emotional wellness

Dawn shares her thoughts on various topics through her Emotional Wellness column, published in the Middletown Transcript each month.


View past columns on the Middletown Transcript site or find them below.

June 30, 2016

When I was in college, I heard of someone who refused to watch the news because it was too negative. My young self who had an affinity for horror movies scoffed at what seemed like an exaggerated reaction to something as ordinary as "news."

Fast forward to today's news...

May 26, 2016

“Be a man”, “Toughen up”, “You want something to cry about?”, “Man up”, “Don’t be a *%#@!”

We have all heard these things at some point in our lives.  What do all of these messages have in common? Ask any man (or teenage boy) and he will recognize these directives aimed...

April 28, 2016

Mother’s Day will be here in a few days, so for some reading, it’s a reminder of cards and gifts to purchase. For others, however, no reminder is needed, as this day is an in-her-face reminder of what isn’t, of a gaping hole left by loss and unrealized hopes.  While mo...

March 31, 2016

“What’s the big deal? It’s just a phone”, I once said.  My husband and I like to joke about my lackluster reaction to the highly anticipated release of a popular smart phone many years ago. Little did I know that over the course of a few years, I would become dependent...

February 25, 2016

One of the first pieces I wrote for this column 3 years ago focused on mindfulness. Since then, there’s been continued growing interest and attention ranging from popular media to parenting to professional disciplines including psychology, education, business, medicine...

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