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You Don’t Need a Diagnosis to Need Help

On this family vacation, we went off the beaten path, through icy waters and deep into breathtaking beauty. Photo credit: Brian Deutsch “I’ve worked with people with a variety of communication and cognitive disorders secondary to a variety of diagnoses,[...]

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Free Resources: Transitions and Burnout

Going through a transition is challenging and anxiety-provoking. No getting around it. Burnout saps us. Sigh. Whatever… Ouch. If we participate in our own lives, recognizing our urge to grow in new ways, we’ll encounter each at one time or another.[...]

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Writing that Inspired Me, End of Winter

I’m thinking of words that fueled me over the winter on this creative journey called Life. In no particular order: The Sports Page: Yes, the real sports page in your newspaper. This is some of my favorite writing in our[...]

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Buds

First, I look at the colors ­– cream fringed with pink; deep scarlet; and then, gold, peach and salmon, like a sunset. I lean forward to breathe in the fragrance of each one. If I smell only blank air from[...]

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The Dragon Slayer in You

“Transition is the natural process of disorientation and reorientation that marks the turning points in the path of growth…transitions are key times in the natural process of self-renewal.” William Bridges   When I returned to work as a speech-language pathologist[...]

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Breaking and Making Habits – My Summer Book Review

When I was a newly minted speech pathologist working at UVA Health Sciences Center, my friend, John Caine, chastised me for my habit of reading several books at once. “Oh, Melissa,” he shook his head. “You should always read just[...]

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Paths

When I returned to paid work after 12 years as a stay-at-home mom, I was flabbergasted at how daunting the process of switching gears was. What was I getting myself into? What was the “right” path? I had a hard[...]

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