Violent Video Games: some brief thoughts from a father and counselor

The topic of violent video games is one that has become a hot issue since the Newton tragedy.  As a counselor, father and gamer I find the whole thing interesting and also a little perplexing. Shortly after Newtown I wrote this post on ign, a gaming website, and given the recent government and media attention to the matter I thought I’d post it here: Personally, […]

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Learning to Listen: Beginning to find answers

Like the rest of the country, I feel like I’ve been in a state of moderate shock since the events at Sandy Hoook Elementary. Like many of you the tragedy of 20 dead children, about the same ages as my little girls, has me asking so many questions: How did this happen? Were there any warning signs? Could anything have been done? Could this happen […]

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Working with Troubled Teens

Working with Troubled Teens

In the wake of the suicide of a Glenelg teen last month I have had the opportunity to talk to a couple local youth workers about how to take care of troubled teens and at risk youth.  It reminded me of why I got into counseling in the first place.  When I was in youth ministry I found myself faced with a couple situations where […]

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Blended Families: Growing together

Blended Families: Growing together

A good pastor friend of mine (who also got me started blogging, and whose sermons can be found here) mentioned to me that I need to stop apologizing at the beginning of my posts about how long it has been since I last posted.  So I’m taking his advice, and I’m not going to apologize that I haven’t posted in two weeks. Did I do […]

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Dealing with stress: It’s ok to not be ok

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post, and my promise to start blogging more regularly.  Truth is, this has probably been the hardest month of my professional counseling career.  I’ve been busy, very busy.  This is a tough time of year in general for a lot of people.  The doldrums of winter, being stuck inside and short days start to […]

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Giving less

Giving less

And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, […]

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Merry Christmas to all…

…oh that it were so. For many of us, especially those of us who are kids at heart, or get to enjoy the company of children during this season, it is one of the most wonderful times of the year.  I have been very much enjoying watching my kids reactions to christmas lights, Santa Claus, advent traditions, and so many other unique and fun things […]

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The return of the blog

The return of the blog

Two and a half years after it closed I am officially re-opening “one mo blog” for business.  Posts from the old blog have been migrated to my new website, and as I alluded to in my last post, it’s time to start writing again.  Look for some new meaningful content starting before the end of 2011.  The attempt of the blog is going to be […]

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State Licensed!

It’s (almost) official.  I received word from the board of Professional Counselors and Therapists last week that I passed the final test needed to become a State Licensed Professional Counselor and should receive my license in the mail in the next two weeks! Now that classes, licensing, and career moves are (hopefully) done for a while I’m hoping to blog more…a lot more.  I essentially […]

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In Our Weakness

In Our Weakness

Sometimes it seems like no matter how hard you try there is no one around who understands.  Or if they are life gets in the way.  You can’t catch a break.  Life keeps throwing curveballs. I wish I could tell you that it will all be alright.  That a friend is waiting.  Or if not that call a pastor, or a therapist.  Somehow though, when you […]

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