Speaking of which -- been doing some thinking about where I'm headed career-wise. I had the pleasure of meeting with a former colleague this past Friday who left the agency to begin her own practice. In fact, when she left, I filled her shoes as an intensive outpatient therapist. I love this job though I have to admit there are a lot of demands and stress. Clients and families are really struggling -- perhaps indicative of the financial and political turmoil of recent months. While in conversation with this colleague, we discussed "burn out" and the pros/cons of private practice. I've also been thinking about Ph.D programs . . . In a nut shell, our chat opened windows and doors on possibilities I had not considered in some time. That alone has given me energy and enthusiasm that has sometimes recently lagged.