Tracy L. Morris

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“Autumn” Here

My favorite season was always autumn. Partly because I’m not a fan of summer’s heat, and partly because of the beautifully colorful images that I (along with all the other kids growing up on the Gulf Coast) saw represented by books, TV, movies… It didn’t really matter that those images virtually never looked like our…

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Looking for Signs of Growth

Have you ever heard me remark about “bringing hindsight forward”? I know it’s not quite Spring yet, but I’m already taking time to reflect on future growth. How might any of these happenings interact with your world? Another Day, Another Office As promised, I’m now in the Houston office 3 days each week — Sundays,…

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Parents & Emotions: Keep a lid on it, or let it out?

Raising young humans is always, without a doubt, an emotionally challenging job. It’s been my experience that most parents hope to do at least a few things differently than they recall from their own childhood. When you add to those normal challenges a parent’s strong desire to be better at the job, the pressure can…

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Meditation for Regular People

I’m excited to finally be offering meditation classes. But wait, I hear “What do you mean by ‘regular people’??” I’ve often recommended meditation to clients. And many have let me know that they think meditation might be just great — for someone else. The thought most often expressed: “I can’t make my mind be quiet.”…

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Alternative, Normal, Possible

It’s time again to look at my book pile. As usual, this won’t be a complicated, dense review — just a quick list of what I’m reading right now. I don’t intentionally read books that have things in common during the same span of time, but I enjoy wondering if there are unintended connections among…

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Squirming Through Courage

Feels like there are weights in the soles of your shoes at every step down the crowded hallway where you recognize every mark on the tile floor because you’ve done this every day for months (years?), staring down at the next tile in your path because you don’t dare look up and see the faces…

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Family Values & The Difference Between Politics and Humanity

Therapists are trained and advised to steer clear of open political discussion for many reasons. However, the current situation in the United States — of children being separated from their families and held in detention centers — is one that warrants comment from all people. Regarding the possibility of media spin: I have heard from…

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Spirituality, Madness, Children, and Resilience

The title of this blogpost came to me in a flash. Did those 4 separate words bring you here, too, out of curiosity? No plans for a high-level, complicated essay on the concepts — spirituality, madness, children, resilience. Just a quick list of the books currently on my reading shelf, all of which I’ve recommended…

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New Year, Happy or Not

This essay was originally published on a blog of mine from a few years ago, when I was taking something of a geographical sabbatical and had moved to a place very different from my hometown of Houston. You may have noticed that it’s standard protocol for helping professionals to avoid sharing much of their personal…

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When “Happy Holidays!” Doesn’t Ring True

Lots of people feel left out at this time of year, for lots of reasonable reasons. Harsh memories of the past can be haunting.             Disappointments about the present can feel insurmountable. The idea of a New Time approaching, full of hope and possibility, can seem quite Pollyanna-ish and naively unrealistic….

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