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April 9, 2019

Use every man according to his desert and who should 'scape whipping? Use them after your own honor and dignity, the less they deserve ... the more merit in your bounty.


If you have experienced the surreal horror of a workplace mobbing, you will know truth an...

November 10, 2018

"That was a long time ago, Columbo – thirty years. Aren't you retired?"

"No, still on the job. Do you miss your brother, Mr. Goren?"

Goren turned away from his collection of Chinese Porcelain. Columbo had looked rumpled thirty years ago, and he looked rumpled now. He sig...

October 29, 2018

If you like Lieutenant Columbo you like him a lot. You admire his tenacity, humanity and commitment to the truth. You watch the episodes - or own them - and perhaps you read the Columbophile website; to my mind, the best fan site out there.


May 7, 2018

This article first appeared in OASPW Newsmagazine in the early 80’s. All you have to do to update it, is tweak a few names. Note the preoccupation with “cutbacks”; surely a universal of social work outrage.

Today it can be found in that unheralded classic, Social Work f...

March 9, 2018

            I believe my great-grandfather's failure lay in his timing. He lived in an era when science remained ascendant, nurtured for its moral significance by the opponents of obsolete theology. Today proliferation of thermonuclear war devices, toxic waste, etc. ha...

December 26, 2017

     Another Day

Ken Snell looked out his apartment window at the snow. Small drifts were forming on the expanse of industrial rooftops that stretched away below. Cold water leaked through the mesh onto the sill.

          Ken sighed and sipped again at his cof...

October 14, 2017

Writing self-help books has rewarded me in ways I never anticipated. And writing the first, Emotional Recovery from Workplace Mobbing, was an act of healing myself. 

I survived a workplace mobbing but not before losing fifteen pounds, suffering a stroke, a breakdown and...

September 30, 2017

Fredriche looked terrified; his goggled eyes glinted in the lamplight. His voice emerged as a whisper.

“Doctor Snow is right. There’s no such thing as a thirty metre lamprey, let alone one that can eat most of an undergraduate in seconds.”

Was that regret I heard in his...

September 20, 2017

I met Robin at a workshop seven years ago. I remember being impressed by the intelligent questions she brought to the proceedings. We have met occasionally since then, over coffee, as friendly acquaintances. The last time I saw her she mentioned that she was working on...

September 20, 2017

Robin Westphal is a colleague, and a friendly acquaintance in Kingston, Ontario, where we both work as social worker/therapists. Kingston is home to Queens University, the Royal Military College and St. Lawrence College. We see many students in our practices - especial...

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