Category Archives: Life, the Universe, and Everything

Oh, You Shouldn’t Have.

No list of “The Greatest Movies of All Time” is complete without including Orson Wells’s 1940 tour de force, “Citizen Kane.” The following dialog seems to predict conversations in my office 71 years after the film was produced: KANE As far as you’re concerned, Susan, I’ve never wanted anything – I don’t want anything now…Read the full article

Choose Your Story, Part Three: Outlaw at the Gates

Dr. Johnson defined second marriage as “the triumph of hope over experience.” Darren and Isabel were both determined to make it work after disastrous first attempts. But there was a stressor that was tearing them up. Not Isabel’s three needy daughters from her first husband. They were an economic and emotional drain, but Darren could…Read the full article

Choose Your Story, Part One: Mr and Mrs Andirez and their son, Ricky

The Andirez family came to see me, concerned about their 15 year-old son, Ricky. Did he need a placement in wilderness therapy for his drinking and substance abuse? Did he need a therapeutic boarding school to address his anger management issues and oppositional behavior? “He refuses to do homework,” Mrs. Andirez began. “Sometimes, he even…Read the full article