What's on Your Mind

Working Through a Bad Mood

People pay me to get them out of a bad mood. After twenty years of doing just that, here’s my most common advice: 1) Don’t fight it. Fighting a bad mood is like panicking in quicksand—it can make things worse. If you can give yourself the…
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Back-Pocket Marriage Counselor

As we say goodbye to February, the month of love, I thought I would condense for you the less-obvious marital problems (with solutions!) I encounter in my practice. • Being Too Nice. Wha..?? That’s right. The little white lies couples use to keep the…
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Eliminating Rape

The Bill Cosby and UVA rape allegations are causing a stir especially here in Virginia. Rape not only decimates a woman’s confidence, self-esteem and the underpinnings of her emotional well being, but it sidelines a mother, wife, co-worker which negatively reverberates throughout our entire…
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A Twist on Relationship Violence

How many people have been affected by Ebola in the US this year? Three How many men have been physically abused by a woman this year? 3.2 million Recently a dinner conversation with physician friends strayed to Ebola. An ER physician and chairman who…
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Analyzing Robin's Suicide

  Everyone is asking me about it. One person offered to pay me for it. I’ve never seen this much interest in any one topic. Not 9-11. Not even the election of the first African American president of the U.S. So, here it is:…
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Don't Be a StepMonster

Summer.  No school, less work, more family time.  In today’s world that often means dealing with ex’s and step’s and all that blended families have to offer.  Step-parents frequently complain of difficulty connecting with their new charges.  Rightfully so.  Giving birth to and caring…
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Disabling the Enablers

Enablers aren’t just for alcoholics and drug addicts anymore. Enablers are people who find ways for those with any bad habit to avoid the negative consequences of their actions. So for instance, someone who has difficulty getting out of bed may have a coworker…
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Travel With Tidewater Women

California Dreamin'

California Dreamin'

West US 05-01-2019

Join Peggy on a California adventure, where incredible nature and tasty wines await. Read more

Always a Party in Lafayette

Always a Party in Lafayette

South US 04-01-2019

Travel to Cajun Country and sample hot sauce, meet a gator, and dance the night away. Read more

New York City: My Solo Adventure

New York City: My Solo Adventure

Northeast US 03-01-2019

Wander the vibrant streets of the Big Apple with Peggy from MudSpot to Mean Girls and a Park Terrace Hotel After Party! Read more

The Cavalier Reimagined

The Cavalier Reimagined

Virginia Destinations 02-01-2019

A storied hotel comes back to life in a new, reimagined style. Read more

Sweden's Kingdom of Crystal

Sweden's Kingdom of Crystal

Europe & The World 01-01-2019

Immerse yourself in the fragile beauty of art glass in Sweden. Read more

Escape to Maryland's Eastern Shore

Escape to Maryland's Eastern Shore

Northeast US 12-01-2018

There’s something so relaxing about sitting around a fire pit, especially on a cool autumn evening when you have a good friend by your... Read more

Stockholm: Inspired by Nature

Stockholm: Inspired by Nature

Europe & The World 11-01-2018

All eyes seems to be looking northward these days. Find out why Stockholm is becoming the trendiest design destination in Europe. Read more

FloydFest: Peace, Love & Music

FloydFest: Peace, Love & Music

Virginia Destinations 10-01-2018

Music festivals—like FloydFest—can be addictive. Check out why we crave them! Read more

They're Off! To the Gold Cup Races

They're Off! To the Gold Cup Races

Virginia Destinations 09-01-2018

You don’t have to be a horse fan to enjoy steeplechase racing—it's much more. Read more