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Spencer’s New Parent Playlist 2020

By Spencer Northey / November 17, 2020

Spencer’s New Parent Playlist 2020 My heart and “Huzzah!” always goes out to new parents. But it goes out super-charged to the folx becoming new parents during this pandemic. I can only imagine the mental and physical fortitude it’s taking. There are no words. Only music. I am not the first to create a parent…

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The Index of Self Destructive Acts

By Elisabeth LaMotte / October 31, 2020

As Election Day nears, predictions are everywhere. Pundits posture early and often, citing polls, historical data and opinions. The urge to predict the future feels palpable. Most of my therapy clients (and my family and friends) express quarantine fatigue and a desire to fast-forward and discover the election’s outcome. Maybe the urge to predict the…

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Getting Good

By Spencer Northey / October 25, 2020

Getting Good Performed by Lauren Alaina Written by Emily Weisband Produced by David Garcia Once I fall in love, then I’ll be happy But then you fall in love and there’s still a hole Once I get some money, it’ll all be easy But then you get that money, you still feel broke Once I…

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So Done

By Spencer Northey / October 6, 2020

So Done Written by Ludwig Göransson, Khalid and Alicia Keys ‘Cause I’m so, so done Got it, my time Holding me back I’m living the way that I want ‘Cause I’m so, so done Fighting myself Going through hell I’m living the way that I want (5x) I lost control of all of my energy…

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Use My Voice

By Spencer Northey / September 30, 2020

USE MY VOICE By Evanescence and Deena Jakoub Featuring: Sharon den Adel, Lindsey Stirling, Lzzy Hale, and Taylor Momsen Cover my ears and close my eyes Just long enough to stop the noise Go on take everything and throw it away But I will use my voice Drown every truth in an ocean of lies…

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Palm Springs

By Elisabeth LaMotte / August 4, 2020

With schools across the country and throughout the DMV announcing that they will remain virtual for several more months, life in quarantine is affirmed as our new normal. When DC and the surrounding area shut down in March, it was hard to imagine that in July we would be bracing for distance learning and stay…

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WHY IS IT SO HARD TO READ RIGHT NOW AND WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?

By Elisabeth LaMotte / May 5, 2020

Since the stay at home orders began, many of my friends and therapy clients are expressing frustration because they notice difficulty reading literature. Their frustration is fueled by the irony that the quarantine is – in theory — the perfect time to catch up on a pile of bedside books. Unfortunately, concentration is wandering easily…

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The Great Believers

By Elisabeth LaMotte / April 30, 2020

It feels like an appropriate time to read about a pandemic. Many describe how attention can wander during the quarantine, despite circumstances creating an optimal time for reading. Hours and hours of reading. Hours that are better spent reading quality fiction and non-fiction than overdosing on the news. The clever trick is to discover a…

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Listen

By Spencer Northey / April 21, 2020

Listen by Beyonce Listen to the song here in my heart A melody I start but can’t complete Listen to the sound from deep within It’s only beginning to find release Oh, the time has come for my dreams to be heard They will not be pushed aside and turned Into your own All ’cause…

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Next to Normal

By Elisabeth LaMotte / March 18, 2020

“Is that normal?” People in therapy commonly describe a particular thought, feeling or behavior in vivid detail, and then ask whether what they are describing is “normal”. Is it “normal” to scroll through photo after photo of your ex even if you broke up months ago? Is it “normal” to have so many dreams about…

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