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Just a Piece of Paper?

On July 5, 2017, Posted by , In marriage,quotes, With No Comments

“Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate.”                    -W. H. Auden

We Need a Shepherd

On December 3, 2016, Posted by , In Christmas, By , With 1 Comment

There seems to be no lack of opinion among our fellow citizens as to what is the best way forward for our society if the recent presidential campaign is any indication. Most of us are exhausted from the back and forth that took place for many months leading up to…

People Are Not Machines

On September 7, 2016, Posted by , In George's Blog, quotes, With No Comments

“In desperate times we are tempted to go for the quick answer and the efficient solution.  But the quick answer is almost always the oversimplified answer, leaving out all the complexities of actual truth; the efficient solution is almost always the depersonalized solution, for persons take a lot of time…

Parenting

On August 9, 2016, Posted by , In parenting, By , With No Comments

We live in a world in which popular culture enjoys many avenues for influencing our children. Television, movies, and the internet not only entertain but also convey a constant array of messages as to what the world considers normal and desirable. Cell phones and social media fuel a network of…

Depression

On August 4, 2016, Posted by , In Counseling, George's Blog, By , With No Comments

Life is often challenging and at times seems particularly overwhelming.  Circumstances such as financial strain, job stress, disappointment or loss in close relationships can lead to discouragement.  When anxiety and hopelessness begin to paralyze you, driving you inward and compromising your capacity to attend to responsibilities and relationships, it is…

Externalism

On August 2, 2016, Posted by , In George's Blog, quotes, By , With No Comments

“People can think correctly and behave rightly and worship politely and still live badly–live anemically, live individualistically self-enclosed lives, live bored and insipid and trivial lives.”  -Eugene Peterson

Rethinking Love

On July 27, 2016, Posted by , In George's Blog, marriage, By , With No Comments

Marriage is a gift from God and as such is inherently good–even when we don’t do it so well.  It is good because it originates in the goodness of God. That is important to remember when we find ourselves disappointed and prone to being critical, distant, and withholding.  When this…

Counseling and Wisdom

As far as helping methods go it is easier to sell so-called expertise, methods, and quick fixes.  We tend to want ready answers, thus cookie-cutter wisdom, but wisdom cannot be packaged.  It is not wooden or simplistic. More often than not real change requires significant shifts in perspective and motivation;…

Stillness

On March 16, 2016, Posted by , In counseling philosophy, George's Blog, quotes, With No Comments

“We work hard and play hard not because we are more industrious or more playful than our ancestors but because we dare not stop lest in the stillness we are overwhelmed by the sound of our own anxieties and fears.”  -Peter J. Gomes in his introduction to Tillich’s The Courage To…

Complicated People

On February 29, 2016, Posted by , In counseling philosophy, George's Blog, By , With No Comments

As inconvenient as the condition suggested by our title may be, it describes all of us.  Some attempt to “flatten” humanness by a mechanistic definition of man.  Headmaster Thomas Gradgrind in Charles Dickens’ Hard Times was not the first nor the last to do so: “Thomas Gradgrind, Sir.  A man of realities.  A…