The Permanence of Waves by C. J. Clark

In “The Permanence of Waves,” the author takes us on a magical journey into the secret lives of the things we often take for granted. We are invited into a new way of seeing ourselves, others, and the world in which we live.

You will meet Olive and her grandfather, whom she is worried about. Grandpa lives with his dog Scout at the edge of the woods near a lake. Olive wants her granddad to come live with her so that she will know that he is safe. When Olive goes to visit her grandfather to move him to Kansas, she finds a story that he has written for her daughter, Lottie. While reading the story, Olive learns about herself, and others, and that all is not as it seems. Through the grandfather’s story, which gives a voice to things that often seem non-sentient, we revisit ideas of age, self-sufficiency, our forgotten past, and what is really important.

This is a gentle, uplifting story, filled with symbolism that speaks of inter-connection and influence.

For more information, visit http://www.langmarc.com/book/permanence-of-waves/

You can never get enough of what you don’t need to make you happy.–Eric Hoffer


Do you ever find yourself chasing happiness? More stuff? More money? More love, acceptance, friends, drugs . . . or whatever?

Yes, we do need these things to some degree. We need a roof over our heads, food in our pantries, and people to love.

Sometimes we think more stuff will make us happy. Whatever that stuff is, whether people or things, it is outside of us. We are looking for something external to fill a hole inside ourselves, to make us complete, to bring happiness.

I would suggest that true happiness cannot be found externally. As the old saying goes, happiness is truly an inside job. You can only fill yourself with yourself. Become a complete person, grounded in the knowledge that you’re all you need. Then all the rest can truly be enjoyed.

Remember, all the stuff is just frosting on the cake. You, my friends, are the cake.

Let’s hear it for cake–with lots if yummy frosting!


How do you Measure Up?


“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sometimes I read reports of every-day heroes. People who put themselves at risk to “do the right thing.” Who put themselves in danger to rescue another. Or risk derailing careers to follow their own moral codes. Even those who battle their own fears and limitations to find out who they really are, and what their purposes are, seem heroic to me. The road less travelled. . .

When I hear of these people, I ask myself, “would I have the guts to do that? Or would I stay in fear, seemingly protecting myself from whatever scary outcome I imagined?”

They say we really don’t know what we would do until we are actually faced with such a situation. I pray that I would have the courage to do the right thing. And then I often pray I never have to find out.

Let’s hear it for the heroes!

Welcome to our new website–and our new blog!

I’m so glad you stopped by. We’re proud of our new website–our goal is to give you a little bit of information about us, and some resources that you will find helpful.

You’ll find the usual stuff here. Who we are, where we are, and the service we offer. An online store of products we’ve created (check back soon–more to be added).

Be sure to check out the Workshops and Groups section of the Services tab. We are creating several exciting events for the upcoming year.

Take a look at the Resources tab. There you will find articles for Teens and for Parents. There is a section of articles that explain some common Mental Health Diagnoses. And you’ll find a list of my favorite Anger Management books.

Check back here for updates on events, additional products in the online store, more articles in the Resources tab, and general information. Let me know what you think. I can be reached at Sheila@ConnectionsCounselCtr.com.

Happy New Year!