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My husband I live in what used to be a small cotton-farming town that has since evolved into a bedroom community of Dallas.  But even though that large, metropolitan city is less than 30 miles to the west, it might as well be on the other side of the Earth considering how many times we […]

  It’s a no-brainer to say that having a pet improves your quality of life.  That’s about the only reason why people have pets.  Usually this starts in childhood.  We want to love something a little bit more responsive than a teddy bear so our parents let us keep a dog, or cat or hamster […]

It will surprise NO ONE when I admit that I wasn’t my sons’ “best friend” while they were growing up.  In fact, if someone ever suggested that, my kids would probably roll on the floor howling with laughter.  The fact is I never even TRIED to be their friend.  Friends they could make for themselves.  […]

I wrote to my Senator recently to complain about how LPCs (like me!) can’t bill MediCare.  I’m not sure which aide read my letter, but he or she thought I was unhappy with how much MediCare PAID.  I don’t even KNOW how much they pay!  I just want to be able to help the elderly […]

Secrets

Monday , 3, February 2014 Comments Off

I don’t like secrets.  I have a hard time keeping secrets.  That’s because I have a hard time lying.  When someone asks me straight up what happened or what was said, I might not actually TELL him, but he will know that I know.  (And I might just tell him anyway.)  The only exception is […]

Family Feud

Monday , 27, January 2014 Comments Off

There are lots of theories about how families operate.  Most agree that individuals assume certain roles within the group.  You’ve got the Pretty One, the Smart One, the Peacekeeper, the Organizer.  Many families also pick a scapegoat who then becomes responsible for anything that goes wrong.  This unfortunate is known as the Problem, or, as […]

Most weekends I make it to church and slog through a bunch of routine chores – cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping, laundry.  But for the bulk of my time off, I lounge on the couch binge-watching shows like Futurama and Workaholics.  (Have I mentioned that my tastes in comedy run decidedly low?)  Then Monday comes and […]

Many of my clients know that I keep a thick piece of foam tucked away in a corner of my office along with a blanket and pillow.  On days that I’m not feeling well I will spend my lunch hour bedded down on the floor with the lights out and the fan humming away.  I […]

I’ve been unfortunate enough to have testified in a couple of child custody cases.  I know other therapists who hate doing this SO MUCH that they charge ridiculous amounts for a court appearance hoping to dissuade anyone from taking them up on it.  ($800 plus travel?!  Are you KIDDING me?!)  Of course, it IS so […]