Free Attitude

We Americans love our freedoms and rightfully so. The liberties we enjoy are truly rare in world history. However, every freedom we have can be taken away from us. We can lose the freedom of religion. We can lose the freedom of speech, and the…

Universal Constant

More and more I am struck by an increasing awareness of the impermanence of all things.  It is a universal truth that I’m learning to embrace.  All things have a shelf-life.  Everything has an expiration date.  Things get old.  Things…

Liberty

In 1775, Patrick Henry famously proclaimed, “Give me liberty, or give me death.’  Virginia’s first elected governor would rather forfeit his life than to live it without liberty.  We enjoy a great deal of freedom because of generations…

His Smile

When he came to live at Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Homes he felt painfully unwanted and inferior.  He also was desperately withdrawn.  There were times when anxiety took over and he would act out, but it was clear he really had a desire…

Trauma Informed

Children from hard places often display unproductive behaviors.  At Patrick Henry Family Services, we view these children from a Trauma-Informed Perspective.  We don’t ask, “What is wrong with these children?”  Instead, we ask, “What…

Reject Numbness

One of the great challenges of our time is not to become numb.  There is so much hurt so much need, and so much conflict in the world today.  It is very easy to become indifferent to the pain and problems of others.  It is really easy to…

Epistemology

Epistemology is a big fancy word that means the “study of knowledge.”  Epistemology tries to answer the question, “How do we know what we know?”  There are two ancient ways of knowing something: theology and philosophy, the queen and…

Double Dog

It has been suggested we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.  It is so true. The blessings of success and prosperity are not found by getting as much as we can, but rather by giving as much as we can. I know…

Worldly Institutions

There’s an interesting story in the Gospels of a father whose son is troubled by evil spirits. The desperate man brings his boy to the disciples for help but they couldn’t do anything. They didn’t have the knowledge or the power. It was…