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Connecting Deep: Life Lessons from Dolphins

Life lessons from dolphins

Matt and I spent the week of Christmas in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. The weather obliged, offering mostly-sunny skies and weather in the high 70’s. We strolled the beach, rode bikes, read, and talked about our lives; all the things I classify as “Connect Deep.” Where are the dolphins? We remarked …

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How to Entertain Kids on a Winter Road Trip

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Headed out on a winter road trip? I can help. In 2015 I made 30+ TV appearances, giving tips on where to go, how to get there, and how to make it kid-friendly. Here are some of my best tips for planning a trip and keeping the kids from whining and …

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Join me Live. I’ll Answer Your Questions about FEAR

My survey findings explore FIVE fears in THREE areas of life

I surveyed over 200 people about their fears at home, work and play. I’ll use the results in my forthcoming book on fear. Which of the Five Universal Fears is prevalent at home? At work? At Play? Join me on November 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm (EST) when all will be …

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Self-Help Techniques for Fear and Anxiety

Tamela on Good Day Charlotte talking about fear and anxiety

This week I joined Good Day Charlotte to talk about fear. Just in time for Halloween! As I explain in the interview, most of what we experience in modern life is “anxiety” not “fear.” With self-awareness, we can distinguish between the two and respond appropriately. Anxiety Relief without Drugs or Therapy …

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Today is Face Your Fears Day: Why are we Afraid of Clowns?

Heath Ledger's portrayal of the insane Joker may have led to escalating fear of clowns

“Aren’t you afraid?”  In my travels, I’ve seen beautiful sites and met phenomenal people. And yet, the most common question I’m asked about my travels isn’t “What’s your favorite national park,” instead it’s “Aren’t you afraid?”  I talked about this in my interview for “Face Your Fears Day”  this morning and the …

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Leaf Peeping and Waterfalls along the Blue Ridge Parkway

This year’s wet weather may have postponed your annual trip to the North Carolina Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway to take in the fall foliage. Good news, you haven’t missed a thing. The dazzling colors will continue to descend from high elevations to low through the beginning of November. When to …

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Explore Your Fears on “Face Your Fears Day”

My survey findings explore FIVE fears in THREE areas of life

Researching my new book on fear I’ve  learned that psychologists classify any and all fears as one of these five: Humiliation Separation Loss of Autonomy Mutilation Death Five universal fears in three areas of life I’m working with a Ph.D. statistician to conduct a survey that explores the five universal fears in three …

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Thoughts on Managing a Working Vacation

Whether walking the beach or working, be fully present on your working vacation

While I love exploring the country, there’s a lot to be said for staying in one place. Yesterday we left the beach house that we’ve been fortunate to visit for the past 20+ years. It’s become a touchstone for our lives, like children’s height notches on a closet door. It’s tempting …

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Why Visit a West Virginia Coal Mine?

The Exhibition Coal Mine in Beckley, WV is worth a stop

We all do it. We drive the same stretch of road time and again, never stopping to see what those “little brown signs” are enticing us to visit along the way. With family in Ohio, I’ve traveled from Charlotte on I-77 through West Virginia at least 50 times. I was always …

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3 Reasons Why Autumn is the Perfect Time to Learn to Ride a Motorcycle

Here I tell Good Day Charlotte why autumn is a great time to learn to ride a motorcycle

If you’ve been thinking “I need to learn how to ride a motorcycle,” autumn is the perfect season to do so. Why? Reason #1: Perfect Weather As I told Good Day Charlotte, the weather is perfect now (at least in the temperate zones like Charlotte, North Carolina). You’ll be able to …

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