March 19, 2024

Emerging from the Hermitage

Grandma to the Rescue! An almost-neon-yellow bush caught my eye. The street was filled with trees whose buds promised spring. Blooming buttercup flowers swayed in the breeze, brushing over the daylilies with their early emergence from the ground. The days are longer. The nights don’t feel as wintry, even though […]
February 23, 2024


A small steam room at the local YMCA might be an odd place for an informal counseling session, but there’s something about the hazy, quiet atmosphere that helps people relax and open up.    People talk. I listen. That’s what I do.     Invitations Hansel and Gretel tells the story of […]
January 17, 2024

Grounding… 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

It Started with a Sleepless Night The other night was a restless one. I’m not sure if it was the jolt of caffeine late in the day or if I simply wasn’t tired enough. I turned from one side to another and couldn’t get comfortable. Eventually, I gave up on […]
December 1, 2023

The Key to Gratitude

What does ‘home’ mean to you? Is it a place, a feeling, or something else entirely? Most of my life, I’ve lived away from my place of origin, my home. Of course, ‘home’ can be defined by any number of factors and be in any number of places. Over the […]