Straight Talk With Danice

Dear Danice Akiyoshi, My father has a terminal illness that he is in denial about.  He has asked me to take him house hunting close to the beach so he can have a better yard to enjoy the sun.  He is frail and weak and I’m not sure that he can survive the move or […]

Happiness Is Free For Everybody

By Nancy Stoops They don’t sell happiness at the mall or online.  Happiness is free and available to all that want it.  Happiness is in those indescribable amazing moments.  Those moments that give you goose bumps and really let you know you are alive.  I call them as-good –as- it-gets moments.  I know the world […]

A Small Box

By Mark Hopper I think most husbands have difficulty finding gifts for their wife.  After many years of marriage, it is hard to think of something new and creative to give her. From a husband’s perspective,  most wives who have been married for 25 or 30 years have everything they need.  We have been married 45 years!  What […]

Straight Talk With Danice

Dear Danice Akiyoshi, My boyfriend and I moved in together 9 months ago. He is supposed to keep our cars clean and the outside of our house looking nice at all times.  He is also supposed to supply our dinner every other week.  My job is to keep the inside of the house clean and […]

Be Proud To Be Unique

By Nancy Stoops I have always looked for the unique in this world.  Growing up I always heard how different I was and how differently I did things.  I take pride in being unique and not wanting to be ordinary.  For me, being unique has always given me a silent inner strength, never a weakness. […]

Straight Talk With Danice

Dear Danice Akiyoshi, My best friend has made a mess of her life and is in an alcohol rehab program.  I know she is having a hard time having a suspended license so I make a lot of time to spend with her and take her grocery shopping on the weekends and out to eat. […]

The End of the School Year is Near

By Nancy Stoops  Another school is almost over and every student can’t wait until summer.  Finals still must be studied for and taken.  Help your student do their absolute very best up until the very last test is taken, paper is turned in and last day has come and gone.  Help remind your student that […]

Straight Talk With Danice

Dear Danice Akiyoshi, My dad is a widower. He has 5 kids and I am his only daughter. He relies on me in lots of areas of his life. I’m the one he calls on when he is sick, has a banking dispute, doctors appointments, insurance or social security questions, gift shopping for other family […]

Focusing On the Good in Your Life

By Nancy Stoops We all have stories about our imperfect lives and childhoods.  Many of us have survived tragedy and horrific events.  There are many times where life seems to test us and just feels very hard and overwhelming.  These are the times we have a hard time seeing all the good, we have in […]

Looks Can Be Deceiving

By Mark Hopper   My wife and I have been to a number of different countries around the world.  Recently, we were in Central Europe.  It is beautiful.  The mountains are snow capped and the hillsides are lush and green. Many of the buildings are hundreds of years old, especially in the older established parts […]


By Nancy Stoops I can remember gathering leaves of all colors and shapes, collecting sea shells and anything else that one might find in the water.  I would fill up my wagon with water and create an underwater adventure for everybody to enjoy with the use of a snorkel and mask.  My friends and I […]

Changing Times

By Pastor Mark Hopper My grandmother was born in Boone, Iowa in 1896.  She died in 1978. She taught in a one-roomed country school house. Life sounded pretty simple in those days. During her life time, she witnessed many changes.  She remembered seeing her first automobile.  She remembered electricity coming to her small farming community. […]

Straight Talk With Danice

“My best friend is bringing a lawsuit against my homeowners insurance…” By Danice Akiyoshi, N.D. Dear Dr. Akiyoshi, My best friend is bringing a lawsuit against my homeowners insurance because she fell down at my house when she got drunk at my Fourth of July street party. There was nothing dangerous in her path, she […]

Straight Talk With Danice

I dont want a gun- a letter from Evelyn By Danice Akiyoshi, N.D. Q: My husband has become very p a r a n o i d about all of the shootings that have been on the news. He owns several guns and he is always asking me to go with him to the shooting […]

Playing Catch

By Pastor Mark Hopper On a recent trip, my wife and I were able to visit some of our out-of-town grandchildren.  They have grown up so much since we saw them last summer.  It was delightful to spend time with them. One grandson specifically requested that I bring a baseball and a glove so that […]

Spreading Good In The World

By Nancy Stoops  I am very blessed in that, as a therapist, I help people heal and then allow them to become the best version of themselves.  This is truly why I was put in this world.  As awesome as my life’s work is, please don’t underestimate the power that you all have in this […]

Designing Your Own Life

By Nancy Stoops Do you let everybody else run your life?  Do you feel as though you have no choices and that life can’t ever get better?  What is it that seems to keep you stuck?  How many times have you asked yourself these questions?  Let’s see if we can’t answer a few of them.  […]

A Personal Touch

By Pastor Mark Hopper   It seems that whenever you call a local utility or cable provider, you get voice mail.  The voice on the other end of the line seems cheerful and friendly, but it’s just a computer that you’re talking to. Recently, I called my local cable company to request a reduction in […]

Straight Talk With Danice

Dear Danice Akiyoshi ND, I find myself feeling really restless in my marriage.  My husband is a very nice man, but my requests to add more excitement into our relationship are being ignored.  He seems very uncomfortable when I bring up the subject of improving our romantic life.  I notice that he buys me more […]

Everyday Mindfulness

By Nancy Stoops All we seem to be hearing about is “being mindful” and the benefits that come from it.  Be mindful involves being in the moment, being totally engaged in what you are doing.  For example, let’s say you are mindfully walking your dog.  As you walk, you really pay attention to the rhythm […]