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The Clouds Above Us, a short story

The Clouds Above Us, a short story   “And from the midst of cheerless gloom I passed to bright unclouded day.” ― Emily Brontë The town we live in is Two Rivers, Wisconsin, population 11,000, where even the seagulls were made cross by this breakup.  It’s a close-knit, church-oriented community with the familiarity of an old love ballad from the…

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The Family Drama of Addiction

The family is truly a gift from God. Now families are under siege by global addiction. I honor and respect parents because the good ones are heroes, called to sacrifice themselves for their children. Parents need hope and direction. Their children, whatever their ages, are the main targets of the spiritual darkness at the root of addiction, which aims to deceive, exploit and destroy. I want to teach the family how to defend itself, to lay out a spiritual, therapeutic counter-attack.

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How Addicts are Portrayed on TV

Television and movies are full of addicted characters.  “House” was about an opiate addict, played wonderfully by Hugh Laurie.   The new “Kevin Can Wait,” stars the very talented Kevin James as a lovable junk food junkie.  The character is seen to have just a “weight problem” that dieting should take care of, but not if you have a real addiction…

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A Special Invitation to You

A therapist’s number one job is to relieve or reduce the pain of a person, couple or family, normally though a proper assessment, a diagnosis, followed by a course of treatment.  Often, especially in the cases of abuse and trauma, those suffering carry the burden of shame.  Therapy is a form of mercy, as is forgiveness.  God is a Father…

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Super Heroes, Mercy and Recovery, Take on a Super Villain, Addiction

Fighting with Addiction Science Addictive disease both fascinates and horrifies me, as an addiction professional and as a human being.  Poetry and philosophy I need for my soul because they uplift me.  There was no satisfaction for me to teach high school English, so I found a new career, which by the grace of God I do enjoy.  Over the…

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Discovering Divine Mercy in Our Postmodern Addictive Society

We don’t generally doubt what we are seeing when we look at a solid object, but we often doubt or dismiss the traditional beliefs of earlier times.  Our intellectual history has brought us into an age when everything is in doubt, including God; especially God. I do not propose to deny the right of atheists to not believe in God…

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Grace and Mercy Extended to All

At twenty-four I had a spiritual experience that changed my life.  I had no direction, no belief in myself, nor a whit of hope that I would ever find my path.  Then an other-worldly Hand with the distinct feeling of being real touched me, actually grabbed me, not forcibly, but gently, lovingly.  I had been taught to believe there was…

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How Addicts are Portrayed on TV

Television and movies are full of addicted characters.  “House” was about an opiate addict, played wonderfully by Hugh Laurie.   The new “Kevin Can Wait,” stars the very talented Kevin James as a lovable junk food junkie.  The character is seen to have just a “weight problem” that dieting should take care of, but not if you have a real addiction…

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