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A Good Lawyer and a Sad Son

Once I was invited to the retirement party of a fond acquaintance, a well respected lawyer. He was a man I personally knew to be honest as well as exceedingly good at his profession. The party was fun; full of … Continue reading

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The True Explorer

It may seem trite to say life is a journey, but few metaphors are more apt for describing the human experience. Personal insight and awareness often have the same gradual, unfolding nature that mirrors the action of putting one foot … Continue reading

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Let Me Count the Ways…

When I was a little boy I learned numbers long before I could identify letters. I went around “reading” numbers and speaking them aloud wherever I saw them, probably driving my parents to distraction, though they didn’t let on. Counting … Continue reading

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The Anxiety Club

One warm September day in 1998, five of us from St. John’s College went for a swim in the Chesapeake Bay at a beach about ten miles from campus.  It was so much fun we kept going back, even into … Continue reading

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Substance Use and Rites of Passage

My first job as an addiction counselor was at a clinic in a housing project near Baltimore. It was a dangerous place to work because the drug trade was open and the police presence was insufficient.  It wasn’t uncommon to … Continue reading

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