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Work. Play. Life.

Maybe you can help me out. I’ve been searching for a new word to describe my work/play/life. There is so much talk of work-life balance. As if my work could somehow be separate from my life. Not only do I spend a lot of time engaged in work activities. I LOVE my work. I’d like to come up with a word that captures the creativity, passion, meaning, fulfillment, nourishment, and… Read More


Ever since I was a child, I have been particularly attuned to others’ emotions. Growing up, my parents’ emotions, particularly my mother’s, loomed so large in my experience that they often eclipsed my own experience. Over time, I became an expert in reading other people’s emotions. This skill has served me well over the years. It has helped me to be successful in my career as a psychologist. I can… Read More

Giving Tree

As a child, one of my favorite stories was the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. If you have not read this book or it’s been a long time, here’s a brief synopsis. It begins with, “Once there was a tree and she loved a little boy…” At the beginning, their relationship benefits them both. But over the years, the boy returns only to take things she has to give (apples… Read More

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