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Puer Aeternus

September 15, 2015

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When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 1 Cor. 13:11 Well I’ve been saving for a custom van, And I’ve been playing in a cover band. And my baby […]

Ripple Effect

August 4, 2015

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Let’s see if we can create an existential crisis and solve it in less than 1000 words.  There are about 7 billion people living on this planet at present.  The vast majority of us are not known at all beyond the few hundred lives with whom we have contact.  Even within that circle of influence, […]

Transfer of Power

November 7, 2014

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I am writing this on Election Day.  This has been a particularly brutal election season with all of the negative campaigning, particularly in California’s 52nd congressional district where I live.[1]  My best guess is that we are getting more than 5 political phone calls per day.  I vote by permanent absentee ballot, so I voted […]

What’s Your Epitaph?

February 6, 2014

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“The most important thing a father can do for his children is love their mother.”  Theodore Hesburgh “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”  Winston Churchill “It’s only the giving that makes you what you are.”  Ian Anderson “What do you want on your tombstone?” Tombstone […]

Attachment and Intimacy

October 31, 2013

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To provide some context, this post is adapted from a recent talk I gave to a group of leaders of Christian sexual addiction recovery support groups.  My portion (the more academic section) was followed by my colleagues, Andrew Last speaking on “Creating a Culture of Connection” in the support group and Treina Nash speaking on […]

Ending the Legacy (Part 2)

October 19, 2013

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The only statistics I could find that might give a view to the percentage of the adult population that has experienced childhood sexual abuse indicated that “one in three girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18” (Voicing Abuse Project, 2013).  I am confident that these numbers are grossly […]

Ending the Legacy (Part 1)

October 12, 2013

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One of the things I appreciate about many of my clients is their commitment to ensure that their children have it better than they did.  In this context, we are not talking about material wealth, but physical and emotional safety.  Couples coping with marital distress may have come from healthy families.  The negative cycle is […]