Five Positive Things…

 I remember hearing once that humans need an emotional and experiential bank account, just as much as we might need monetary savings.  That every positive experience is a deposit into that bank account.  And that every negative experience draws against our savings....more

Choosing an Optimistic Outlook on Life

Every day of your life you will be faced with choices. It’s entirely up to you whether you choose the pessimist’s view and end up living a self-defeated life, or choose to take the optimistic route and create a challenging and fulfilling life.Optimism has been linked to everything from positive mood and good morale; to academic, athletic, military, occupational and political success; to popularity; to good health and even to long life and freedom from trauma.OPTIMISTS EXPECT THE BEST...more

The Power of Positive Thinking Ate My Science Homework

Doesn't it hurt when you are terribly sick with a cold and someone suggests you think yourself into wellness? It hurts me and that is just a cold. It hurts even more when someone suggests the thoughts I had during pregnancy have made my child anxious. I live with an anxious child and he is a complete delight. I'm not sure if I took away all the more troublesome aspects of Henry that he'd be the same person. Should I wish for a different better child? Is he less valuable to our society because his brain works differently? It's not exactly busted....more

Mia Pratt's Honeymoon for One: Sex and the Village (is not so different from Sex and the City)

Living in a 3rd-word village has many challenges for a single woman traveling and living alone, but one of the most difficult aspects is dealing with one’s sex life - or in my case, the lack of one. Despite my liberated and adventurous ways, I’ve never been one for one-night stands or short-term hook-ups. I’m old fashioned, and like for things to “simmer” for a good while before turning up the heat....more

Mia Pratt's Honeymoon for One: Mexican Rainbows and Wabi Sabi

The thunderstorm of last night has passed and I woke up this morning to the sound of birds singing in a dozen different tunes. Last night I dreamed of Geisha's dancing, white faced, in Kimonos encrusted in gold embroidery with colorful themes running throughout. I stood behind the curtains watching them from the side of a stage, trying to decipher the stories from each Kimono....more

Mental Spring Cleaning

This year, more than any other year I can recall, I am really eager for spring to arrive.  It’s been a very long and snowy winter here in the Mid-Atlantic.  There are still some dirty snow piles left from the back-to- back blizzards we had the begin...more