Thursday, 04 December 2014 16:56
Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C
The holidays can be a wonderful and cozy time of year. We reconnect with those long forgotten warm sweaters that have waited patiently for us in the back of our closets. Everything we eat and drink is pumpkin flavored. We start to look longingly at our fireplaces, and even anticipate the first snowfall. But for many people, the shift out of daylight savings and other harbingers of fall and winter create feelings of anxiety, loneliness, anger, and depression. Many therapists report an upswing in referrals this time of year, and the focus is often on the difficult feelings that colder weather, less sunshine, and the approaching holiday season evokes.
Motivational Moments: Take care of yourself during the holidays
Thursday, 04 December 2014 16:53
The holidays have arrived and everyone seems to be getting ready to spend time with family and friends near and far. During this time of the year families celebrate the joy that the season brings and also the appreciation of time shared with loved ones.
Survey shows many not ready to pay for care as they age: "Own Your Future" initiative encourages Minnesotans to plan ahead
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:47
Research shows that 70 percent of people 65 and older will need long-term care at some point in their lives. Despite these projections, the 2014 Department of Human Services' State Fair Survey shows more than 30 percent Minnesotans do not know how they would pay for that care. An additional 13 percent of respondents said they would rely on government programs to pay for long-term care.
Apply for your U.S. passport now, before the busy winter travel season
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:37
If you're traveling internationally for the winter holidays, now is the time to apply for your U.S. passport. The Department is offering faster processing times than the summer, and hundreds of passport acceptance facilities are expanding their hours.
When I change the world changes with me! This is my personal affirmation. All of us would like for things to change for the better. It is within this hope that you are able to deal with life's up's and down's. Some look for change to take place outside of them. They wish for others to be different. The truth is that real change takes place within us. In order to live life to its fullest, you must change what you see, say, and do. You have to become the change you wish to see.
AUGUST 5, 1972 - NOVEMBER 1, 2014: Remembering Ackeesa Ta Harms-McFarlane
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:01
Remarks by Al McFarlane 2pm Friday, November 14, 2014
Ackeesa Ta McFarlane-Harms, age 42, of NE Mpls., passed away Nov. 1, 2014. Preceded in death by mother, Theresa Harms. Survived by daughters, KiLeeah Rowe and Tyrisa McFarlane-Harms; grandchildren, Kahmyla, Kahmya, Kenneth and Kilecia; father, Wain McFarlane; sister, Antonia Harms; brother, Miles McFarlane; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Four ways to tell if you are on the right road to success
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 11:57
I work with so many people who complain about the jobs they have. Some say they wish they didn't have to work so many hours. Some say they wish they didn't have to work weekends, and then there are those who just wish they could be working their dream job and not helping to build someone else's dream. But when I ask them the question, "What they would do if they could follow their passion and work a job that is near and dear to their heart?" Most people don't even know what their passion is. I have a passion to write and I don't know what I would do if I couldn't do it. That's what I mean by finding your passion. Your passion is what drives you to stay on track and to complete the goals you set to better your life and make you happy. Here are a few questions to ask yourself that may help you to figure it out.