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Journeying 1: The Past

During an early part of my social work career, I worked as the unit social worker in a skilled nursing facility for older adults with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. The challenge that I faced every day was how to bring dignity and worth … Continue reading

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Mid-Winter Tea

My colleague and I were having lunch today at a favorite local Thai restaurant a short walk from our office. We both ordered jasmine tea, enjoying sipping over lunch and conversation. It was a simple, lovely moment in the midst … Continue reading

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Fish and Frogs

I write this blog post from San Antonio, where I am attending a Social Work Research conference. This conference is always a reunion for me, a time when my own cohort from my doctoral program shares our stories, and catches … Continue reading

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Full Circle

It’s been a busy five days of conferencing for me and as always, my mind has been filled with more ideas to write about than time has allowed me to compose them. But now, I am flying back home. As … Continue reading

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Learning from the Divide

For a significant part of my career, I was a grief therapist affiliated with a Hospice program. People came to our agency for a range of reasons, all having something to do with loss. We also provided grief support as … Continue reading

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Unruly Rules

I have an interesting relationship with rules. By my nature, I am not adversarial or oppositional. I am basically a nice, lovable nerd. But I also dislike the nature of rules…especially when rules are used as a proxy for power. … Continue reading

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Lake Walk

I dropped my daughter off at camp yesterday, which brought back a rush of memories for me of my own camp experiences. Most memorable for me were the two years during high school where I spent my summers as a … Continue reading

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Have the Conversation

In this week where we are about to celebrate the Fourth of July, we the people of the United States have finally started having a conversation. Granted, we are still firing up our grills and bantering about whether air shows … Continue reading

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Impostors

It was 7:45 a.m. as I walked toward the table, balancing my breakfast plate and glass of orange juice along with my work bag filled with conference materials, and my head overflowing with new knowledge, inspired ideas, and a growing … Continue reading

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Ruth’s Birthday

When I was an undergrad, I took a course in Social Dynamics of Poverty. I still remember the lessons I this class, and my instructor Dr. Shirley Lord…both course and instructor left a lasting impression. If it were taught today, … Continue reading

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