To The Ones Who Hurt This Season

Deck the halls with drama. Fat Santa inflatables puff to life on lawns in my neighborhood. Colored lights burn warm around window frames, and star-topped trees flash gold as threaded tinsel peeks through pine branches. Yes there is cheer — elaborate displays of cheer. My emotions waver from euphoria to agony, agony to euphoria. I am grateful, but ...

When the Holidays Hurt: How to Get Back to Gratitude

It’s sweater season again. The atmosphere’s aglow with holiday bulbs, tinsel-trimmed trees and the luster of long buried credit cards emerging at checkouts. I have a love-hate relationship with the holidays. A part of me revels in the romance of tradition, the spirit of celebration. At the same time, I’m reminded of unfortunate family dynamics. ...