and read this beautiful eulogy at his Grandma Harriet’s funeral, who passed away this week. Always love, Allison Eulogy for Grandma Harriet As the cliche goes, you never know what you have until its gone. But what if you do in fact know that you have something important, and when […]

“What Is A Grandma?”

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My sweet daughter Samantha eulogized her beloved “Grammy” yesterday with grace and love; as only a grand-daughter could do.  Always love, Allison “What Is A Grandma?” A grandma is warm hugs and sweet memories. 
She remembers all of your accomplishments and forgets all of your mistakes. She is someone you can tell your secrets and […]

Change Your Entire Life with this Simple Technique from Thich Nhat Hanh. It’s Kind of Amazing!

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“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”  ~ Thich Nhat Hanh I was visiting a friend in New York City this past weekend as we discussed various elements of all things spiritual.  Discussion of teachers, techniques, paths and so forth culminated into […]

Ducking Grief

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Next month will mark six years that my best friend’s daughter Miya died. Yet, she is very much alive in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved her. Loving Miya was the only option; she wouldn’t have it any other way and this is exactly what we loved so much about her. […]

Letting Go: How to Live With the Loss of a Loved One

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Note from Leo: This is a guest post from my friend, Suraj Shah, who wrote this post as a favor to me after a reader asked about how to deal with the loss of a loved one. Suraj writes regularly about dealing with loss on his blog, Live With Loss. I’ll hand it over to […]

In Defense Of Highly Sensitive People

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There’s a myth that being sensitive is being weak. The beauty of myths is that the truth is usually the opposite of that which we assume to be real. In the case of the highly sensitive person, this holds true. I was born a highly sensitive person and am far from weak; my life path […]