First Day of School

Cynthia L. Eppley 09/10/2021 “You’re off to great places. Today is your first day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” Dr. Seuss School Days It is that time of year.If you look through our old pictures, you will find the mandatory “First Day of School” pictures.Fresh scrubbed faces, freckled with the summer sun.HugeContinue reading “First Day of School”

Backward Pictures

Cynthia L. Eppley    05/28/2021 I’ve noticed pictures showing up that are taken from the rear view of the person. The person is walking away, and the photographer can’t resist but take the picture. I’ve done it myself. It seems a universal appeal. I asked my daughter in law why people do this? She responded:Continue reading “Backward Pictures”

When Mother’s Day is Hard

Cynthia L. Eppley 05/09/2021 Mother’s Day It is a holiday that we celebrate and dread, all at the same time.There is a certain amount of loss associated with being a mother.Often, we don’t talk about it.But it lingers, right beneath the surface; at times it bubbles over into our presence….like on Mother’s Day. Bereaved Mother’sContinue reading “When Mother’s Day is Hard”

Hugs: Be the Last One to Let Go

Cynthia L. Eppley, MA Hugs These are strange times in this changing world. COVID has kept us home and isolated. Even though many areas have gone to “Green”, there are still restrictions and face masks are mandatory in public places. And although the numbers have been decreasing, there are areas where they are slowly rising.Continue reading “Hugs: Be the Last One to Let Go”

An Interview Concerning COVID

Cynthia L. Eppley, MA Pastor Douglas Dwyer, Addisville Church asked me to do a Q&A session around the Pandemic of COVID-19. We sought to address the following: How disruptive is the experience? Is there something wrong with feeling anxious? What are some side effects or symptoms of anxiety, such as frustration, feeling of being overwhelmed,Continue reading “An Interview Concerning COVID”

Social Distancing and Mental Health

Cynthia L. Eppley, MA Social distancing and Mental health Social distancing has taken its toll on us in many ways. I’ve already written on this in my blogs on Loss and Grief.Loss in a Pandemic,Social Distancing,Grief 101Children Anxiety and CoronaBut there is so much more to this topic. Fear There is a real fear of the economicContinue reading “Social Distancing and Mental Health”

Kids and Validation during COVID

Cynthia L. Eppley, MA The Worst of Times We are in trying times. Many of us are trying to get through the day. And then we are faced with an angry, sullen teenager. Or a toddler that is pitching a fit.We really do want this to be over, quickly, don’t we?We want to shout: “GetContinue reading “Kids and Validation during COVID”

Children Anxiety and Corona

Cynthia L. Eppley, MA There is so much sorrow and loss swirling around us during this Pandemic. As adults, I speak with many who are struggling. But what about the children? They haven’t developed the verbal acuity to describe what is happening within their hearts. They let us know in other ways. Sponges Children areContinue reading “Children Anxiety and Corona”

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