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A Word about Following your Dreams

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A Word about Following your Dreams Yes! A few weeks ago, I wrote a “Word” about following your heart.  In it, I advised that, when making the most important decisions in life, it is not wise to follow your heart, which is invariably fickle, but instead to follow you head, your logical, rational guide. An […]

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A Word about “Stuff”

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A Word about “Stuff” This is the house in which I grew up.  It was a great house on a 100-acre farm in East Tennessee.  It was built in the 1830s (pre-Civil War) with bricks that were made by hand on the premises.  The interior and exterior walls were 18 inches thick.  This picture conjures […]

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A Word about Following Your Heart

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A Word about Following Your Heart Don’t!   It’s the stuff of romance novels, love songs, poetry and romantic movies: the advice to “just follow your heart.”  It feels so good at first! However, it’s also the stuff of poor choices, doomed relationships and painful consequences.  Initially, we think, “Awwwww.”  Later, we say, “Arghhh!” Dr. James Dobson wrote, […]

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A Word about “The Longly-Weds”

The Longly-Weds Know  By Leah Furnas That it isn’t about the Golden Anniversary at all, But about all the unremarkable years that Hallmark doesn’t even make a card for. It’s about the 2nd anniversary when they were surprised to find they cared for each other more than last year. And the 4th when both kids […]

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A Word about Light

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A Word about Light I have never written an article in which I have quoted Plato and Three Dog Night, but here goes: Plato has said, “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Similarly, Three Dog Night, […]

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A Word about the DFW Behavioral Health Symposium

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A Word about the DFW Behavioral Health Symposium I want you to be aware of a very special event described in the attached flyer.  (Please click on the image to be directed to the web site.) Saturday, April 1, has been designated, “Community Day” and is subtitled, “It Takes a Family.”  Some very special speakers and […]

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A Word about Math

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A Word about Math “Gable leaned forward. ‘Honey, there are three kinds of people: those who are good at math, and those who aren’t. Keep it simple.’  Nate watched the techs to see who would ask the inevitable question. Gable was floating the old conversational trick used by case officers to measure an interlocutor’s rapidity […]

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A Word about Keeping a Gratitude Diary

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A Word about Keeping a Gratitude Diary I’ve known for years about the value of keeping a gratitude diary.  I’ve even recommended it to clients, but I have never consistently done it myself until this year.  (You know you should do as I say and not as I do!) It is so helpful in so many […]

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A Word About Words

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Delyn Dendy Harrison wrote a piece called, “Word Power.” Words can comfort, or they can hurt. Words can compliment, and they can also insult. Words can motivate just as they can hinder. They can inspire, and they can reject. Words can express feelings, or they can verbalize reactions. Words, carelessly or angrily spoken Can be […]

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A Word about February 11

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A Word about February 11 Did you remember to save the date?  I asked you to few weeks ago, so I’m sure most of you did!  You did, right? Quite simply, it is the best couples’ communication program I have ever seen in my 35+ years of professional counseling!  It’s called Safe Conversations, and the […]

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