Blog2021-06-11T14:41:39-07:00

How to Explain the Death of a Pet Cat to a 4 Year Old – Part 1 of 3

So our cat, Sophie, has been diagnosed with kidney failure. I knew something was wrong. Smaller stools, lack of urine, and more lethargy. And as with any possible loss, I was and am still in a state of denial. Add to this, the vet found a heart murmur which could be indicative of heart failure. Her levels are very bad, and so it’s just not looking good for our dear

January 22nd, 2022|Uncategorized|

Can we “Marie Kondo” our Social Media?

A couple years ago, here in Missoula, my wife and I watched the Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. We made it just barely through half an episode. The premise of the show is to follow the Japanese practice of simplicity. The idea is great. But the reality show format was not so great. I have learned about the ways that reality TV manipulates viewers. They manufacture outrage and drama.

January 21st, 2022|Uncategorized|

In Praise of Awe

I once told a friend that in order to truly love Montana, it helps to leave it. I had just spent a year in Bristol, England working on a master’s degree. England is pretty. It is historic. But when I returned to Montana, I was hit with a sense of awe. The mountains, the moon-rise above them, and the dramatic big skies all envelop us in a near-daily sense of

January 19th, 2022|Uncategorized|

“Don’t Look Up” and the American Psyche

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 4 Many of us have seen the Netflix satirical movie, Don’t Look Up. If you haven’t seen it, you have probably heard about it. The movie debuted late last month and quickly became Netflix’s second most-watched hit of all time. The movie is ostensibly about climate change. However, it features scientists played by Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio, who discover a comet coming for the

January 17th, 2022|Uncategorized|

“Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari – Chapter 12 on “Religion” – Book Review

Here at Sunflower Counseling in Missoula, MT - we like to read. Here's today's book review of one of the greatest best-sellers of all time in the subject of History and Science.  Religion Yuval Harari says that many people feel religion has been a source of disunion and disagreement. Especially in today’s heated political environment! But we can’t ignore how it’s also been an immense unifier. Just as we believe in

January 15th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Self-Care by Taking Care of Others

We are heading into year 3 of the pandemic. Yikes! Many of us are burned out. Or we are seeing others around us suffer. As we head into 2022, it is important to take care of ourselves. And one way to do that is taking care of others. A friend of mine recently asked her friends on social media: “what is your source of motivation right now?” What is yours?

January 14th, 2022|Uncategorized|
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