When life isn’t fair

We’ve all heard it before: “Life isn’t always fair”. Maybe it was from a parent, or friend or mentor, but the old adage is true. The funny thing about being a counselor is others think we are supposed to deal with it better.  I was in my chiropractors office recently and he asked me why I think I’m feeling so stiff and sore lately.  I […]

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Finally the Ottos…

…have returned to Youth Ministry! It’s been 10 years to the month since I stepped down as Youth Director at Wicomico Presbyterian. Ten crazy years. We’ve doubled the size of our family, moved twice, helped plant a church and seen our kids grow into pre-teens and teens.  I’ve felt a call outside of professional ministry, started a new career, and now, God has brought us […]

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New Beginnings

I’m not really sure how this happened. I’m currently in a plane, over the grand canyon, on my way to Las Vegas for a conference that combines two of my favorite things: therapy and the wilderness. It’s fitting really. My journey to becoming a counselor began 19 years ago when I took a job as a counselor at a Boy Scout Camp. I loved working […]

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Summertime Blues

Summertime Blues

We’re a couple weeks into the summer now and I’ve seen an increase in something that I see every year:  anxiety and/or depression about the change of routine, more commonly known as the summertime blues.  It’s funny, we normally think of the summer as a time of rest and relaxation, and for many it does bring that.  But there is also a number of folks […]

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Back to School Blues

Labor day weekend is over, and schools around the country are back in session. While many parents are breathing a sigh of relief, there are also a number of stay-at-home parents who have seen their kids off and are in mourning. Sure on the one hand it’s exciting to see the new school year start with all the optimism that brings, but it also brings […]

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Breakups suck…

…I wish there was an easier way to put it. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been with someone for two months or twenty years ending a relationship is no fun. It doesn’t matter if the relationship ends because someone has been unfaithful, or just a mutual understanding that it’s time to end it; break-ups hurt. Too often people want to deny that hurt. It’s easier to believe that they are […]

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Finding Rest

To say that my family and I have gone through some changes over the past year would be a bit of an understatement. We added a baby to the family, I finished my graduate degree and started a new job, we sold our home, moved into a temporary housing situation, and then bought a new home. And that’s not to mention all the smaller [big] […]

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Changes

Ok, first off:  Why the change to WordPress from Squarespace? This one is simple, price.  I loved Squarespace, I was on it for almost four years and never had a bad experience.  However, over the past four years I have picked up a bit of web design knowledge, so switching to a WordPress site was easy and saves me a lot of money in the […]

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