A Poem for a Good Friend

This poem is dedicated to my long-lost friend, Stephen (Michael) Gross. He was funny, witty, and most of all, a great friend. I miss him very much. You will never be forgotten, Mike. Shirley  

What is Friendship? Let Me Tell You the Story of Barbara June

  I have had some people ask me recently what at first might seem an odd question. However, I am convinced it is very important. What is friendship? Some may giggle to think that someone wouldn’t understand what a friendship is, but you won’t when you are done with this article. A Definition of Friendship [...]

One Year After My Therapist Retired

Losing a therapist for any reason can feel like there has been a significant death in the family.

A Message to All Who Are Having a Hard Time Today

I of all people understand the deep hole of depression. I understand the feelings of being overwhelmed by one's thoughts, and the need to hide. I can also relate to feelings of wanting to self-destruct. These powerful emotions can make life miserable, and threaten our existence. My words to you today are simple. I care. [...]

Some Autumn Humor!

Despite global warming, the temperatures here in central Illinois are finally beginning to chill. It's raining as I sit writing this piece, and a chilly wind is blowing. I thought it would be a good morning to celebrate autumn by posting some jokes and funny gifs. Try not to boo too loudly, okay? Enjoy! Q: [...]

A Video With a Whopper of a Message!!

I watched a video today that was in awe. It covers so many topics! Change is inevitable. If you keep doing the same thing over-and-over again expecting a different result, you’ll never experience success! Fear of the unknown can paralyze you! Facing your fears and doing what you are afraid of anyway feel really freaking [...]

Solitary Confinement?

My brother and I have been discussing a very interesting quote made by the late Tennessee Williams which reads as follows: “We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.” He brought this quote to my attention because he said after speaking with me and understanding how a person living with [...]