“If kids knew what they wanted to be at age eight, the world would be filled with cowboys and princesses. I wanted to be a pirate. Thank God no one took me seriously and scheduled me for eye removal and peg leg surgery.”
“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.''
Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
''Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.''
''The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.''
''Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.''
China Names New Chief of Religious Affairs Bureau Who Envisions the ‘Obliteration of Religion’
I know this isn’t a counseling article. I include it only as a reminder to all of us to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in China. This new leader and the previous one are known for their brutal attempts to end all religion. Click here to read full article.
‘Heaven Is Real’: Mom of 4 Dies, Meets God Face-to-Face, Comes Back
This is a story of a woman whose heart and breathing stopped for 27 minutes, who met the Lord in a preview of heaven, and now shares her experience those anyone who are interested. Click here to read full article.
Interesting Facts (from InterestingFacts.com)
Most animals have pink tongues, but giraffes have dark purple tongues, or sometimes blue or black ones. This is because of a higher concentration of melanin in their tongues. One theory to explain their darker tongues is that because they often eat leaves above the tree level, their melanin-infused tongues don’t get sunburned. Another interesting fact: giraffe’s tongues can be up to 21 inches long!
Do you know how James Bond was given his name? (Read answer below.)
Ian Fleming was an avid bird watcher. He wanted a name for his hero that was quiet and did not have any romantic overtones. One of the authors of one of his favorite books on bird- watching was James Bond, and he decided that name met the criteria he was looking for.
From “Inspiring Quotes”
One of Lincoln’s favorite stories involved an encounter with a stranger who apparently told him, “Some years ago I swore an oath that if I ever came across an uglier man than myself I'd shoot him on the spot.” It may be a tall tale, but Lincoln’s response is funny nonetheless.
Lincoln’s response: “Shoot me, for if I am an uglier man than you I don’t want to live.”
While visiting a wounded soldier, Lincoln noticed a young woman asking the injured man where he had been shot. The soldier had been shot through the testicles and didn’t wish to give the woman an answer. After talking with the soldier, Lincoln gave the woman this delicate explanation.
Lincoln’s response: “My dear girl, the ball that hit him, would have missed you.”
12 Ways to Build Strong ADHD Families
Edward Hallowell is a highly respected expert and counselor to families affected by ADHD. Here are 12 practical, concise suggestions for how to build strong families even though one or more children may have ADHD. Click here to read full article.
I’m finally quitting porn, so why do I feel worse?
When believers quit porn, one would think they would feel better because of relief from guilt and an improved sense of their relationship with God. However, some, as Amy, end up feeling worse. Here is a thoughtful answer from a Christian counselor. Click here to read full article.
FDA Approves Device To Help Identify Autism Earlier
The FDA has just approved a second device to help professionals identify autism spectrum disorders in early childhood. The one described in this article allows identification as early as 16 months. Click here to read full article.
Mom, Daughter Sue School District in Alleged Transgender ‘Coaching’ Case
I think this quote from this article gives a good glimpse into what is happening in this California school and very probably in some others. “The teachers bragged about spying on students’ online searches and activity as well as eavesdropping on their conversations to identify and recruit sixth-grade students into the LGBT clubs whose membership rolls were kept hidden from parents.” Click here to read full article.
‘Comprehensive Sex Ed’ Tied to Programs to Sexually Groom Children: Brenda Lebsack
In case you think the above article is an isolated example, be aware that sexual grooming of children is often occurring by the title “comprehensive sex ed.” Here is a quote from this article:
“Schools are adopting programs tied to “Comprehensive Sex Ed” and others that are teaching a hyper-sexualized narrative on gender and personal relationships. Behind these programs is a system that is pulling children from the authority of their parents, and exposing them to direct lines of communication with adults on sexual platforms. Children who refuse the new sexual and political narratives face various forms of racial and sexual discrimination, and parents who refuse to acknowledge the sexual narratives can be accused of ‘spiritual abuse.’ According to Brenda Lebsack, a teacher of 30 years and a former school board member for Orange Unified School District, these programs equate to the grooming of children and are part of a broader agenda.” Click here to read full article.
Europe Dialing Back Policies On Transgender Kids And Medical Intervention
Some European nations have been using puberty blockers and cross-gender hormones for several years but now, in contrast to the United States, are pulling back on these treatments.
For many years the most-used treatment for gender dysphoria was psychotherapy, and they are now returning to that instead. Click here to read full article.
My Story: Learning the Hard Way That Medication Is Key
Often when people with bipolar disorder have been stable for a few years they believe they no longer need medication to maintain their mental health, and no one can convince them otherwise. Sometimes hearing the story of someone else who believed the same thing can be helpful. Here is one such story. Click here to read full article.
For Boosting Self-Control, the Research Is Clear: Nothing Beats Religious Belief
Educators, counselors, and others recognize that self-control is an important factor in helping children, teens, and adults to make wise decisions and avoid making unwise decisions. Therefore anything that helps them do so is very important.
And this research indicated that one factor helps them to do so, and this factor increases self-control significantly. This study found that religious belief significantly improves people’s ability to have self-control. It is indeed unfortunate educators have been pushing aggressively to remove any religious beliefs from school instruction. Click here to read full article.
Fix Fatherlessness, Fix America: An Unapologetic Special
Another excellent short essay (7 minutes) by Amala Ekpunobi. She identifies how fatherlessness negatively impacts children, and also gives several positive suggestions for how to reduce fatherlessness in America. Click here to read full article.
7 Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
There are 7 mental health symptoms which occur along with Alzheimer’s disease with some regularity (i.e., often in 40% of the individuals who have Alzheimer’s). Those include anxiety, apathy, agitation, anger and aggression, depression, psychosis, and sleep problems. Click here to read full article.
Swimming’s Governing Body to Restrict Transgender Athletes From Competing in Women’s Sports
In a move that many see as justice for women, if males have experienced puberty they will not be eligible to compete as transgenders in female swimming competitions. Click here to read full article.
Falling Dominoes: Another Sports League Bans Transgender Athletes
The International Rugby League, the league that governs rugby world-wide, followed swimming’s governing body in restricting transgender athletes from competing on women’s rugby teams. Other sports are expected to follow. Click here to read full article.
13 Cancers Are Related to This 1 Physical Condition, and It’s Only Increasing
If you, or a loved one or a client, need a bit of extra motivation to go on (or stay on) a diet this research may be helpful. It discusses 13 types of cancer which are increased because of obesity. Click here to read full article.
“What Is a Woman” Shows Why We Must Protect Kids
Here are John Stonestreat and Casey Leander’s assessment of the documentary “What Is a Woman.” Click here to read full article.
Psychotic gender delusions
What does it mean when the most educated people in our culture cannot define what it means to be a woman. This retired law professor from Pepperdine University writes this (I believe) tongue in cheek about this situation. Click here to read full article.
Long Summer Days & Bipolar Disorder
It’s important for people with bipolar disorder to be aware that unusual amounts of sunlight can disrupt the body’s circadian rhythm and in people with bipolar disorder, can precipitate a manic or hypomanic episode. Click here to read full article.
Electroconvulsive Therapy Linked to Manic Episode Response
ECT is usually associated with treatment of severe depression, especially severe depression that hasn’t responded to various antidepressants. But this study from Sweden found that about 85% of patients in a manic episode also responded well to ECT. Click here to read full article.
Have a wonderful week!