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Conversations with Joan Herrmann

March 26, 2021

This morning a friend called me to share the story of something she experienced. She was in a local pharmacy waiting to pick up a prescription when she remembered she wanted to get a pair of magnifying glasses because she was having difficulty reading the tiny print on the side of medicine bottles.

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There is an old adage: breaking up is hard to do. Most of us at one time or another have suffered the pain of a broken heart. While we know that hearts don’t literally break, it can be hard to believe that’s true when a relationship has ended. It feels like the place that was once filled with ...

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Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, many have feared getting sick, and they have put their hopes for getting back to “normal” in the new vaccines. While being vaccinated is a great step in prevention, it is equally important to keep our bodies in optimal health so that our immune system can ward ...

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Several years ago, I was angry and resentful because I believed that my life was not playing out the way I expected. I had plans for my journey and I did not like the direction it was taking. Clinging to my expectations made me miserable and closed my mind off to the possibilities of wonderful ...

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How many times have you heard, the best step you can take to grow as a person is to step outside your comfort zone and take risks? This is the theme of just about every self-help book I have ever read, and it has been stated to me by just about every person I have interviewed. I take this advice ...

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It has been reported that the divorce rate in America is 50 percent for first marriages, 67 percent for second marriages, and 73 percent for third marriages. These numbers indicate that many people repeat the same mistakes over and over again. While a new relationship may look different at first, ...

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I was watching television recently when it happened … I saw the first commercial for the Valentine’s Day diamond collection – you know, the gift that every woman will treasure. As I listened to the music and watched as the camera panned the romantic setting, waves of emotion overcame me like a ...

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To have a friend and be a friend is what makes life worthwhile. ~Unknown February is the month of the heart, the time when we celebrate love. We buy chocolate, flowers, jewelry, and greeting cards to profess our undying love to that special someone. But, in all the hoopla of the season, perhaps ...

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For about a year now, we’ve been living through challenging times. When we examine or talk about the pandemic, often it is in terms of illness or economic instability. But, what about the impact it has had on our romantic relationships? When first dating, many dream about being “locked away” ...

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As the month of February approaches, our attention turns to matters of the heart. February is all about hearts - but not just the candy kind. It's also American Heart Month, a time to turn our thoughts to keeping families and communities free from heart disease. Heart disease kills more women ...

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Recently, many of us have experienced a political unrest like we have never before seen. Watching events unfold, it is easy to think: I don’t understand what is happening; it seems like our world is upside down.  I don’t pretend to have the answers. I don’t know how we got here, but we have ...

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This morning while I was scrolling through Facebook, a memory of a photo I shared a few years ago popped up. It's a picture of me in high school playing the piano for a drama club production. When I first made the post, it was simply in remembrance of a happy period of my life. But, when the photo ...

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The holiday season is upon us. For many it can be the most wonderful time of the year, but, for others, it can be the loneliest. If you have lost a loved one or suffered a breakup with a spouse/significant other or friend, the holiday season is a constant reminder of the loss. Grief at any time of ...

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Have you ever had the opportunity to meet someone and before you met had an expectation of what you thought would occur or how that person would behave? It’s natural to worry about how an encounter will play out, especially if it is with someone you admire. It’s easy to make judgements based on ...

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The year 2020 has been one that most will never forget. We have had to navigate health issues, financial concerns, isolation, employment obstacles, political unrest, and a host of other matters, that quite frankly, we all will be happy to see end. When I was contemplating what I wanted this ...

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Editor's Note: This column first ran on Nov. 22, 2019. For the past few weeks, I have been the recipient of repeated hurtful actions and when I communicated my feelings with each perpetrator, the same response was offered, “It wasn’t my intention.” The frequency and flippancy of this explanation ...

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Fear is one of the most powerful forces in life. It affects the decisions we make and the actions we take. And while the primary role of fear is to keep us safe, it often becomes the obstacle that stands between us and our dreams and goals. There are rational fears, the ones that are based in ...

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Fear is one of the most powerful forces in life. It affects the decisions we make and the actions we take. And while the primary role of fear is to keep us safe, it often becomes the obstacle that stands between us and our dreams and goals. There are rational fears, the ones that are based in ...

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We are experiencing things in life today that most have never encountered before. People are navigating a pandemic, financial uncertainty, employment insecurity, and a host of family-related issues. And, at the center of it all, has been a contentious political election.  Like every contest, ...

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Today, perhaps more than ever, we witness daily examples of how disrespect, lack of common courtesy, and mean spiritedness affect interpersonal relationships. It seems like many people have adopted the belief that there has to be a winner and a loser, that opinions are all or nothing, right or ...

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To many people, the year 2020 feels like the gift that keeps on giving. Trying to get through any day can be an exercise in mental strength and acuity. A pandemic, global warming, financial recession, unemployment, national security, and an uncertain political landscape, can be dizzying, ...

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This article was first posted on October 25, 2019.  We all experience trauma in one form or another. It may be at the hands of an abuser, a relationship breakup, a health diagnosis, or the death of a loved one. No one is immune. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. James Gordon, ...

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Last week I was on a call with a colleague who continually complained about so many aspects of her life. After listening to her ramble on relentlessly, I finally asked, “What are you willing to change?” She stopped talking and with an indignant tone, said, “What do you mean … what am I willing ...

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Last week a friend called me to share the story of something that happened to her, which she described as ‘horrible’. While in a meeting at work, she was put in the difficult position of having to make a quick decision that could have serious ramifications. She said that she was presented with two ...

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Editor's Note: This is a "best-of Joan" column, which first ran on Oct. 11, 2019. We live in a fast paced world, seldom taking the time to catch our breath. Add to the general stress of life, a significant event such as losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, going through a divorce, or ...

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I am the queen of procrastination, always have been. Throughout school and into my adult life, I always waited until the last minute to get something done, telling myself that I work best under pressure. The reality was, I didn’t feel like doing the work, and so I waited until it was absolutely ...

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A tragedy is defined as “an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress.” We understand the meaning of those words, however, I believe the important component is how we view the situation. What may be a “tragedy” to one person, is nothing more than a “bump in the road” to ...

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Editor's Note: This originally ran on September 13, 2019. A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. – Elbert Hubbard Q. Let’s talk about friends. When we’re young, we use the word ‘friend’ much like you say it’s used on social media. But what is it really and how do you ...

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Editor's Note: This first ran in August of 2019 when Joan and TAPinto had a different format, the Q&A. Enjoy! Joan: Do you have one person in your life that really irks you? No matter what you say or do, this person has the ability to totally ruin your day, or in some cases, your month, ...

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Over the past few years, anyone who knows me has heard me talk about the book I was going to write. I’ve been writing my book for years, and yet, nothing has come to fruition. Words usually flow out of me like a river, but every time I attempted to write this book, I was dry. Nothing of ...

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