Up in Smoke: Facing the Fire Threat on Top of the Rest

By Emily Phifer, M.S. MFT   Approaching Burnout How are we to manage the fatigue of yet another threat (that of fires), on top of the Covid-19 specter which has been looming large for the past 6 months, and the racial upheaval and political unrest fueling division in our country? If you’re approaching burnout right about now, wondering how to keep putting one foot in front of another, you’re not alone. With the recent added trauma of the devastating West Coast fires, this year has just served up yet another whopping stressor to...

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The Buy Nothing Project: Grace Given and Received

By Emily Phifer, M.S. MFT No Strings Attached During the quarantine and pandemic over these past 5 + months, I have found a new joy in giving and receiving.  In the course of joining a local “Buy Nothing” group, I found myself participating in the communal shared (virtual) space of stating needs or wants, offering up gifts for the taking, and expressing desire for certain items that would otherwise go to waste or simply take up space.  There is tangible excitement in finding items that I might need or want for my...

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