Category Archives: Meaningful Moments

…Patiently Waiting for MY Turn

As a couples counselor I assist many couples and individuals in learning new ways to communicate. I have noticed an important difference in my clients who ‘get it’ and those who do not. Most of my clients can learn the skills of empathic communication and deeper connection. Skills are not enough – there has to […]

Women Becoming Visible

Over the years as a couple’s counselor – I have seen a number of couples where the woman feels silent, unheard, invisible. The pattern is widespread and not limited to a certain “type” of woman or couple. There is a broad range of women who feel this way: successful career women (some who are the […]

Father of Fourteen: A Model of Meaning

Samuel Winters was a quiet, mild mannered “Southern Gentleman”. He was also a father of fourteen children, a school principal, a historian, a horticulturalist and civic leader. In some ways Dad’s life was simple, even ordinary. But the informal education he provided to me and my siblings is profound. Listed below are only a few […]

Ironing My Shirt Reflection

Although it is a task – a chore – I appreciate ironing my shirt. In preparing for my day I remind myself of the values I stand for and the values taught to me by my father and others. As I iron the yoke of this shirt I am reminded that I am ironing this […]

A Very Special Memorial Day

Last year we had not planned anything “special” for Memorial Day. I had planned to catch up on some paperwork, and do some housework. We DID eat barbeque, and I took a nap. About 6:00 pm Kelly woke me and asked if I wanted to go for a walk in the park. Grudgingly, I said […]