Kids’ Power-Healing Games for Children of Alcoholics

By Jerry Moe and Don Pohlman Imagin Works Puppet play for the younger children and a crossword puzzle for older kids — these games and more are available to assist adults who interact with children who have been affected by the disease of alcoholism or drug addiction. For 15 years, Moe and Pohlman have been conducting education/support groups for children 6 to 12 years old. They offer games and suggestions to help children “Play their way to understanding and health.” They do this with a specially designed collection of games and activities centered on feelings, the disease of chemical dependency, … Continue reading

Retrain the Brain?

Many of us have heard of higher brain living — but what is it? Some brain researchers advocate energizing the pre-frontal lobes — the higher brain — to help us lessen the impact of unproductive “lower brain” stress responses. Directly or indirectly, medical researchers believe that up to 90 percent of all medical office visits are a result of stress. Our primitive survival brain, or lower brain, is the part of our brain physiology that is responsible for survival. It is a reactive part of our physiology that keeps us in the grip of stress, fear, anxiety, reactive impulse, addiction, … Continue reading

New Year? What New Year?

Why it’s so Hard for us to Keep our Resolutions With another New Year under our belts, up to half (48 percent) of us made New Year’s resolutions. Only eight percent of us actually achieve the goals we set for ourselves. So why is it so hard for us to keep our commitment to our self-made promises? There are really four main reasons why people aren’t able to achieve their annual goals,” says Joda Coolidge, health counselor. “From setting too many or just finding the time to work on them, most people fall into one of these common resolution traps.” … Continue reading

Slow Down

By Mary Lou Logsdon     “Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.”  —Paul Theroux Winter is upon us. Daylight is sparse. Dark extends from late afternoon well into morning. The air is cold and houses warm. Long nights encourage long sleeps. It is slow-down-time, mid-winter’s gift. The rush, the energy, the holiday festivities have ended. The silent nights finally arrive. And what a gift they bring! Winter forces me to slow down. If I don’t alter my winter driving I invite a fender-bender that would slow me even more. The prelude to winter walks includes gathering boots, hats, mitts after … Continue reading