When I was a young child, I’d visit friends whose parents bought a newly built home in Anaheim, CA. This was the early 1970’s and Star Trek was trending. One of the bathrooms in their new house had a shower that appeared (to us kids) like it was a space capsule, which could blast us off into another dimension. All of us little tykes would crowd inside, and in our minds, we really did blast off to another world. Not so much has changed with me in the wanderlust department. I s
Art is not so much about beauty, as it is about a portrayal of inward significance, and one of the places where this is evident was at last night’s pre-opening of Laguna Beach’s Sawdust Festival, exhibiting the works of over 175 artists. The SawDust Festival has brought together artist and art enthusiasts since 1966. Here, in sawdust lined aisles, one can wander through mixed media and creations of talented souls, while being entertained by live bands and noshing on festival
May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with pixies, and talk to the moon. Even though I live in Southern California and people from other parts of the globe think it’s always sunny here, winter days are short. When most of us arrive home from work at 6:00 PM, we would love to take a stroll outside, but it’s too dark. We begin to imagine and wish for summer days when the sun is still out at 7:00 PM. This return of bright days is celebrated with different traditions globall
Even though I floral arrange and design, I admit, I’m not at all a gardener. When I was young, I liked to play in the dirt, but I didn’t like to dig in the dirt to plant things. Maybe it's because I didn't have a lot of patience for that as a child. However, I've always loved being in a beautiful oasis of flowers. It brings me instant joy and serenity. By far the most epic home and garden emporium in Orange County, which inspires me to create an outdoor environment where I ca
With the recent tragedies that occurred this past week, it’s important to post some suggestion for those experiencing or know someone experiencing major depression or depression of any kind. It is also necessary to point out that people with depression just cannot snap out of it. It’s an illness, just as cancer is an illness. You wouldn’t tell someone suffering from cancer to “snap out of it,” would you? Therefore, it’s crucial to know that it's just not helpful at all to tel
Years ago, I owned a photography business and was shooting “Kahuna Klaus” (Hawaiian version of Santa Claus) photos at Hilo Hattie, a Hawaiian themed store that once was at The Block of Orange. A group of people had their photo taken with Kahuna Klaus and when one of the gals (who was a very young adult) in the group saw her image in a photo, she said, “Oh, I look fat!” *photos do not depict actual people mentioned in the post Many people looked at her incrediously because the
Ever since I told my patients I would take a break from practicing psychotherapy, I’ve had several of them ask me if I’ve returned to the office. For the past several months, more and more of these former patients have asked, “Doc, are you back yet? Can you work with me again? I thought I’d take some time out, work on writing a few books (in the works), and my blog posts. However, I do get calls from patients who ask me to return.The word vocation derives from the word "call"