Author Archive for: GloriaYLP$OFM$J#Vanderhorst

GROUNDHOG DAY

Ok.  You know about Groundhog Day, right?   If you grew up in the United States, you have celebrated this (or not) for years.  But do you know why?  This tradition has been going on for 138 years as of this February.  Do you also know that it is celebrated in Canada?  Right!  Apparently, we are longing for spring and

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FRIENDS

I love having friends! They send you these marvelous things that you would never find on your own. I like the email messages with some small article attached or the funny pictures or the serious ones of their child’s wedding. My friends expand my world, and I so appreciate the growth. We are born connected to another person, and we

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ANCIENT ROME HAD FEMALE GLADIATORS

Yep. You read that right. Women were gladiators! Huge crowds came to see the gladiators. This was a well-attended sport, much like football today in that people come to see strong muscled individuals face off against each other and crash into each other and stop their opponent from advancing. Typically, just like today on the gridiron, the opponents fought a

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COLLEGE BOUND

For those of you who are waiting to receive decision letters and have been through the rigors of applying, January is the time that college decisions get made. What factors into these decisions?  In this day and age, families that can afford it have hired a college consultant to walk their adolescent through the process of reviewing colleges, writing essays,

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Calendar Joke

“I can’t believe I got fired from the calendar factory. All I did was take a day off.” OK! A friend of mine from Canada sent me this, and I thought it was sooo cute. When have you taken a day off and suffered the consequences? We all need days off. I am not just talking about the weekend. There

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SEX AS A CONTINUUM

I am a “baby boomer” and grew up with very traditional notions of sex as a dichotomy: boys and girls. Yet nearly a decade before I was born, the research of Alfred Charles Kinsey at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana was proving that sex is not binary but much more complex than that. Kinsey was a zoology professor, so one

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HIGH HEELS…..

I have a recent interest in fashion. Not current fashion, but some of the history of fashion, particularly as it relates to men. High-heeled shoes were originally designed for men! They were a sign of wealth and stature. Of course, they made the man taller, and the stress on the calf made them look stronger as well. The lore of

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WATCHING THE WIND

My thanks to a client for giving me this phrase as it applies to looking into the future. We have two beautiful River Birch trees in our backyard, and I love the way the wind moves through them. With a breath of a wind, the leaves tend to wiggle, reminding me of a hula skirt. As the wind picks up,

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Dr. Gloria K. Vanderhorst

My work with others has taught me that change is possible at any age. In my early work with children, I learned that our brains are creative as well as vast store houses of early experiences.