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Thought for the day…

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all more

Have you “liked” our Facebook Page yet? As you can tell, we at Whole Family Law & Mediation have not yet fully cultivated our blogging abilities, and as such leave much to be desired in the posting category.  However, we regularly update our Facebook Page, found here (  with fantastic links and resources.   Please visit our Facebook page and “like” us! more

Holiday Shopping list: Conflict Resolution materials!

coming soon… a list of my favorite conflict resolution resources for your peaceful holiday season shopping! fast review payday lenderWWW.CRACKERJACKCHARTERS.COM/IMAGES/GALLERY/DATA/100 day payday loan reviewother private institutions more

Happy Veteran’s Day…

I wish peace for all veterans and their families, and hope that our society will someday evolve such that people will no longer have to make such a sacrifice. following formextra money more

Donors or adoption or agreements… oh my!

If you are heterosexual, partnered and fertile, having children can be a fairly straightforward process.  If you are LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or queer),* the process generally can be…well…not so straightforward.  (No pun intended).  In addition to logistical and parenting path considerations (Do we adopt? Do we find a surrogate? Do we use a known or unknown donor?), LGBTQ parents must be more

In memorium …

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is more

Resource sharing: Conversational Riffs

One of my favorite resources to recommend to clients is a fabulous little book called Conversational Riffs, written by a colleague of mine from the UK, Neil Denny.  Neil is a collaborative lawyer (or, solicitor, as he is known in the UK), and has done quite a bit of field study on conflict and communication through his legal practice.  The size of a more

Our Family Wizard

Frequently I work with divorcing couples or couples post-divorce who are wrestling with the struggles of maintaining two homes for their children.  Keeping up with a school-age child’s sports, activity and social schedule is challenging enough when both parents reside under the same roof and can communicate reasonably well; add to this separate homes, separate rules, and potentially intra-parental conflict, and things get more

Intrinsic or Extrinsic motivation (to comply with an order?)

I look forward to Seth Godin’s microblogs each morning, on business development, marketing and practice.  (see  This morning his post was about “extrinsic motivation,” and how extrinsic motivation was a hallmark of the industrial age of human development.   As we have moved far beyond that age, into the complex and creative interwebs-driven world in which we now live, we rely far less more

we can work it out…

Today, as I was in court, I was struck by a custody case that was on before my client’s.   Among the issues to be decided was whether the mother’s visitation that weekend should be preempted by the father’s family reunion on Cape Cod.  The mother had an equally (to her) important obligation – a gathering of her family members in Maine to more
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