Author Archive | Adele Ryan McDowell

Potent wisdom; great advice

START CLOSE IN By David Whyte Start close in, don’t take the second step or the third, start with the first thing close in, the step you don’t want to take. Start with the ground you know, the pale ground beneath your feet, your own way to begin the conversation. Start with your own question, […]

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Happy Halloween

Halloween is here! I love this time of year. There is the snap of fall weather and the crunch of leaves. There are flickering pumpkins and kids hopping up and down with delight in their costumed glory. And, of course, there is chocolate and other sweet treats. Truly, a great holiday. And this holiday could […]

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Some thoughts on courage

Years ago, I read an article by Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D. in Psychology Today in which she talked about the universally-admired character trait of courage. Dr. Greenberg defined courage by the following well-discerned six attributes. Feeling Fear Yet Choosing to Act Following Your Heart Persevering in the Face of Adversity Standing Up For What Is Right Expanding […]

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12 Things you should know about suicide

This is a timely reminder given this is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month.  Please go gently with one another.  It’s a tough world out there. 12 Things You Should Know about Suicide Suicide is a dirty word, mired in judgment, shame, and taboo. It is often whispered or, even, denied (“Oh, he died of heart […]

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Everyday Peace

Thursday, September 21 is International Peace Day. To honor this very worthy occasion, I am sharing, again, an essay on peace for your kind consideration. Peace starts with each and every one of us. It shows its face in how we react and respond to everything that comes our way in our daily parade of […]

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13 Everyday Ways to Help Prevent Suicide

September is Suicide Prevention Month or, conversely, pending where in the world you are, Suicide Awareness Month. This is the month where we focus our attention and energies on the rampant global epidemic of suicide and consider ways to end this pernicious, deep sorrow. To that end, over the coming days on The Penguin, I […]

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