Holidays

Portrait of Santa from 1881.

The Myriad Challenges of the Season.

Holidays are a time that should bring joy but often bring feelings of isolation and sadness. It should be a time when we count our blessings, but holidays often are a time when we count and remember the losses in our lives. This can be especially true for those who are living in a new country. These may be holidays they have never celebrated or understand. This is a time when the majority needs to understand the challenges that a minority of its citizens may be facing. Continue reading “Holidays”

Let’s Play BounceBack: 12/14/17 – Being Different in North America

A crowd stands with fists raised skyward.

 

Unlike, dissimilar, incompatible, unfamiliar and conflicting are all synonyms for different. But so are original, distinct, individual and independent. It’s all a matter of perspective. We vary from the basics of color, shape, and size to the more complicated like religious belief, sexual preference, and physical/cognitive development. Many diverse people came to North America bringing their determination and skills to build the cities and communities that we now occupy. Our differences can challenge those of us who are different and those trying to understand and accept differences in others. Our response to differences will decide if North America is to be a melting pot or a mosaic? Continue reading “Let’s Play BounceBack: 12/14/17 – Being Different in North America”

Let’s Play BounceBack: 12/12/17 – An Addict Among Us

An E.M.T., shown from the back, is deep i thought sitting on the steps of a wooden deck .

Addiction is on the rise. How many of us have an addict in our family, as a friend…a co-worker? Addiction has a pervasive effect on those who experience it and their families. Despite the tremendous damage, we still whisper about it with only those we think will not pass judgment on us and our loved ones. This deck is intended to stop the whispering and encourage the very difficult conversations related to surviving addiction. Continue reading “Let’s Play BounceBack: 12/12/17 – An Addict Among Us”

First Night: Chapters 36-48

The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism Concludes

Book Cover of First Night: The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism

“First Night is a wonderful tale of hope and cynicism spun from the whole cloth of down home Maine humor and fundamental values. The book is a page-turning flight of fancy that captured modern man’s struggle with assimilating new technologies without losing the fabric of past times. I loved it. A fast read that took me to other times and places I hadn’t had time to think about since my iPad crashed!” ~ Captain W. Russell Webster, CEM, US Coast Guard (Ret.), Maritime Author and Historian

We hope you will enjoy the final chapters of First Night: The Conflict of Hope and Cynicism by Ron Breazeale, Ph.D.

 

 

Let’s Play BounceBack: 12/07/17 – Adolescents/Teens

Caricature of a woman applying red lipstick.

Transitioning from child to adulthood just may be one of the most challenging and tumultuous times of life. While body and mind are busy developing at will, teens are also learning who they are and where they fit in their community, what their values are/should be, and how to apply them. Challenges are around every corner and some are overwhelmed by the act of growing up. Continue reading “Let’s Play BounceBack: 12/07/17 – Adolescents/Teens”