S. L. - The one person I was the most excited to write about. Why? Because you generate feelings, thoughts, behaviors in me that I have never experienced before. And the feelings always come first - the butterflies in my stomach, the euphoria in my head, and my mouth bursting with smiles, or my eyes drenched with tears. Then the thoughts emerge which are now positive. Before there were negative thoughts because I believed I was not worthy of your love. I felt that you would have wanted someone better, more dazzling. I did not want to watch myself in the mirror and see me. This lady with these experiences from this other country. And all those things that I took for granted - I put aside - you loved. So my thoughts of you now accompany my feelings - intense happiness when I see you. You holding my hand gives me pure bliss. And intense sadness because I miss your presence so much. So I have fallen in love with you - all that you are - all that you stand for. I hear these deep love songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s and today, and they all make sense. I did not want to hear many of these love songs - I pushed them away as I pushed myself away. And slowly, I began listening. They were acutely painful at first, but slowly over time, a smile began to surface.  Joy started creeping in... and this love was now resident in me. Burgeoning like a silver spring. And then you - never came out of my mind. I am always thinking about you. And like an epiphany - you are the MAN I want to BE with forever and a day.

T. L. - My goodness. How did we meet? You waving to me from the door of a restaurant like you knew me a thousand years? The crazy thing is I do believe we did know each other for that length of time, because before I met you, I did not know there was a missing piece in my life. You filled that gap for me. And you showed me the humane side of psychology - the compassion, calmness, and most importantly, love. If I had to draw you, I would draw the words love because that is what you exude. With your clients, with your loved ones and yourself. Sometimes you struggle with your self, but never to the extent that you become overwhelmed. And that is because you indulge in things to bring you joy: dance, eat and drink at great restaurants/rooftops, and attend unique events. So you keep yourself balanced and sometimes some do not see you as such and may feel intimidated. But I see you for what you choose to reveal ~ LOVE-LY.

Quarterly Quote

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

"I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously." ~ Alan Rickman

"We categorized, labeled, and measured ourselves and then made a niche to match. The niche became our boundary, so that our aim became filling niches instead of fulfilling our lives." ~ Virgina Satir