Celebrating–a time to recapture hope

Gotta hand it to those Americans…they sure know how to throw a party during the Inauguration. I watched some of the highlights on the news and on you-tube–the closing song on Sunday’s concert led by Beyonce choked me up a little and I’m not even American. But what teared me up was that if I …

A Gentle Kindness

I was picking up some supper today at The Greek Market on Corydon. Once I had my yummy lemon potatoes, veggies and phyllo wrapped delights, he asked me, “Is that all?” I looked around and decided to throw in a couple of freshly baked crispy-on-the-outside-but-soft-on-the-inside rolls, explaining that I was going to see a friend …

The other side

Warning: spoiler about Gran Torino movie…don’t read it you’re going to see the movie. I have still been thinking about my last post about the dichotomy between our conscious belief about equality of humanity and actions which suggest an unconscious racism…talking with a friend who is about to enter into a transracial adoption and discussing …

Confronting a harsh reality

There is the way we want to be, the person we portray to others, and that is often the person we believe ourselves to be. We can fool ourselves into believing that is who we really are. I see clients who tell me that they are a certain way–they tell me this with conviction–they believe …

The Pain of Divorce

Morning radio typically does not make me weep. However, I found myself wiping my eyes as I was driving to work the other day. The show was previewing and discussing the documentary, “How to divorce and not wreck the kids”. The show is looking at effective ways couples can work to separate in a way …

New Year Lows…and Highs

I was out running the other day when I met a friend who is a minister in a local church. I asked him how his Christmas was, and he said that while he had enjoyed it, it had been stressful as well because of the number of parishioners had been struggling over the holidays. Others …

Whew–family gatherings are over

While many people enjoy the relaxed pace over Christmas, with the chance to go sledding, watch movies, play games, sleep, and generally take a break from the race of the weekly grind, others did not find it as pleasant. Why? Well, for the same reasons why some long distance truck drivers choose to do long …

Forgiveness

Is Michael McCain married? His wife is a lucky woman. This is the Michael McCain who is responsible for Maple Leaf foods, the company that recently was the focus of media attention for people eating bad meat with huge consequences. I was listening to yet another one of the endless round of year end programs …

Making Life Good

They came!! Just before Christmas, the flashlights arrived. They are cute, but powerfully bright–with the logo and the website printed on the side. I’m not really into gimmicks–I have no business pens and don’t hand out calendars, but when I saw this flashlight, it was something I thought would be good for our practice to …

The beauty in little things

Yesterday evening I spent with an old friend…sushi by the fire, with the music of the season in the background, and candles and little sparkly lights around the window providing muted light. We caught up on each other’s lives. We just enjoyed simply just “being”. And after she left, I found myself wondering why I …