Recollections of a High School Counselor: Is That a Boy or a Girl?

I just read an interesting article about the growing gender identity crisis in schools. Who would have ever thought that this would be a major concern for school officials. Back in the day it was pretty clear cut, boys were boys and girls were girls, boys wore blue, girls wore pink and boys played with …

Ofie Gonzales: Farewell Old Friend

Monday  morning I received some extremely distressing news that brought me to tears. Sadly I learned that my friend and former coworker Ofelia Gonzales passed away Sunday evening. I knew she had been battling cancer but had no idea she was doing so poorly. The last time I spoke with her was by email back in March. Although I asked …

"It Don't Come Easy"

“Just open your eyes and realize the way its always been…”       Moody Blues “I’m going through changes…”           Black Sabbath                                                                                                                        “I’m trying hard to understand                                                                                                                                                                  I know we can make it together,                                                                                                                                                                  cause you see I’m changing –                                                                                                                                                                       I’m a changing …

"Getting Stoned on The River: Rocks Can Kill!"

Imagine if you will a leisurely, late summer picnic at a small park near the river, a spot popular with the locals, yet not too busy on this particular afternoon. While the carne asada slowly cooks on the barbecue you, the Mrs. and one of your friends are relaxing in your lounge chairs enjoying a cold …

"Recollections of a High School Counselor: Getting Any lately? – Respect that is!"

Since we’re on the subject of respect, are you getting any lately? Are you getting the respect you deserve? The kind of consideration and esteem you’re entitled too?  From your kids, workmates your significant other? Probably not, especially from kids and teens. Today’s youth are disrespectful, just ask any middle school or high school teacher, they’ll …

"HBD My Little Angel! Dreams Do Come True"

Yesterday was my daughter Janene’s  39th birthday. Just one year remaining as a thirty-something then its the big 40! It just doesn’t seem possible. Where did all the years go? It seems like only yesterday that I was 39! It’s hard to believe it’s been 24 years since I was there. My once dark hair has faded gray, I’ve put …