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Drugged to the Hilt

Throughout my four-decade psychotherapy practice, I have registered great concern about the overprescription and overuse of pharmaceuticals in our culture. Although I regularly discuss my concerns with my clients, this is, regrettably, my first effort to publicize my alarm. Generally speaking, our society has been placing an increasingly high premium on quick and easy—fast food, […]

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Happiness Challenge

  My son, Michael, has been participating in the Facebook “100 Days of Happiness Challenge,” which as of this writing has about 3600 “likes.”  I suggest checking it out and deciding whether you’d like to participate:  https://www.facebook.com/100daysofhappinesschallenge. I want to briefly share my reaction to the Challenge. I appreciate the spirit of it:  dedicating oneself […]

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Marital Dividends

Most of the activities in our marriage enrichment weekend retreats involve releasing blocks to intimacy, developing communication skills and romantic expression. Despite some of the accompanying challenges, couples tend to quickly garner insights and feel uplifted by those practices. However, a few of the exercises that we include in our retreats are emotionally evocative and […]

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Why Ask?

Sometimes, for days I live in the question of what to write my weekly blog about, as was the case this week. The answer finally arrived last night: write about a favorite topic of mine—questions. What constitutes a good question and what is the value of a well-crafted question?  I just intended to illustrate two […]

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Profoundly Simple Healing Approaches

I just completed a lovely, impactful group and personalized healing retreat at Sunrise Ranch Conference and Retreat Center in Loveland, CO. I’ve had the fortune to be guided for several years by one of the retreat facilitators, who is designated as a top teacher and guide in a large, international spiritual organization with which I’m […]

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Potent Perspectives

We can gain new perspectives many different ways, such as through life experiences, adversity, stories and humor. While my wife, Ruth, and I recently visited my 93-year-old mother-in-law for a week in a Harrisburg, PA nursing home, I was able to combine each of those elements for a strong dose of perspectives. I have visited […]

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Let Us Not Be a Caravan of Despair

This the first of several blog posts written by contributors to our men’s anthology that update key developments in the authors’ lives since publication of our book in 2011. I will post the other guest blogs during the next few months. -Jim This blog post is offered by Rev. Rudy Gelsey. In the year 2000, […]

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Passionate Warriors for Love

During our “Secrets of a Soulful Marriage” retreat at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, CO over Valentine’s weekend, my wife, Ruth, and I invited couples to give themselves playful and/or empowering names. We dubbed ourselves Passionate Warriors for Love, as are intentional in our efforts to give and to receive love and to spread the “good […]

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Hooray for Committed Couples!

My wife, Ruth, and I feel so blessed and privileged—and I mean this with all of my heart—to be able to work with couples who are intent about healing and expanding their relationships. We just returned from facilitating our signature marital enrichment weekend retreat, Secrets of a Soulful Marriage at Sunrise Ranch Conference and Retreat […]

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A Powerful Little Word

I met with a mid-40’s male client yesterday who tends to be intellectual, philosophical and overly analytical. He recognizes that he can bog down to the point of creating paralysis through analysis.  During our session, “Joe” proudly reported that he had come to realize how much peace he could attain by accepting himself for who […]

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