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”

Let’s Play BounceBack: 12/05/17 – Active Shooter/Shelter in Place

Active shooter and Shelter in Place situations are far more common than in the past. Our children are being slaughtered and threatened more than ever before. We can wait for who knows how long for gun control legislation or we act to prepare and protect our children by teaching them the Skills & Attitudes of resilience that just may protect them when threatened and allow them to behave proactively to prevent future threats. Continue reading “Let’s Play BounceBack: 12/05/17 – Active Shooter/Shelter in Place”

First Night: Chapters 27-35 Posted

The Conflict Between Hope and Cynicism Continues

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

“First Night cleverly addresses the big questions of our time about how we deal with technology of today and the looming technological breakthroughs that are coming without destroying ourselves or losing our humanity. And does it in a personal, suspenseful and entertaining way.

~ James Weaver, clinical psychologist and playwright

Looking at Yourself: Part Two

How you and others see you.

Woman rests on mirrored surface gazing at her reflection.In the last blog, I asked you to evaluate yourself in five areas. The first area had to do with being able to communicate well with other people and being able to talk to other people. The second area had to do with being able to make and maintain friendships and relationships with others. The third had to do with being able to make changes in your life when you need to, e.g., being able to be flexible. The fourth area had to do with how you feel about yourself and your ability to feel positive about yourself and give yourself credit for the accomplishments in your life. The last area had to do with controlling your emotions, especially very strong ones, and emotions that other people might perceive as negative, e.g., anger.

Continue reading “Looking at Yourself: Part Two”