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Does This Baby Iris Know Something I Don’t…?

Millie Grenough When I walked to my sideyard in the middle of last week’s blizzard, a flash of purple stunned me. How in heck can that little flower push up through all this snow? My daughter-in-law phoned me that afternoon. “Millie, I’m worried. The daffodils in our yard just showed their green. I don’t think they heard the weather report. …

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Stressed Out in America — or How NOT to Deal with Stress

Millie Grenough “Stressed Out in America” shouted the New Haven Register front page. Reporter Ed Stannard cited stats showing that the level of anxiety is increasing: “Two-thirds of Americans say they are stressed about the future of our nation, including a majority of both Democrats and Republicans,” according to the American Psychological Association’s report Stress in America™: Coping with Change. …

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Valentine for My Country

Millie Grenough Coach, Trainer, Author who helps you find an Oasis in the Overwhelm, whatever it may be This post is hosted on the Huffington Post’s Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and post freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email. My country, ‘tis of thee, Sweet land of …

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“AMERICA FIRST” — Huh?

I was one of the millions of marchers yesterday. I drafted the sign above on a bench in Union Station, New Haven, CT while we waited for the next train to New York. A man on the bench across from me waited till I finished the red-and-blue flag, then gave a smile and thumbs up. On the streets in NYC …

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In These Dark Days, How Can You Shine Your Light?

Yep, in this Northern Hemisphere, we’re in those dark days of winter. 5 PM and it’s pitch dark in Connecticut. Where is that sun anyway? Makes me wish I were back in Perú. Helps me to remember that nature never stands still. That’s why I was surprised when I looked up the origin of the word solstice. Webster tells me …

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Do You Need a Respite?

Photo by Sabir Abdus-Sabur These days are turbulent for sure. What to do? In his Just One Thing e-note this morning, Psychologist Rick Hanson responded to my wondering: This week’s practice – love someone. Rick affirms: that’s a good practice at any time. “But it’s especially good if you feel stressed, worried, or turned upside down – including by big …

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Election Stress? 2 Survival Tips

Millie Grenough Author of OASIS in the Overwhelm, Coach, Speaker,Trainer. Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine. EMDR-Level II: specialty in Performance Enhancement Are you ready to axe it all? When will this nerve-wracking hype be over? And after the big day, will the stress be gone? What to do…? The other morning when my husband was chopping firewood, …

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11,000 feet — 9/11

Millie Grenough Author of OASIS in the Overwhelm, Coach, Speaker,Trainer. Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine. EMDR-Level II: specialty in Performance Enhancement What’s it like to toss your stress to the background and climb to 11,000 feet? I had the luxury of doing that in August. Left all the usual stuff behind. Packed the bare necessities. Then climbed. …

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What’s Flim-Flam? What’s Real?

Millie Grenough Author of OASIS in the Overwhelm, Coach, Speaker,Trainer. Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine. EMDR-Level II: specialty in Performance Enhancement Credit: Paul Bloom Such chaos in this world of ours. So many swirls. What’s reflection? What’s fear? What’s real? Yesterday I was caught in the 4 PM Merritt Parkway rush. Swirling. Emotions flaring. In my gut …

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Float Like A Butterfly

    We were both working our way through school. I, a white kid from the West End of Louisville, he a black kid from a couple of miles east on Chestnut Street. We would probably never have crossed paths if it hadn’t been for a woman at Nazareth College, now Spalding University, on 4th Street in downtown Louisville. Sister …

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