Happy Talk!

“Happy talk, keep talking happy talk. Talk about things you’d like to do.” This line from the Rogers & Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” always made me smile. Not so much the boy-girl thing, but definitely the positive outlook that “happy talk” about things I wanted to do (dreams) could make life unfold the way I (more…)

Brain Injury Doesn’t Mean Social Isolation

One thing I’m glad about is that my brain injury rarely made me feel isolated and alone, like with so many other brain injury survivors. I did feel it briefly a few times, but that was because soon after I was discharged from the hospital in St. Paul I was shipped to Tacoma, where I (more…)

Becoming Mindful in 3 Easy Steps

We’ve gotten wonderful feedback on our Monday Mindful series. I’m excited that during this difficult time we’ve been able to continue supporting our community with the information, ideas, and encouragement we all want. Today we’re sharing three simple steps for becoming mindful and focused on the present moment by using all five senses. Our exercise (more…)

Staying Organized Doesn’t Have To Be Painful

How often do we try different systems to manage tasks, track appointments, or just write down a note or two? And how many times have we discovered that one is more complicated than the last one we tried? Then there’s the agonizing effort we are too often unsuccessful with at making it a habit. Don’t (more…)

My TBI & Jury Duty

You hear about it happening to people all the time, including people you know. And you’re left to wonder whether it will ever happen to you as well. And then one day, out of the blue it happens: a summons to report for jury duty.  It happened to me recently. I’d actually been hoping it would (more…)

What’s The Buzz? Tell Me What’s A-Happening!

What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s a-happening? I was 14 when the smash album became a Broadway sensation. Jesus Christ Superstar ruffled more than a few feathers, but to this rebellious teenager, it was a personally freeing experience. But that’s a story for another time. Norman Jewison, the film’s director, said, “These kids are trying (more…)