Until I figured out how easy it really is.

If I had to grade myself on my meditation skills, I would give myself a D. …


A perfect process for doing a friend-cleanse.

We all want friends. Evolutionarily speaking, we depend upon others to survive. Even intense introverts want friends. We count on friends to be there for us, to do things with us, and to know us when others don’t understand us.

But while most…


The sober truth about being a non-drinker

“No thank-you. I don’t drink alcohol.”

She looks alarmed and glances at other people. I imagine her thinking “Why did we invite her to the party?”

She regroups: “Oh cool — are you sober?”

“No, I just don’t drink.”

Confusion spreads across her…


Police stops, football trophies, trespassing, travel

I live in Minneapolis and when George Floyd was murdered this past summer by a Minneapolis police officer and protesters marched by my home and white suburbanites came into my city to trash it, I started to think more about white privilege. Oh yes…


How your magical immune system can keep you safe.

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If you are worried about getting the Coronavirus, you are not alone. It is hard to ignore the media coverage of it and the seemingly rapid spread, hospitalization, and fatality rates associated with this virus.

And sometimes, it…


Spoiler Alert: Dog obedience training isn’t for the dog.

We lost our beloved golden lab mix a few months ago. She was a constant and loyal companion. A very timid rescue, she rarely disobeyed or did anything wrong. …


What to do when you wish you could go back.

A few years ago, after a health crisis for my spouse, we decided to sell our midwest house and move to the desert Southwest to be in a dry and presumably healthier climate. We found a community we thought we…


You don’t need a ton of friends . . . just a few people and a little small talk

Everyone knows the feeling. It’s sadness mixed in with a bit of fear covered in a blanket of empty. It can lead us to feel anxious or depressed or send us…


Surprisingly, worry can actually help us.

I come from a family of worriers. My mother was a worrier. My daughter is a worrier. Other relatives have confessed to being worriers. …


How to be cool and calm in the midst of difficult circumstances.

If you watched any of the impeachment proceedings, you may have noticed the aplomb with which Representative Adam Schiff conducted business. In spite of people behaving badly and many cringe-worthy moments that made us all feel embarrassed to…

Ann Lowry (Ph.D)

Leadership and organizational development coach. Emotional wellness coach. Owner: strategypartnersforhighered.co.

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