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Chipless Cookies and Other Motherly Love Lessons

Mothering a family of 16 has its unique challenges, to put it mildly. Not only did our mother raise all 14 of us kids, but she even somehow managed to find time to get a master’s degree with 13 of us between the ages of 1 and 18 at home (my youngest sister was not […]

The Human Problem of Medicine

Last year Kelly, the woman to whom I am married, had an emergency appendicitis and appendectomy. She was in the hospital for several days as there were complications. The appendix had ruptured and therefore required immediate and intensive surgery. While the quality of the surgery was excellent and overall care was good (she has made […]

Why Journal?

I have been asked, “What is the point of writing in a journal? How is it supposed to help me?” I usually cite studies of people who have been through physical and emotional trauma who wrote and recovered more quickly than those who did not. But there is a more spiritual and soulful answer as […]

Seeds of Empathy

In my two-year-old granddaughter, Olivia, I can already see the development of compassion – seeds of empathy. Olivia is often self-centered, as two-year-olds are. Occasionally, though, she will reach out and share a flower, or a block, or a piece of fruit with another. I can already see the development of an understanding of the […]

Michael Joins Houston Matters to Talk About Gun Comfort

Michael joined Houston Matters this past week to discuss “Why Are Some People Afraid of Guns, While Others Feel Safer When They’re Around?”.  Here is the excerpt from the Houston Matters website. As the Texas Legislature takes on open carry and campus carry bills, psychologist Michael Winters joins us to contemplate what goes on in […]

What’s Wrong With the Pursuit of Happiness (Texas Bar)

Michael has started blogging on the Texas Bar website.  His latest post is What’s Wrong With the Pursuit of Happiness?  Here is an excerpt and link. Part 1: All emotions are needed to be whole. Since Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, the words “the pursuit of happiness” have served as a motto for […]

Finding the Invincible Summer

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” ~ Albert Camus It is deep in January and the northeast US […]

Intro to Logotherapy (Feb 20 & 21)

Learn about Viktor Frankl’s theory and existential approach to the fundamental motivating factor in human existence, the search for meaning. The course is appropriate for all interested in Frankl’s work or interested in increasing themeaning in thier lives or occupaitons. The course is recognized for 15 clock hours of Continuing Education by the American Psychological […]

Home for the ‘Holler’ Days

My five-year-old nephew (all names in this blog removed or changed to protect privacy), once remarked that he could not wait for the “holler” days. It was reasonable that he believed the title was holler days, as at gatherings in in my large Tennessee family to be heard, one had to holler! But there is […]