Dana was just 19-years-old and a sophomore at the University of Florida, when she put a stack of albums on the record player, turned it up loud, drove her car into the family garage and asphyxiated herself. She was one of my best friends and we were home for Christmas break, when I arrived at […]

“STOP!!” I demanded, repeatedly as I wrestled a man much bigger than me. He would not stop… Has this ever happened to you? If you are female and live in the United States, chances are you’ve experienced something similar, or worse. Statistics show that: 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men experience some […]

Raise your hand if you’ve ever stayed too long. Ahhh. Most hands just went up. Mine included. If we’re being honest, most of us have lingered in a bad relationship or toxic job when we knew it was time to go. Like that frog in boiling water, we notice it’s getting warmer, even hot, but […]

It took me several career iterations to get on my right life’s path – becoming a mental health counselor.  But for as long as I can recall, I’ve felt “a calling” to be in a helping profession. How long?  Since I was 13 years old. Recently I ran across a page from a football program […]

My father died the morning of my wedding. It happened almost one year after my mother had died, on a cool December morning. The fact that his death followed a long illness and a quick and steep decline, didn’t make it much easier.  A little, but it was still my dad and he wouldn’t be “giving […]

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