Chicken Spaghetti

This really is a fabulous casserole, and the only one in existence that my husband will eat!   There is a lot of “stuff” in this casserole, but the way I ensure widespread acceptance and bliss by those I serve it to is to keep everything diced very small and to season it adequately. And I’ll[…]

The biggest calorie bomb at Thanksgiving dinner & 10 fun Thanksgiving food facts

There’s a lot that’s changed about Thanksgiving in the years since the Pilgrims gathered for their first meal of thanks. For instance, they weren’t were watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade while they basted their bird (that started in 1924) or rummaging through sale racks for a bargain sweater the day after on Black Friday.[…]

What Are the Holiday Blues?

Feelings of sadness that last throughout the holiday season—especially during the months of November and December—are often referred to as the holiday blues or holiday depression. The holidays are usually viewed as a time of happiness and rejoicing. But for some people, it can be a period of painful reflection, sadness, loneliness, anxiety, and depression. Even[…]

Assertive Communication Is Healthy, Not ‘Bossy’ — Here’s Why

Assertive communication involves clear, honest statements about your beliefs, needs, and emotions. Think of it as a healthy midpoint between passive communication and aggressive communication.  When you communicate assertively, you share your opinions without judging others for theirs.  You advocate for yourself when necessary, and you do it with politeness and consideration because assertiveness involves[…]

Looking at My Genes: What Can They Tell Me About My Mental Health?

  Overview Mental disorders are health conditions that affect how a person thinks, feels, and acts. These disorders can impact a person’s life in significant ways, including how they cope with life events, earn a living, and relate to others.“Why did this happen?” That is a common question that patients and their families have following[…]