It Takes a Village to Write a Book

A few days ago I had a lovely post-project cup of coffee with a client. This client of mine (let’s call him Bob) is self-publishing a memoir about an important and difficult time in his life. As we sipped on coffee and looked at proofs of his book, he reviewed...

October: Balancing the Seasons

Since I was in high school, my favorite fall poem has been one I learned about from Mr. Handby in my sophomore year. It goes like this: Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)   Spring and Fall: to a Young Child Margaret, are you grieving Over Goldengrove unleaving?...

August: Changes Ahead, Yours and Mine

 August is the time to push the reset button August is my December, and September is my January. For the first three decades of my life, my stops and starts were dictated by the academic year–as a student, a teacher, and then a student again–and I’ve...

July: Celebrating the Mile Markers

How do you know if you’re making progress toward your goals? When I run a marathon, I rely heavily on mile markers. Since I’m such a slow-poke racer, there can be a full twelve minutes between each mile marker. Each time I see one up ahead in the distance,...

May: The Questions They Never Asked

It’s May! I love May in the Northwest because every now and then we get to see the sunshine and bask in the glow of the possibility that maybe-just maybe-the world is not a cloud-covered, smallish, gray, soggy place. Today, as I write, there is sun. (Later, when...

March: Learning to Forgive Ourselves

Setting goals is essential for healthy living. We know that people who set goals are more focused and happier; they move through life with a sense of purpose. From a narrative therapy perspective, reaching a goal you’ve set can give you evidence that the...

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