Chocolate Soup Time — Post 44

“Vaccination Follow-Up: Part II”   Part 2. On the Shoulders   When I experienced my cancer scare, one of my strongest supporters was a woman who had been through it herself about 20 years earlier. She went with me to see the surgeon and...

Chocolate Soup Time — Post 43

“Vaccination Follow-Up”   Part 1. Identify the Enemy   Two radiology technicians. Five lumps. One sonogram screen. Me awkwardly on my side so they can get a good angle for the sonogram sensor.   “Don’t look,” I tell myself. I never look when...

Chocolate Soup Time — Post 42

“Vaccinated”   Thank you so much for your patience with me as I took a break from writing. Sometimes, the counselor needs time to care for themselves. We even had a webinar on Compassion Fatigue in February for our Community Care Team and our...

Chocolate Soup Time — Post 41

“Welcome 2021”   I am actually writing this on Christmas Eve! Somehow the mystery of Christmas is still with me. Here Goes.   Happy Birthday Eve Jesus!   Jesus. Immanuel. God with us.   Amazing. God. On earth. As a baby.   Of all...

Chocolate Soup Time — Post 40

“Farewell to 2020”   Most of the people I speak with are ready to say “goodbye” to 2020. It’s been a difficult year, to say the least. Although, as a counselor, I have one more suggestion before we say our farewell. Let’s take a moment to name our...

Chocolate Soup Time — Post 39

“The Second Most Important Commandment”   Several years ago, I sat across from a bright, talented middle-aged woman. She was sharing her story of failure as she criticized and belittled herself. Rather than allowing this unhealthy pattern to play...