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What Do You Do When Your Best Friend Is Dying?

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 How can this be; she’s 12 years younger than me. She’s been like my sister since we met forty years ago in Barcelona. She called me that Monday morning: “Mil, I have good news and bad …

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One Way Not to Get Bummed By Valentine’s Day

“Geez, I’m so tired of it. Everywhere I look — Buy her a dozen roses… Give her that diamond she’s always wanted… This year I can’t even pay our rent.” So complained my client Tony. “You think you have it bad,” said Sandra, “I don’t even have anybody special in my life to give something to.” February 14 have you …

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‘I Have a Dream’ — What’s Yours?

by Millie Grenough Photo Credit: Plum Village Martin Luther King + Thich Nhat Hanh. When you look at the faces of these two men, what do you see? – Same? Different? Baptist minister from southern USA. Buddhist monk from Vietnam. The minister nominated the monk for the Nobel Peace Prize. King’s physical presence: gone now. The monk: slowly recovering from …

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Ex-Catholic Nun + Brooklyn Jewish Husband: How to Celebrate?

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 photo: Millie Grenough Okay, here’s the situation: I’m an ex-Catholic nun married to a Brooklyn Jewish guy. Hanukkah is over. Christmas is coming. Silent Night and Rudolph have been assaulting my husband for the past four …

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What Do You Need to Let Go Of?

photo: Millie Grenough — an old hurt? — a negative judgment of a friend? As I sat in my backyard this morning, I realized that the trees follow the rhythms of life with much greater ease than I do. Even if their current leaves are dazzlingly beautiful — when it’s time, they simply let them go. What do I need …

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Present Moment, Only Moment: What’s the Rush?

Credit: Millie Grenough It’s the day before vacation. I’m hassled. So much stuff to prep and pack. As I sit on my back deck, writing my lists, words from many years ago flash into my mind: Present moment. Only moment. They’re from the Summer after a bicycle accident almost killed me. My friend Lynn knew that I needed re-tooling. She …

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Unexpected Cure for 3 A.M. Anxiety

One of those crazy mornings. Awake at 3 a.m., thunderstorm outside, mind thrashing with things I must do today… and tomorrow… and the next day… I must be nuts if I think I can carry it all off… Will my superwoman neurosis ever give me a break? Used my Oasis Strategies to get me back to sleep at 4 a.m. …

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What’s a Dad Good For?

my dad – used with permission  That’s my Dad, Edgar Robert Grenough. Long gone, but his spirit lives on.What was special about Dad?  When I asked my six siblings “What’s the best thing you got from Dad?” their answers were as varied as my sibs: “My good looks and curly hair…” (that from my ever-cocky older brother) “His ability to help us have fun …

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Treasured or Trampled?

Credit: Paul Bloom Today’s front-page headline in my New Haven Register announced: “Fewer suicides, but younger victims.” The write-up continues: While the number of youths in Connecticut who die by suicide has declined since 2007, the average age of the children who kill themselves has decreased from 17 to just over 14. The statistics are alarming: More girls than boys, death by hanging much …

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‘I’d Dig a Hole and Bury It’

Credit: Millie Grenough Last Wednesday my daughter-in-law asked her two boys, 8-year-old Jules and just-turned-5 Theo, what they did in school that day. The voices from both ends of the table piped out, “Earth Day!” Theo added, “Mother Earth takes care of us, so we need to take care of her.” I thought it was a good time for GranMillie …

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