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Sher
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Posted - 11/18/2005 :  4:03:58 PM  Show Profile  Send Sher a Yahoo! Message Send Sher a Private Message
I'm about half way through and enjoying it. The author offers strategies, especially for coping with extended-family gatherings and special events. Very timely for this season when many of us have no choice but to make nice!

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Posted - 11/18/2005 :  4:09:19 PM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message
This is a book??? I need this!!

My family is so bad that none of us spend any of the holidays together. We had a "special event" this summer that very nearly became WWIII.

Off to check Amazon...

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Sher
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Posted - 11/18/2005 :  4:37:46 PM  Show Profile  Send Sher a Yahoo! Message Send Sher a Private Message
You are NOT ALONE!!! I forgot to mention that the author is Leonard Felder, Ph.D. I just got back from my mother's funeral with a brother with whom I have not spoken in 8 years and was pleased to see that I had used some of the mentioned techniques and THEY WORKED!! By the time I left he gave me a hug and kiss!! Go figure.
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RoseByAny
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Posted - 11/18/2005 :  4:37:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
Ahh... I need that!!!

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NCmusiclady
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USA
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Posted - 11/18/2005 :  9:08:35 PM  Show Profile Send NCmusiclady a Private Message
Who published this and when was it published?

I can't think of anyone who can't use some more coping techniques this time of year!

Thanks for the info!
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Knit kitty
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Posted - 11/19/2005 :  09:18:30 AM  Show Profile Send Knit kitty a Private Message
Thank you thank you! I must have this book. Today.

~Rebecca

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Sher
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Posted - 11/19/2005 :  09:49:22 AM  Show Profile  Send Sher a Yahoo! Message Send Sher a Private Message
I just finished it this morning and it was excellent!! It was published 2003 by Rodale Inc. ISBN 1-57954-763-X hardcover. I had gotten it in my local library call letters: 360.85 FEL To sum up Dr. Felder provides coping strategies for minor and major family issues to maximize enjoyment of family interactions. He draws from experiences within his counselling practice as well as insights gleaned from his own family. I admired his approach of maintaining respect and dignity for each family member and the reality that even after doing as much as we can do to improve the situation, often we must change our own definition of success to reflect a less that 100% improvement. Especially with big family gatherings, the root of the current family conflicts often were sewn generations ago.
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Tgz
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Posted - 11/19/2005 :  12:45:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit Tgz's Homepage Send Tgz a Private Message
Oh! I must find this book also!



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Chayah
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Posted - 11/19/2005 :  2:08:50 PM  Show Profile Send Chayah a Private Message
Thank you, Sher. I found the book on my library's site and reserved it. I too have a brother, and we have not spoken for years. I am looking forward to getting some ideas, mine have not worked. Thanks again and happy Thanksgiving,
Chayah
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booglass
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Posted - 11/19/2005 :  2:22:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit booglass's Homepage Send booglass a Private Message
OMG!!! This book is a fabulous idea! I am at the moment trying to deal with my father and it takes all my patience.....perhaps this would help.


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Chayah
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Posted - 11/23/2005 :  5:59:45 PM  Show Profile Send Chayah a Private Message
I just picked this up at the library and it looks very good. A very lively writing style with lots of believable examples, Thanks, Sher, this is just in time for the holidays, Chayah
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