Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

4/5, my grievances with this book were minor, and I read through it quickly, completely engrossed. I have some uncanny ability to select books to read at a time when they will help me in some way. Books call to me at "right" or "relevant" times in my life...  For example, I am usually about [...]

Almost a Psychopath – Ronald Schouten & James Silver

4/5 As a mental health professional, it was nice to read something useful but not jam-packed with jargon, as I am already used to that in my doctorate program. I can see myself referring to this book when assessing clients and/or interactions. I liked how the authors presented case studies of many different types of [...]

The Lost Boy – Dave Pelzer

5/5 I read A Child Called It, I think, while either in college or high school and this next book in the trilogy has been on my shelf for a while. I am not quite sure what exactly made me reach for it, during this Winter break from classes of my doctorate program, but I [...]

The Conscious Heart

I found this work very inspiring and useful both as a professional and as someone in a committed relationship and agree with the majority of the suggestions this couple present. To me, relationships should help inspire growth in both people, so they can become the best and truest versions of themselves. I recognize as a [...]

The Awakening – Kate Chopin

5/5 Stars. LOVED. IT. When I read the critiques at the end of this edition, especially the one by Willa Cather... I was shocked. So scathing! Maybe not everyone only writes about the amazing beauty of nature, Willa, come on. And so what if Edna is so much of an idealist, where do you think [...]

Leaving Mother Lake – Yang Erche Namu & Christine Mathieu

4/5 stars overall. Beautifully written and engaging. Recommended to me by my friend and mentor Dr. Cindy LaCom, this book takes you on a journey to places I personally have never set foot or experienced. In a remote community around the Himalayas, Moso women in some ways, have more/different power than other women in the [...]

The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering – Michael Sandel

Sandel starts this short work with a very poignant example that gets people thinking right away ... he gives the example of two female partners who are deaf and wish to have a deaf child. They succeed in obtaining sperm that will likely produce deaf offspring. If you are like me, you may feel a [...]

50 Shades of Grey: Why it’s a problem and why you should care.

If E L James sought only to make money from her less than stellar literary skills... she succeeded, greatly. However, I wonder if she ever intended to, or even pondered the possibility, that her trilogy perpetuates sexism and reinforces passivity in women. Did she think about the young minds consuming her word garbage? The trilogy [...]

Family Based Services: A Solution-Focused Approach

A professor pointed out to me how different family based services are depending on where you live (and who does the training). For instance, in Pennsylvania it's very structural (focuses on hierarchy, enmeshment, etc) and in Wisconsin it's more solution-focused. While I think both have their strong points, I tend to lean more toward the [...]