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Making Sh*t Up: Creativity’s Dark Side

When I was a college counselor, I once worked with a senior who was a talented art student. She came to see me tortured by anxiety and depression. It turns out she’d been depressed throughout high school and college. When I asked her how she had put up with feeling awful for all that time, […]

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Kahlo Diary

Happy Birthday, Frida!

Today is the 103rd anniversary of the birth of the acclaimed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s birth.  Kahlo’s life offers an inspiring example of how art and creativity can help us live rich and fulfilling lives despite trauma or pain. When she was six years old, Kahlo contracted polio, which left one leg smaller than the […]

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Making Memorial Day Matter

For most of us in the U.S. it’s a welcome three day weekend. It’s the start of the summer. It’s time to fire up the grill and invite some friends over for barbecue. But for military families who’ve lost loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan, or who are living without their deployed loved ones, Memorial Day is no picnic. […]

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