Don’t end up miserable on Valentine’s Day

Fantasy is a normal healthy part of staying alive, but we need to utilize it to our advantage, not disadvantage. Let’s look at how Natalie is using fantasy in my new romance book. It isn’t all to her advantage! Natalie, the central character in Next Year in Jerusalem! has been struggling with romantic and exaggerated […]

Recovering from Hurricane Sandy

A few facts to keep in mind: 1. Whenever we are faced with a sudden crisis and we break out of our routine for survival purposes we are going to soon feel exhausted. Some people feel supercharged at first, but sooner or later we all get tired. This is normal. Doing chores under stress, often […]

The Psychotherapy Treatment Room Needed to Be Revamped and Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, Positive Psychologist, Took On The Challenge!

This short video gives you background on the type of research with women I did that led to the discovery of The Enchanted Self(R). I did case study research on women ages early 30’s to 80’s and discovered that although they all had absorbed some negative messages in childhood, all of them had enhanced senses of […]

Writing as a Positive Psychologist: Part 2

Let’s move ahead to the publication of THE TRUTH (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything.   How in the world as a psychologist as a psychologist and a writer, did I end up with my 4th book being fiction, designed for girls, tweens, teens, moms and women, and how does it dove-tail […]

Writing as a Positive Psychologist: Part 1

It is always interesting to learn about the writer behind the book. For example, I was delighted to find out that the passionate woman behind the memoir I am currently reading, Silver Pages on the Lawn, is well into her 90’s! Somehow that reassures me about my own aging. I was also delighted to find […]

New Year’s Resolutions, Oh No! Not Again!

 Once again that time is approaching when we are called upon to make promises to ourselves. Supposedly in our best interest, we are bombarded with encouragements from the press and each other to list our resolutions for the New Year. If we don’t come up with at least three or four, we may feel guilty […]

Boredom, NO, Stimulation and Friendship, YES!

Do you know that there is a part of each of ourselves that needs adventure and daring. Boredom is not a healthy state.  We all need change and variety.  The question is how can we get changes in our lives without disrupting our personal apple cart or taking unnecessary risks?  Sometimes we are hampered by […]

The Loss of A Mother, My Mother

Some of you know that my mother passed away last November 11th. It is now almost a year. I miss her so much. Sometimes I feel she is right here still with me. One example is when I sit down to write my latest book, a romance-mystery novel for women, I feel often that she […]