Rita Abdallah

Why Imagination Matters

Living in the Wild West or Endless Color What was it like to be famous gunfighter Jesse James in America’s Old West? A gunfighter possesses extraordinary courage in the face of danger. He fiercely defends himself and community from dangerous outlaws and rivals. With a cautious eye and closed-off heart, gunfighter James erected an impenetrable …

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Stand for Love

“There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates. Doubt is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts – a sword that kills.” -Buddha Bernice finds the ups and downs of the past year weighing on her heart. She has managed to …

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Holding Holiday Moments

Is it stressful thinking how you will open up your calendar to accommodate friends’ parties, visits and road trips in December? Is it hard to commit to large blocks of time to commit to the same old holiday festivity-making? According to a poll by the American Psychological Association, nearly 25% of Americans reported feelings of “extreme …

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Forgiveness: The Ultimate Holiday Gift

Ho, Ho, Ho, give me your dough! Before long we’ll be running through store aisles and cruising online past midnight for “perfect gifts” for loved ones. Merchants will try to convince us to also buy items for ourselves. Are we complicit to copping to the rationale “We’re in a well-deserved shopping mood and deserve to …

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Avoiding Holiday Meltdowns

Ho, Ho, No? Holidays can bring out the best – or worst in us. Amid commercials depicting cheery families dressed in matching pajamas, there is often a quiet melancholy that drifts into our psyches. We mix fantasy, memories, guilt and mild skepticism into a seasonal beverage that we consume in large quantities. A lot of …

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Caregiving and the Holidays: It CAN Happen With Joy!

For most of us, the holidays are about connection with those we love and cherish. People travel far and wide just to make the most of this special time of year. How do we celebrate December while caring for those who may be compromised in body, mind or spirit? Homebound? Mentally challenged? Spiritually down? Some …

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