About Me

Sun Road 287I have been married for close to 50 years, have three grown children, and 5 grandchildren. I have an MSW (social work) and a Ph.D. (clinical psychology) that allowed me to do very rewarding work before I retired in 2010. The work that I enjoyed so much involved being a mental health therapist along with a college professor and department chair. That part of my life feels like a long time ago. I am in the process of recreating myself yet again – this time because a chronic illness turned my life inside out. A very important factor in my ability to heal, physically and psychologically, has been my faith in God, who guides me and provides strength. My faith and my education have combined to form the belief that we have an amazing capacity to heal and grow if we look for and use the gifts that are available to us.

I value relationships, human development until our moment of death, social justice, world peace, and intellectual stimulation. I enjoy time with the people I love, being creative, reading books, writing, travel (including camping), quilting (especially piecing), and good food. I don’t enjoy exercising (but I do it), deciding what to have for supper (my household task), housecleaning (my husband does most of it), or being around people who don’t play nice.

8/2/12 Update as I am recreating myself:

I have allowed my long-denied desire to take photographs to emerge as an extension of my blogging activity. What a joy. I am looking at the world differently and having fun trying to capture the images of life in a meaningful way. The evening news presents so much ugliness and the antidote to this is seeing the beauty of God’s grace in people and nature through my photography. In this I have found new meaning for my life. A side benefit of photography is that it gets me out and moving as I explore the world with my camera. 

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  1. How lovely you have chosen to focus through the lens. Buying a camera and focusing on the world through a lens certainly opens your eyes to every tiny detail. Once I bought mine, did a bit of a course, I can’t stop seeing detail that maybe others just pass by on. It certainly gets you out and about! Isn’t it fun 🙂

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  2. It does change perception—viewing the world with a camera in hand! Your photos are beautiful. I know what you mean about chronic illness turning one’s world inside out. Hard to deal with something that just doesn’t resolve.And I totally agree about the news…all of the constant negativity is just not good.

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    • Thanks for your supportive comments. I am taking a vacation from political news this week-end and it is a real joy. I decided that the U.S. won’t collapse if I take a little break. 🙂

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  3. Hi Pat, thanks for stopping by Beauty Along the Road, which brought me here to your site. Yay, another retired clinical psychologist – I’m always amazed how many mental health people (retired or still practicing) end up blogging; somehow we seem to find each other. And, yes, breaks from the political scene are so important to recover our own sanity 🙂

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