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Below are suggestions for books, blogs and general information I found helpful.

Books

Chödrön, Pema. When Things Fall Apart. Heart Advice for Difficult Times. (1997) Boulder, CO: Shambhala Publications. The author shows how moving towards painful situations and becoming intimate with them can open our hearts in unimagined ways.

Feiler, Bruce. Life Is In The Transitions. Mastering Change At Any Age. (2020) New York: Penguin. An excellent read on how to navigate life’s biggest transitions with meaning, purpose, and skill.

Frankel, Victor E. Man’s Search for Meaning. (1959) Boston: Beacon Press. “One of the greatest books of all time,” an autobiographical account of life in 4 different Nazi death camps and how the author survived.

Hahn, Thich Nhat. Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life. (1991) New York: Bantam. Simple, gentle, wise readings.

Hanson, Rick PH.D with Mendius, Richard, MD. Buddah’s Brain. (2009) Oakland, CA: New Harbinger. An interesting and easy read about the functionings of our brain integrated with core precepts of Buddhism.

James, John W and Friedman, Russell. The Grief Recovery Handbook. (2009) New York: Harper-Collins. A program for moving beyond death, divorce and other losses.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Wherever You Go There You Are Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. (1994) New York: Hyperion. Reminds us to be conscious of our life on a daily basis.

Lesser, Elizabeth. Broken Open. How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow. (2005) New York: Random House, Inc. Truly remarkable book, beautifully written with great wisdom and heart.

Walkup, Jim. I Do. (2019) CA: Althea Press. An extremely smart and helpful guide to transitioning from being single to getting married. All of the important questions and issues you want to discuss before walking down the aisle.

Websites

Elizabeth Lesser. Make a commitment to meditation and live a more peaceful, vibrant and generous life.

Mark Manson. Author, Thinker, Life Enthusiast

The Pema Chödrön Foundation. Author, spiritual thinker, Buddhist.

Daily OM. Features a universal approach to holistic living for the mind, body, and spirit and supports people who want to live a conscious lifestyle.

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    In Person with Susan

    Interview on WGSN-DB Going Solo Network.

    Mental Health, Divorce and the Courts

    Why is it you can get married in a matter of minutes yet to divorce it takes months to years? I know you probably think it’s due to the behavior of the participants — the fighting, the threatening, the need to come out on top, but I believe that’s just half of the story and there’s something more sinister afoot.

    Divorcing a Narcissist – Part II

    In Part I of “Divorcing A Narcissist” I describe the character traits of an individual diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. As a reminder, these are people who have an overblown sense of importance, lack empathy and compassion, are manipulative, fantasize...

    Divorcing a Narcissist, Part I

    If you thought getting divorced from your typical disgruntled spouse is fraught with nail-biting, weight-loss and hair falling out, you’ve never divorced a Narcissist.

    Did I Miss the Class on Getting Divorced?

    What I wish I knew… Most people don’t plan on getting divorced. Some may decide to get a prenuptial agreement, but again, we rarely believe it’ll be necessary.

    Divorce in The Time of CO-VID 19

    If you thought your marriage was on the rocks before Co-Vid 19, by now you're probably clinging to an iceberg in the middle of the Antarctic, no safe haven in sight.If not Co-vid, the harrowing election and cataclysmic course the country must reconcile has unbalanced...

    What About Those Pesky Expectations?

    This isn’t the life I’m supposed to have,” she roared at her therapist. Calmly but sternly her therapist replied, “Yes… but this is your life.” Maggie sat there stunned, the world coming to an abrupt halt. This was the first time Maggie allowed herself the thought, “YES, this is my life… now what?!?”

    We All Have a Story

    We all have a story to tell, a unique tale solely of our own. My guess is most of us are changed somehow by the experience, weaving it into our tapestry of life or burying it deep within ourselves, carrying a heavy heart that doesn’t have to be.

    Between You and Me…

    Mental Health, Divorce and the Courts
    Mental Health, Divorce and the Courts

    Why is it you can get married in a matter of minutes yet to divorce it takes months to years? I know you probably think it’s due to the behavior of the participants — the fighting, the threatening, the need to come out on top, but I believe that’s just half of the story and there’s something more sinister afoot.

    Divorcing a Narcissist – Part II
    Divorcing a Narcissist – Part II

    In Part I of “Divorcing A Narcissist” I describe the character traits of an individual diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. As a reminder, these are people who have an overblown sense of importance, lack empathy and compassion, are manipulative, fantasize...

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