Hold Onto your Dreams

When I was a child, living on a farm, the nearest daily newspaper was the Elyria (Ohio) Chronicle/Telegram. I loved reading it every day and I had a dream that someday I would be published in that august periodical. When I was about twelve, the newspaper...

Love, friendship and Soul Mates

Have you heard people talk about their “soul mate”? This perfectly-designed person is your ideal match. God sent them just for you. There is no other person on earth who would be such a good match. Do you believe this? Because, if you do, recent psychological...

Realizing Your Gifts

Recently, I went to a big, fancy dinner at a friend’s house. There were about 18 people there and, as far as I know, I was the only LGBT person at the table. I was talking with this really interesting (straight) woman and the topic...

Consciousness, Change and Humility

This column is inspired by a phrase in a terrific book I am reading “Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life” by Jungian psychologist James Hollis. The author wrote that many of the life’s hardships are “… a summons to consciousness, change and humility”....

Do I Need Anger Management?

Dear Michael: I am embarrassed to be writing to you, but so what?  I am 37 years old, and angry all the time.   The weird thing is, I don’t know exactly what I’m angry about, but I have to admit that lately my anger seems out of control.  I...

Old on the Outside

Recently, a client told me: “I feel old on the outside, but so young on the inside. Why doesn’t anyone see this or understand? I am just learning (in my mid-sixties) how to enjoy myself and not worry about what other people think of me. I’m...

How to Live

The title of this column kept tapping me on the shoulder. For three days, I tried resisting, but, my intuition prevailed; so here we are. Obviously, there is no one way to live. We each do it differently. We are supposed to. We are here to...

My Peace Does Not Lie in The World

How do you find peace of mind? With so many difficult people and situations in our lives, how do we not just lose it over-and-over again? After pursuing peace through many means over the past several decades, I have learned some things that have become practical...