Recovery, Renewal and Growth

The Paradox of Scapegoating: What Seems to Make Us Safe Actually Diminishes Us

“If you knew the secret life of your enemies it would be enough to disarm all your hostilities.” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow We humans are something else. We’re either putting other people on pedestals or else relishing their demise. We’re the ultimate social creatures. We love to imitate each other or else thrive on beating the …

REMastered Sleep Water Bottle Review

While visiting a physical therapist with my wife, the conversation turned to my snoring. “He snores bad.” my wife unapologetically said. The therapist began citing reasons for snoring and ways to improve it. One of them is to start trying to breath more through the nose. Most snorers are mouth breathers (like myself). She also …

Head to the Barn to Horse Around: Equine Therapy and Recovery

The Phoenix · Head to the Barn to Horse Around Anne K. was having a bad day. An unpleasant experience while shopping set off massive feelings of anxiety. Her husband knew what would calm her. He pulled up on his phone a photo of one of Anne’s horses with a rainbow in view behind it. …

Stop and Smell the Roses

“I believe your reality is what you make it, what you choose to see, and what you choose to allow yourself to do. There are possibilities all around you – magic all around you – no matter what situation you’re in.” Keke Palmer, Actress As we dig into the second year of the pandemic, a …

As Sick As Your Secret

I take the subway from Central Park West down to Brooklyn. I’m headed to a party that some old friends from college are having. These are my chique, New York friends who unintentionally make me feel like a country bumpkin. My winter coat didn’t look so boxy, and my boots didn’t seem that scuffed, until …

World History of Drugs (Part V)

The following is part five in a series by author, George Lewis.  The 80s have arrived and the election of Reagan, drugs, and the Nicaraguan Civil War begins the evolution of the Iran-Contra Scandal, the betrayal of America in general and the betrayal of Black and Brown America specifically is about to take place. The …

Ask the Expert: Heather Jeffrey of Acres for Life

We feature an expert in the mental health and substance use disorder field to answer questions. This issue we talk to Heather Jeffrey of Acres for Life, a stable that offers equine therapy for those in addiction and other mental health issues.  Q: What is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)? Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is an experiential …

Hiking Tips for Successful Trails

The benefits of time in the outdoors – physical and mental health – are two of the top reasons people head outside. As the Minnesota Ambassador for Women Who Hike, I’ve been privileged to watch women who seek out ways to get outside. I have a glimpse into the reasons they hike. Their concerns, worries …

How COVID-19 Has Affected Mental Health and Addiction in Minnesota

The COVID-19 pandemic has had profound impacts on the mental health of people of all ages. In fact, many people who had never experienced mental health challenges have found themselves struggling for the first time. Never has it been more important to take care of ourselves, seek help when needed, and support our friends and …

Receiving Grace From Your Higher Power

“God speaks to us every day only we don’t know how to listen”.— Gandhi Unfortunately, too many of us don’t believe in a Higher Power, let alone actually listen to that voice within ourselves. It’s the guidance that summons us to bring out the better part of ourself and connect to others in ways that …