September 9, 2018

As babies become toddlers and toddlers become children, the males among them start to receive the message that they need to stop crying. This is all a part of the process of growing up and, in fact, “manning up.” At least, that’s what they’re told. The reality is, the bullies who call the boys “crybabies” are wrong. It is not babyish to cry. At least, not all of the time. Sure, we need to help children learn to manage or… Read more

August 30, 2018

Church, it’s past time we started recognizing mental illness as illness. Just like any other illness. Honestly, it gets weary speaking with Christian leaders who question whether or not seeking mental health treatment is appropriate for Christ followers. Yet, I will continue to do so because it is critically important. And my response is quite simple: Do you tell those with diabetes to stop taking insulin? Do you tell cancer patients not to pursue surgery? Do you tell someone with… Read more

August 27, 2018

Another mass shooting took place over the weekend. This time, at a place I visited many times while living in Jacksonville, FL as a newlywed 15 years ago. The Jacksonville Landing is a beautiful river front hub for shopping and dining. This particular shooting gets right  at the heart of the problem we are facing. No, it’s not really about gun violence and gun control. It’s about the devaluing of life. ********************************************************************************* I walked into my office this morning ready… Read more

August 25, 2018

Senator John McCain died today. Brain cancer wasn’t the first battle McCain has fought. He served in the United States Navy – and was a Prisoner of War (POW) for five and a half years during the Vietnam War. What impresses me the most about his time as a POW is that he refused to be given preferential treatment – including an early release – just because his father was an Admiral (as was his grandfather). After retiring as a… Read more

August 22, 2018

NOTE: This is a modified blog from one I previously wrote and posted elsewhere. The Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) contains the names, descriptions, diagnostic criteria, etc. of current recognized mental health disorders. There has been a debate as to whether or not to continue to include a diagnosis for someone who is born one gender but identifies as the other,. For now, the current diagnostic term used is Gender Dysphoria. The name was changed from disorder to dysphoria in the… Read more

August 14, 2018

My last blog post was an attempt at humor. I’m not sure it landed, but I do know that laughter is good for the soul. I’ve always loved humor. I use it in teaching (in part to help students relax) and, when appropriate, I use it in counseling. I use it for myself too. Some of my favorite speakers and writers are the ones that make me laugh. In fields such as social work and counseling, we talk about self-care. Shrieking… Read more

August 4, 2018

As a parent, there is a lot to be concerned about. The world is filled with scary stuff. We all watch the news, and know what our children are facing. They don’t even have to be said. Who really wants a reminder anyway? But, as my only child nears 20 months, I have figured out the real enemy our children face. I know, I know. What makes me an expert on the topic as a fairly new mama? Who am… Read more

August 2, 2018

Where I live, the rain has been coming down for days. I don’t mind summer rain. In fact, I enjoy opening the blinds on the wall of windows in my family room, lying on the couch, and watching it fall. As I was doing so this morning, a thought occurred to me. Like many things in life, rain can be a welcome site or rain can be bad news. In California, rain would be indispensable as firefighters battle deadly blazes…. Read more

July 30, 2018

In some parts of the world, the title of this blog would be taken literally. The reader would be looking for ways to bring a waterwell back to life. For most of us, it’s symbolic. We know the well is us. And what is dry is not the cool refreshing liquid we thirst for on a hot summer day, but what is within us. We feel zapped of our ambition, boldness, creativity, desire, energy…and the list could go on straight… Read more

July 27, 2018

I have learned a lot about finding joy in everyday life from my young daughter. Yesterday, she was thrilled to discover some doors on the end table. After she figured out how to open them, she would crawl in and giggle after shouting “hello” out to me. The day before, she was ecstatic when she got not one but twoof her favorite foods for snack (or “na-na” as she calls it). Last week, she turned her sweet face to the… Read more

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