Category Archives: A Word About

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A Word about Della and Dunc

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I don’t know why any of us is born to the parents we are, but I am eternally grateful for mine, Della Miriam Dow Duncan and Harold Downey Duncan, Sr. I have a sister and a brother, Jane and David, and I am confident they can echo (and add to) my sentiments. When younger, we […]

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A Word about Brokenness

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A Word about Brokenness  It is not necessary for me to retell the stories of violence and catastrophe in our cities.  We in Dallas were touched tragically by the events of the past few days.  Similar events have been repeated many times over in many other locations for years! One sad fact of our lives […]

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A Word about Communication and Hurt

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A Word about Communication and Hurt   Strother Martin was a wonderful character actor who often played supporting roles with cinematic superstars such as John Wayne, Robert Redford and Paul Newman. One of his most famous roles (that included one of his most famous lines) is that of the prison “Cap’n” in Paul Newman’s portrayal […]

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A Word about Dolly

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A Word about Dolly     As a teenager, growing up in East Tennessee, my family and I regularly watched Dolly Parton (as a teenager) perform on a local Knoxville television station. She was two years older than me (she still is), and we all knew she would be “big” some day–don’t ask me how […]

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A Word about Bicycles

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A Word about Bicycles   I just learned of a fascinating video I want you to see!  It is a wonderful illustration of how our brains work. It’s all about neural pathways and neuroplasticity. Each of us has a lot of knowledge about a lot of things, but one of the lessons of this video […]

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A Word about Next Weekend!

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A Word about Next Weekend! By Dr. Harold Duncan I have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for more than 30 years. It is a blessing and an honor for me to work with couples as they seek to connect and repair damaged relationships. Two of the most influential people in my professional life are […]

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A Word about “Exploring”

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A Word about “Exploring”     “If you aren’t making ten mistakes a day, you aren’t trying hard enough!” It was in California (of course:), and the company was a small, tech research and development firm. One thing that made them unique was that the president of the company (quoted above) wanted his employees to […]

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A Word about Messes

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A Word about Messes        I’ve never met Jerry Van Amerongen, creator of “Ballard Street,” but I consider him to be an imaginative and insightful observer of the human condition.  His cartoons never cease to delight me and make me think–what a great combination! As a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, […]

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A Word About Gratitude

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What a wonderful holiday it is! Thanksgiving! It may be my favorite. No pressure to buy gifts. All we have to do is visit and eat and watch ball games (and eat). Of course, travel can be stressful as can be meal preparation. Also, being with people who we are normally not around involves its […]

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A Word about Empathy

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A Word about Empathy    Couples who come to counseling usually have two very important things in common: they are disconnected from each other (mildly, moderately or majorly) and they feel unsafe with each other (sometimes physically but most often emotionally). One reality of couples’ therapy, according to highly regarded marital therapists, researchers and authors […]

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