March 21, 2019

When my kids were little, long before they could read, on Mother’s Day I would take them to the store, stand them in the card aisle and let them pick out whatever card they wanted their mom to receive. 

Needless to say, they picked out what looked good to them. My s...

As we approach school starting back up, our fears and anxieties about school shootings may be escalating due to the events last spring. As I look at Santa Fe High School, and yet another school shooting, I can't help but be taken aback to April 20, 1999, the day of t...

The holidays are promoted by many to be a time of peace, joy, and family fun. Oh, and food; lots and lots of food. For many people, this description brings a smile to their face, or a cherished memory to their mind. And that’s ok, this time of year should absolutely...

November 28, 2017

Once upon a time there was a preacher boy in seminary who fell in love and married his sweetheart. Shortly after graduation from seminary, he and his wife had their first child, he was assigned to his first church and he was inspired to preach a sermon on parenting....

October 26, 2017

 Mind Matters: Care Starvation

Navigating and Healing from Broken Relationships

For those who feel completely disconnected and inconsequential to their existence, some part of you still cares enough to read this blog-----now please, I want to talk to that part of you.....

“It’s complicated.” That’s the response we often hear to the question “what causes an eating disorder?” And it’s true, eating disorders can have their beginnings in many different ways and for many different reasons. Like other mental illnesses, the “cause” isn’t alw...

MIND MATTERS

My Brain on Relationships

Last weekend my husband and I went for our “almost” daily walk around the neighborhood.  We have a particular route we always follow and on this day our 3 dogs thought it would be beneficial for us to bring them along.  My husband...

May 25, 2017

My personal journey with OCD, in the form of intrusive thoughts, began when I was only 11 years old. These thoughts would get “stuck” in my head and would play over and over again. This became increasingly stressful.  My temporary solution was to go through my own pe...

April 24, 2017

With love and in memory of:

Natalie Cowen Gonzales

June 29, 1973 – April 15, 2017

When I woke up this morning, the first thing I wanted to do was call Natalie and hear the voice of my dear friend, colleague, and mentor as she smiled through the phone.  She believed we a...

April 5, 2017

I remember it just like it was yesterday.  My mother came into my room, waking me up from a peaceful slumber to tell me that the most important person in my life had passed.  Wait, this just can’t happen. That person is my only “safe” person.  That person is the...

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