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A Gift Behind Every Disappointment

A Gift Behind Every Disappointment

By Joyce and Barry Vissell “There is a gift behind each disappointment and sadness.” These are words my mother spoke to me countless times growing up. I have found that sometimes the gift comes quite quickly and, at other times, the gift comes slowly, perhaps years later. But we need to trust that a gift […]

“Give Your Gifts, Even Imperfectly”

“Give Your Gifts, Even Imperfectly”

By Joyce and Barry Vissell I’m officially coming out of the closet! Here goes. I, Barry Vissell, besides being a counselor, author, doctor, and workshop leader, am also a musician! So what makes me hesitate to announce this beautiful, musical part of me? It’s quite simple: I don’t feel good enough. Even though many people love my […]

Workaholism: A Growing Problem

Workaholism: A Growing Problem

By Joyce and Barry Vissell In a couple’s counseling session, Dolores accused her husband, Perry, of workaholism. His immediate response was, “Yes, I’m a workaholic.” Joyce and I were surprised at the actual pride revealed in his voice. He continued, “I’m a creative man, an entrepreneur. I thrive on juggling many projects.” Dolores countered, “Yes, […]

The Three Stages of Life

The Three Stages of Life

By Barry Vissell Joyce and I love watching our two-year-old grandson, Owen, just as much as we love spending time with our first grandson, eight-year-old Skye. When they were new babies, their dependence was obvious. Because Owen is younger, I will use him as an example. He would not have survived for long without the […]