Life Ain’t For Sissies*


Most posts are observations, derived from my work as a clinical psychologist, teacher, writer, and aging adult.  Please join the dialogue.

*a nod to Bette Davis, who is reported to have said, “Old age ain’t for sissies.”

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Monky family
With the recent news filled with talk of Trump bragging about being a “stable genius,” I suppose many parents are wondering about how to raise such a wunderkind. Or, more likely, how to avoid it!  Although I have no actual knowledge about how Donald Trump was parented,…read more at

Li’l Donnie – innie or outie?

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Tips for Managing Anxiety

dead tree silhoueteLike a constant low buzz, anxiety has been plaguing many people for over a year. Whether our worries are about the world and politics or closer to home, such as jobs, families and ourselves, almost everyone I know (in my personal life as well as my clinical practice) seems to be in a state of anxiety.  So, here are some brief thoughts that may help.   Read more

My Chinese American Family Christmas


My Chinese American grand daughter now speaks English. She started kindergarten and now talks about her special friend Levi and how she’s not going to marry him. She says, “no, the final answer is no”. She draws an angry face and says, “I’m mad at mommy”

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Li’l Donnie finishes his Christmas shopping

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Best of 2017

Everyone’s making year end lists. Read the funny, sad, inspiring list compiled by


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Tis the Season…


Repairing the Ties that Bind

December 6, 2017

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