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Retired after 20 years of service in the legal field of the U.S. Navy, Fred is now enjoying a second career as a mental health counselor.

  • [Review] Motivational Interviewing

    Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change. William R. Miller & Stephen Rollnick, 2002. 428 pages. The Guilford Press. ISBN 1-57230-563-0. 2nd Edition Why do people change? Or rather, why don’t people change? Change is difficult because it usually involves moving from… Read More ›

  • An Odd Couple

    Recently my wife and I decided it was time to remodel portions of our home. Kitchen, deck, the “man cave,” and an art studio for her. By the way, what do you call the wife’s version of the husband’s “man… Read More ›

  • Great American Melting Pot is Bland

    With Independence Day being celebrated in the U.S. this week I have been reading the customary “What makes America great?” articles in the newspapers. One article in particular caught my eye as it discussed favorite American foods (“American” meaning only… Read More ›

  • Send In The Crowd

    For the past few weeks I have been watching the World Cup with interest. What I enjoy the most isn’t so much the competition between two teams but rather the camera shots of the crowd. The fans in attendance appear… Read More ›

  • A Positive Approach

    Now that grad school is finished I have turned my focus toward the resume. With the exception of my practicum and internship hours, most of my work experience has been in the military and not directly related to the human… Read More ›

  • Graduation!

    Graduation day has finally arrived. What took years to achieve has already begun fading into the memory of, “It doesn’t seem that long ago…” I began my college education later in life than most and the years between high school… Read More ›

  • Natural Pest Control

    After a cold, wet, and seemingly endless Winter, Spring has arrived here in my corner of Virginia. The azaleas are in full bloom and it seems we have moved past the pine, maple, and oak tree pollinating season. The hummingbirds… Read More ›

  • Shifting the Alphabet

    When I was an active duty member of the U.S. Navy I moved up the ranks from E-1 to E-7, and that is where I retired. An E-7 in the Navy is a Chief Petty Officer and my official title… Read More ›