Author Archive for: GloriaYLP$OFM$J#Vanderhorst


Here in the Washington, DC area, we are experiencing a heat wave.  Even the electrical grid is complaining about rolling brownouts to keep the entire grid from exploding or imploding.  What would a grid do?  Now I know why the colonials died so young.  The weather can be brutal, and sap energy from your body, so your electrical grid gives

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I remember summers on the porch, and invariably, the pitcher of iced tea would come out.  In the heat of the summer, nothing tasted better.  The tea was Lipton, of course, and it had been steeped for exactly 3 minutes and then poured into the big pitcher filled with ice.  There were no tea bags.  Those came along later.  So,

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Let’s face it: There are times when we feel guilty, and that is a good thing. Where does this feeling come from? Did you ever wonder why your brain has this ability to experience something that you are doing and immediately start wagging its finger at you and telling you that this is a very, very bad idea. Who programmed

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Well, I have just observed a bizarre occurrence outside the kitchen window. Our deck holds a pot of newly planted dahlias. They have grown about four inches high, giving lots of promise for beautiful blooms. If you are not familiar with the dahlia, think of a pompom. Remember those things that the cheerleaders used in high school or that you

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This is the standard phrase for many therapists. Perhaps it is the standard phrase for one of your friends as well. But what does it mean? What does it portend? Is the therapist or the friend expecting some grand disclosure? The expectation seems to be high when in actuality, I just want to keep going until I feel finished or

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The recent Memorial Day got me thinking about appreciation. Who do I appreciate and why? Who do you appreciate and why? Appreciation is a feeling. How does it happen, and where do you experience it in your body? All our feelings have an impact on our bodies. In fact, some feelings can send us completely out of our bodies. People

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Ok, I know your mother told you never to eavesdrop. It is not polite. It is none of your business. No one likes a snoop. And many other cautions were directed at you. However, let’s ask….. WHY NOT? They are in public. They are within earshot. How could I not hear them? And if I hear them, is that really

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A friend of mine will soon have surgery and has heard that the surgery will take about an hour. He requests, “Do not wake me up until it ends”.  Estimating things is an art. How long will it take? How much will it cost? How will I know? When will it happen? When will it end? What will it be like?

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High School Graduation

Remember this experience? Several families around me are preparing for this event. Caps and gowns are ordered. Practicing walking across the stage in some schools has begun. Proms are scheduled, and many schools have planned elaborate after-parties that will go on until the early morning. A safe venue for graduates to hang out, get silly, and celebrate a milestone is

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Whoa! Why would I ever imagine that you are a con artist? Those people go around fooling others and taking advantage of them. Bernie Madoff was a con artist, and I am surely not in his category. He took conning others to an art level. Isn’t his name hilarious? He “made off” with so many people’s money for so long!

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Dr. Vanderhorst

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.