Eating Disorder Awareness

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Two years ago, I wrote this post as a part of this week when I was still working as a counselor in an elementary school. I hope that my experiences can help someone else. Working in the counseling profession, I get bombarded with emails from the corporate … Continue reading Eating Disorder Awareness

Shut Up, You’re Bothering Me

Do you work with someone who has a tendency to annoy you? Does this someone annoy lots of people? Let me assure you, I feel your pain. Lots of people, I'm sure, feel your pain. See, in the workplace, people from numerous walks of life are thrown together for anywhere from six to ten hours … Continue reading Shut Up, You’re Bothering Me

Mandatory

This prompt is inspired by the good people at Sunday Scribblings 2! Head over there to see how other bloggers have written based on this week's prompt! As a school counselor, I had the wonderful opportunity to take my summer off from work. Sure, we have a summer program that I could have easily volunteered … Continue reading Mandatory

The Single Guy and the First Day of School

The following tale is based on actual events which occurred a number of years ago... It had been a long time since I had gotten excited about the first day of school. There was a time, once upon a time, when I actually looked forward to that fateful September day when I would be able … Continue reading The Single Guy and the First Day of School

The Single Guy vs the Last Day of School

The following tale is based on actual events which occurred a number of years ago. This is the final part of a trilogy of stories about the Teacher. Part one is here, part two is here... Seven simple words. String them together and throw in a question mark at the end for good measure. How … Continue reading The Single Guy vs the Last Day of School

The Single Guy vs. the Obstacle Course

The following tale is based on actual events which occurred a number of years ago. This is the second part of a trilogy of stories about the Teacher. You can read part one here... I don't just set out to find things to add to the Murtaugh List. Sometimes, these things just present themselves to … Continue reading The Single Guy vs. the Obstacle Course

The Single Guy and the Teacher

The following tale is based on actual events which occurred a number of years ago. This will be the first part of a trilogy of stories about the Teacher... I didn't have a lot of opportunities to meet single ladies in those days. Nor did I try. I spent a good 85% of my time … Continue reading The Single Guy and the Teacher

Dear Parents,

I am a Therapeutic Day Treatment Counselor. My job is to spend time with your troubled child while he or she is at school. I hang out with them in their classrooms. I provide encouragement and redirection as needed. I pull them out of class for the occasional one-on-one counseling session to work on goals … Continue reading Dear Parents,

Eating Disorder

Working in the counseling profession, I get bombarded with emails from the corporate office letting me know whenever there's a special focus on some aspect of mental health for a day or a week. To be honest, I don't always pay attention when these emails hit my inbox. Mostly, I just get annoyed when I … Continue reading Eating Disorder

Being Santa

First of all, let's just agree that the guy sitting on the throne of lies at the mall is not the real Santa Claus. But that doesn't make the fake Santa a bad guy. We shouldn't try and pick a fight with him simply because he smells like beef and cheese. The Santas at the … Continue reading Being Santa