On this eve of my birthday, I am filled with raw excitement. It is like Santa is approaching; only, not just for the night, but for the entire year to follow. There is something so supremely magical about honoring your milestone each and every year. I love my birthday because I take time to unabashedly…

Mary insisted I wait to enter her room until she put on her lipstick. Her arms were the diameter of the steel pole on which the IV hung. Her goal on the white board: “To get fat.” Her doctor insisted she be hospitalized after her weight dropped to a dangerously low level. She drove herself…

My best friend’s daughter, Lela (age 6), recently outlined her criteria for a marriage partner:                         Do you cigarette? (smoke)                         Do you litter?                         Do you believe in God? At a young age, she has already determined there must be a conscious decision to choose a mate.  She inherently understands the choice will be…

“Thirty-seven years!” the judge barked in disgust. “You’ve gotten along this long, why do you want to start all over now?”  My client turned in his chair and looked at me, his eyes wide in panic. We had met in my office the week before to prepare for how events might unfold in the courtroom….