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Liz’s Theme of the Week: This is not a political post
February 5, 2017

Don’t worry, this is not a political post. Although my clients have been talking about the “current political climate” all week.. well really for a couple weeks now.

It’s been very fascinating for me as a social worker and psychotherapist to witness my client’s journeys during this “current political climate.” I must say there is a part of me that is extremely fascinated by something my schooling taught me about long ago but never truly experienced in my work until now.

I don’t recall the exact name of the class, although it was something like “Social Policy,” or something like that. I also don’t recall my professor’s name either, although he has been one of the ones I remember most from graduate school. He was an older gentleman, closer to retirement than most. His classroom was in the basement of the building with no windows. He wore Birkenstocks with socks, and although that did endear me to him, for the first few weeks I thought he and his class was incredibly boring. A year with him later, I felt quite the opposite. (more…)




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Dave’s Puncture for this Juncture: Grief and Change
December 26, 2016

All things are impermanent. It is the nature of life. Nothing lasts forever (not even diamonds). Yet we generally have a hard time when things have reached the end of their lives.

Our minds are linear; they’re stuck with a Newtonian physics model (what is at rest stays at rest, what moves will continue to move in the same way forever unless something acts on it … while an acupuncturist and meditation teacher I also have a science geek side). Our minds expect things to stay as they are, and “has trouble letting go” (to borrow a line from The Matrix).

The Metal element of Chinese medicine is about letting in and letting go, and the two organs associated with the Metal element are the Lungs and Large Intestine. Both organs exemplify this theme.

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Liz’s Theme of the Week: “A Speedy, Grumpy, Dreadful Christmas, Part 4: This is NOT how I want it!”
December 21, 2016

For the final chapter of the “A Speedy, Grumpy, Dreadful Christmas” series, I must address those of us who may be down in the dumps this holiday season, because this year: “This is NOT how I want it.”

For many people the holidays are a time to join together, celebrate with the ones you love, and reflect back on the year…yet for many others this time can be incredibly difficult.
For anyone who has experienced loss, (more…)




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Dave’s Puncture for this Juncture: Obligations
December 19, 2016

In this week’s theme, Liz discussed the ins and outs of obligations, particularly centered around the holiday season.

Obligations are frequently burdens. They often conflict with what we want to do, and can easily be obstacles inhibiting what we want to do. When our movement is dictated by forces outside of us, it is natural to respond with stress, frustration, anger, resignation, or a combination thereof.

From an acupuncture standpoint, our desire and ability to make decisions for ourselves, act on them, and move forward in life is mainly related to the Wood channels – Liver and Gallbladder. These are the officials who act as the general on the battlefield – sitting on high ground, examining the scene, plotting the right move, and ordering their troops to act. The Liver has the vision and the plan, and the Gallbladder acts on that vision, making decisions to bring the plan into the world.

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Liz’s Theme of the Week 12/11-12/17: A Speedy, Grumpy, Dreadful Christmas Part 3! Obligations!”
December 18, 2016

Part three of my Holiday Season Series just must address the dreaded “obligations”….

Oh, obligations. I have to say, I personally like to buck the system when it comes to obligations. I do the best I can to not do things just because I feel as sense of obligation, rather opting to politely decline …or better yet, offer an alternative suggestion that may work for all people involved. I do get that this is not always possible, especially for those with big families and lots of traditions! So, let us talk about ways to navigate the obligations of this time of year… (more…)