Absence of Choice 

By definition, choice is an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities. When people are allowed to make choices, they feel empowered. Conversely, when people are denied the freedom of choice, they become disenfranchised. The...

I’ve Graduated Now What?

The month of May ushers in endings and beginnings. For college students, it is the end of exams; papers; class presentations; impromptu speeches; debates; and internships. Graduation is the rite-of-passage that launches students into a field of practice with...

Joy and Value in Life’s Seasons

In February 2019, we wrote a blog titled, The Power of Life’s Narratives. In it, we explored the central thread of meaning that runs throughout everyone’s life…which is their unique narrative or purpose. The major message of that entry was that everyone’s life has...

Beyond the Walls of Social Work 

Happy Social Work Month to social workers here, there, and everywhere! As descendants of Jane Addams, the mother of social work, our reach has extended in many directions! Regardless of where you find social workers; eradicating injustices and creating better living...

What Happens after a Great Divide?

To mask or not to mask. To quarantine or not to quarantine. To distance or not to distance. To take the vaccine or not to take the vaccine. These are the conundrums brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. These riddles have created a divide in our country. Do...

Don’t Jump in the Boat with the Person who is Drowning

We all have known someone on a figurative sinking ship (or boat) whose inability to save themselves threatened to take us down with them if we jumped aboard. We consider ourselves being empathetic when we identify with someone else’s pain. Simply commenting, “I know...

Kindness – One of the Best Gifts of All

Kindness – One of the Best Gifts of All Kindness in words creates confidence Kindness in thinking creates profoundness Kindness in giving creates love ~ Lao Tzu – Chinese Philosopher In December, our minds are typically focused on the holidays… often referred to as...

Highjacking Freedom of Choice

The literal meaning of highjacking involves stealing by stopping a vehicle or aircraft. To highjack someone’s ideas is to steal them and promote them as your own. In this entry, we will expand the concept of highjacking to include individuals, groups or businesses...

Listening – No Easy Task

According to the Oxford Living Dictionaries, to listen is to give attention to sound or action. When listening, one is hearing what others are saying, and trying to understand what it means. The act of listening involves complex affective, cognitive, and behavioral...

Cancel Culture – What Needs to be Cancelled?

Recently, the word cancel is getting new usage. Standing alone, it simply means to get rid of something. In a Words We are Watching article on the Merriam Webster website, in the latest use of the word, you can cancel people—in particular, celebrities, politicians, or...