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“They’ve both been around the block”
by Freddie Parker Westerfield, CCT, RET
Peggy and my human, Judy, worked for 210 dog years as Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists. They are old cuz that’s a lot of years. Now that they are both retired they weren’t doing much of anything except sniffing around. I want them to be happy so I am letting them contribute to my blogs.
Peggy Arndt, LMFT, RET
Peggy is author & illustrator of a Children’s book about her cat Maui (available on Amazon & Kindle).
“The Pulling, Climbing, Falling Down Tale of Maui and His Back Legs”
Personally, I think she should write a book about me and keep the title shorter, like . . . FREDDIE!
Peggy was a psychotherapist and the director of a partial hospitalization program in a major metropolitan hospital in California. She helped people with severe mental illness manage their symptoms, their moods and their life. She never used catnip to treat phobias and alcohol abuse. Whatever she used it helped. Peggy developed courses and taught other therapists on aging and anorexia. She knew a lot about aging because she was growing old herself. As far as anorexia she had to read up on it. She was a pioneer doing telephone therapy because she was so old the internet hadn’t been invented.
Peggy likes to read about science, biology, psychology and especially neuroscience. She reads everything she can find on brain science since discovering the book The Neurobiology of Violence. She is reading about bees right now, even though I think she would be better off reading about dogs.
When she comes to visit she gives me treats and plays with me when she’s not being serious. She likes animals, of which I am one, because when she was 12 years old, she got a horse named Misty. Misty was a lucky horse. In the summer Peggy would get up at 5 a.m. to ride, so Misty could avoid the Phoenix desert heat. Then Peggy came back home to sleep before school. And Misty slept in the horse house.
Peggy practiced drawing for this blog when she was a child by spending hours drawing horses. She drew all the animals on the mast-head. I am encouraging her to draw more dogs.
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The Story of judyJudith
(Written in the third person for objectivity)
Judith or judy? Judith is suave and sophisticated, judy is “down home” (Family & friends who know her well call her judy).
Your Guide to Decide: judy or Judith
(Starting, of course, with the suave and sophisticated)
Alas, her sophisticated side has taken a hit since retiring, after 30 years, from her private practice as a licensed Marriage, Family Therapist.
She’s still trying to figure out what to do with all the unbridled wisdom she’s accumulated. (First she has to figure out where she filed it.)
She credits part of her sophistication to Martin Rossman M.D. & David Bresler, Ph.D. and The Academy for Guided Imagery. As a senior faculty member she taught hundreds of healthcare professionals how to use Interactive Guided Imagery(sm) for health & wellness. Hopefully, all those clinicians are carrying on in sophisticated fashion just as she taught them
Holding tight onto whatever evidence remains that she was sophisticated, not to mention suave, she fondly fingers the certificates of appreciation she received by the National Fibromyalgia Association for being selected as one of 35 people in the United states in both 2006 & 2007 to be a “Leader Against Pain”.
Her down-home side is gloating that her suave and sophisticated side has been side-lined.
She loves anything creative (EXCEPT singing & dancing. Her vocal cords are connected to her 2 left feet). She collects “valuable stuff” to use in creative projects and spends a lot of time organizing (rather than using) the “valuable stuff”. She is versatile, able to quickly switch from one creative project to another without finishing (She calls it multi-tasking, others have referred to it as akin to attention deficit disorder).
Her diagnosis of fibromyalgia in 1996 wasn’t enough to garner sympathy so she developed heart arrhythmias. Since each is a “hidden” ailment she still doesn’t get the sympathy she wants. However, she is blessed that she’s been able to manage symptoms (sorta) and continue to be as suave & sophisticated as is possible with a chronic condition. Every day she reads her Baha’i prayers thanking God for what He has given her and most importantly, what He’s NOT given her.
Call her judyJudith if you can’t decide between suave & sophisticated or down-home.
(She’ll answer to whichever one is around.)
P.S. Both Peggy and judy love four-legged critters (they tolerate those with more than 4 legs but not too fond of those that slither without any legs). Both ADORE Freddie Parker Westerfield.