A Cup of Comfort



she did not need very much


There is great beauty and many beautiful things to be appreciated.  But, people with sincerity, integrity, honesty, empathy and an ability to laugh often and well, surpass them them all.


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Story Beats Monologue

We all long to hear stories. I love talking to people on the bus to work and learning their stories. This is far more interesting than a monologue of opinions or complaints. I want to know something about you in a story. That shows me who you really are.

conversation is an engine

Why, again, do we elevate didactic talking points?

I hear “story” a lot these days.

Clients are looking for stories because stories show how something—their product, for instance—works in real life. A story is engaging. There is some tension in a story. There is a human factor in a story—we get to know some character. There is specificity that perks our attention. This is all story stuff.

We must work to help the story emerge We must work to help the story emerge

Students like stories because they put a concept together into an easily digestible form.

In some ways it seems like nearly anything put in story form gets attention. Even over at Dumb Sketch Daily people comment that they are curious about stories behind the various dumb sketches appearing there. And if there is no story, the reader makes one up. It’s nearly an involuntary response. Our minds are made to put things together, to look…

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Disney College Program: Aloha!

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Well everyone, you are looking at the newest Walt Disney Merchantainment Cast Member at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort! Let’s just say I was a little more than thrilled to find out my work location. I was nervous to find out where I would be working. Considering I have…


What a wonderful story of strength! We are all working on overcoming something whether it be mental illness or deep anger at others. There is always hope for getting stronger, healthier, and wiser.

Fantastic Em

im fine

This phrase had become all too familiar to me over the last few years. It is easy to downplay and try to cover up the feelings of anxiety, especially since it isn’t visible on the outside. But it always creeps back up and causes incidents.

My issues with anxiety began around the age of 14. I didn’t understand what it was until around 17 though. I can remember always feeling nervous, never wanted to raise my hand during class or speak out, and I would always sit in the very back of the classroom and bury my face in a book. In these moments I always just assumed it was the “awkward teenage phase” but it was more than that. My first actual panic attack happened during my last week of high school. I remember walking down the hall and getting this sinking feeling of panic, my heart raced and…

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Healthy Habits

I really needed to hear this! It is so helpful. Please be kind to yourself if you are working on new habits whether they be eating better, not self-harming, going out of the house more, etc. The process will take time, not happen immediately.

Aspire to Inspire

I always see people pushing to the next limit. Pushing their body to a point they’re not prepared for, instead of doing it the right way. The right way is a slower process, but it’s incredibly rewarding. Don’t beat yourself up over eating some chocolate, that slice of pizza on a Friday night, or the day this week you were so exhausted after work you skipped exercise.

We’re all aware eating your veggies, and burning some calories are good for you…but the health we ignore all a fitness journey, is our mental health. It’s not healthy to want to punch yourself in the face, everytime you make small decisions that might not be the most healthy. It’s the baby steps in the right direction that really matter, and are truly rewarding. Be grateful for every smart decision you’ve made. If you want to eat something “bad”, have a little less…

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What Kind of Tree Are You?

Beautiful post! I love trees and found this a helpful metaphor.

Unshakable Hope

Some might be disappointed, but this is not one of those quizzes like I see posted on Facebook. (There actually is one of those quizzes with this same title, but I didn’t take it because I was afraid that the results would show that I was Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree).
tree-onlyTen or twelve years ago, let’s just say eleven, Mary and I were shopping at Home Depot. After finishing our shopping in the store, we wandered out to the garden department to look for some small trees. It was November, and most of the plants were marked down because they were making room for Christmas trees.

Mary got hung up looking at wreathes and other boring items, so I cruised my wheelchair over to go look at trees. As it turned out, there were not many trees left, and I didn’t see anything I was interested in. Just when I was…

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A Frozen Ride Is Coming to Disney World

This is why the Norway ride is closed now. 🙂 Today was not very long at work but filled with ups and downs. Having a bit of Elsa’s chill might be nice now because I am feeling sick. Maybe it is the weather…


The smash-hit animated musical Frozen, which is already getting a sequel and a Broadway show, will also be transformed into an amusement park ride, opening in 2016 at Disney World’s Epcot.

“Frozen Ever After” will replace the 27-year-old Maelstrom water ride at the Norway pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, Disney announced on Tuesday. Visitors will be shuttled in logs through a festival in the fictional land of Arendelle from the film. Riders will watch citizens celebrate winter in the middle of summer thanks to Elsa’s magical ice-creating powers. And riders will eventually reach Elsa’s Ice Palace, where the princess will be singing—what else?—”Let It Go.”

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Animatronic versions of Anna, Kristof and Olaf will also appear. Disney’s designers and engineers, known as Imagineers at Disney World, have even recruited the film’s composers, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez, to write new lyrics for the chart-topping songs.


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With the Wind Just Flying Through My Hair

What a great coping skill to use! It might be difficult, but try to put yourself into another situation or experience something as another person. Even better, go back to a happy moment of your life. That sounds lovely to me!

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Like many of you when driving, my mind races with thoughts of things I have to do, problems to solve, errands to run, crisis to deal with and so forth. Yesterday was different. As I was driving on a back road to get to a client’s home, I found myself following a gentleman, (or gentlewoman as I couldn’t tell; the only clue being the gray hair on the back of his/her head.) Because it was an awesomely beautiful day after a horrendous winter of being snowbound, the top to the MG convertible was down, sunlight shining happily on the occupant. Looking at the car, I recognized it as similar to the one bought with my own money when I was a teenager. My pride and joy that was purchased with my dad, a gentleman who did not generally interact with people, including me. Buying that car bonded us…

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Fun Ways to Dispel Anger

So often, people are afraid to be angry. I love how this therapy group dealt with the emotion. Too bad I cannot do it alone because it would be a great coping skill!


If any of you have ever had group therapy, you will know what I mean when I say that every session has an atmosphere. You can walk into the room and instantly feel relaxed and open or, as it felt this week, you can feel the tension and sadness and want to walk straight back out again.

I don’t know why it seems to happen that the whole group feels one underlying emotion at the same time. Do moods become cyclical? Does the strongest personality in the room influence the others? Is it the weather? Whatever, this week our group was angry, sad, tired and and lacking in motivation to want to change.

But our therapists are amazing and they like a challenge. Picking up on the ange6e22bce2e1267b72615bccebb2ee0807r and knowing that we weren’t going to get anywhere in a session full of so much negativity, our female therapist said…

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Depression – Real. Talk.

People sometimes ask me what depression sounds like or seem confused about how mental illness feels. Here is a great example of what the voice in your head constantly says. The sad thing is that you begin to think it is the only thing that will be there for you always.

surviving the specter


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