Push Back Depression: Tip # 2

Bear Canyon Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge (c) 2013 John Thurman The Second Tip for Pushing Back Depression is: Quit Comparing Depression, by its nature, fogs up your sense of self. When you are struggling in the negative swill of depression, it can be easy to find other people who are doing better in nearly every area of […]

1 of 7 Things You Can Do to Push Back Depression

Robin Williams entertaining troops in 2003 Robin Williams’ memory, his acting, his stories and comedy sketches will live on through video clips and the internet. Hopefully, we will take some lessons from the loss of this extraordinary actor, comedian, and exceptional communicator. Depression can be a quiet killer. It is a disorder that is widely […]

Thoughts about Robin Williams Part #2 

Laughter, Joy, tenderness, and passion are things that come to mind when I think of Robin Williams. Another attribute I admired was his ability to be vulnerable. For years he talked about his struggle with addictions, depression, and open heart surgery. He had struggled a great part of his adult life with a brain disorder […]

Thoughts About Robin William’s Life.

My first recollection of the zany comedy of Robin Williams goes all the way back to his guest appearance as Mork on “Happy Days.” Over the years, I followed him mainly through television and then through his movies. I have to admit, I rarely missed his late night appearances on Jay Leno because I knew […]

10 Steps for Surving a Rough and Tumble World: Part #3

This is the third and final blog of the 10 steps for Surviving a Rough and Tumble world. Here is a quick review of the first seven. 1. Practice optimism.2. Find a resiliency model.3. Develop a moral compass and unbreakable beliefs.4. Practice generosity and kindness.5. Develop acceptance and cognitive flexibility.6. Face your fears and learn to […]

10 Steps to Surviving a Rough and Tumble World: Part # 1

(c) 2014 John Thurman By John H. Thurman Jr., M.Div., M.A. Adapted from The Survivor’s Guide, by Ben Sherwood Ever wondered what you can do to increase your odds of winning the race of life? Dr. Dennis Charney is the dean of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. The fifty-eight-year old is the […]

Shades of Grey, Shades of Love: 4 Ways to Cultivate Romance

Sex Begins in the Kitchen is a fun and informative book that my friend Dr. Kevin Leman wrote several years ago. His second book on marital intimacy is called Sheet Music. Both of which are still in print. I encourage couples to add these books to their reading list. Kevin has an uncanny ability to […]

Shades of Grey, Shades of Love – 5 Levels of Intimacy

(c) 2012 istockphotos.com What is intimacy? One definition of intimacy is that it is an act of a familiar expression serving as a token of familiarity, affection, and love. I believe as a culture we have lost some of the important components of intimacy by limiting it to just a physical response.  There has been […]

Shades of Grey, Shades of Love: 10 Skills to Build Up Your Marriage

Shades of Grey or Shades of Love Part 2 John Thurman “It is a luxury to be understood.”      Ralph Waldo Emerson Building a relationship and being married is a team sport; you either win together or lose together. One of the keys to building intimacy is communication. Two-way communication that is based on respect, honor, […]