Who is Mona?

Who is Mona?


My tree of life

is rooted in gratitude for the gifts I’ve been given of health, love, encouragement, appreciation, expectations, education and support that have nurtured my lifelong love of learning – the perpetual student. Many branches have emerged from that grounding, always enriched by friends and family – children, grandchildren, and a marriage of twenty years. After early years of teaching in Vermont, I enjoyed almost thirty years of instructing and administration as Professor at Southern Connecticut State University. The final fifteen years emphasized a specialty in the psychology of women and related community workshops. Seven years at the Alfred Adler Graduate School in Minnesota followed with a focus on developmental psychology,

Somewhere in there the specialized study of forgiveness sprouted, culminating in local workshops and two books intended to help people make decisions about whether and how to forgive.As the end of the academic years approached at SCSU, another branch developed — thirty-six years and counting of private practice in Connecticut and currently in Chaska, Minnesota, with an emphasis on Growth Counseling for Healthy Adults.

Finally, all those interests came together in the fictional story of the wife of biblical Job with a change of external covering along the way. But I’m not done yet. The tree is still growing.


  1. Arti December 14, 2015 at 6:43 pm .

    It’s a delicate bnaclaing act isn’t it? Forgiving means letting go. But sometimes behaviors require us to set boundaries. That is not forgetting, that is being responsible.Great post!xoxo,R

  2. Ossama April 8, 2015 at 3:49 pm .

    Theresa, I agree with Dani forgiveness wiuhott forgetting isn’t really forgiveness. We have to look at Christ as our example. I have heard well meaning Christians say, well, I forgive you, but I will never trust you with that again. The heart of that is because you did me wrong, I won’t forget it! ever! The lack of forgiveness only steals from us and opens the door for the enemy to have a foothold in our life. The more we understand our own debt being paid in full with nothing held over our heads as payment, the more we can give back out to others all that we have received.

  3. Leelah January 7, 2015 at 8:27 pm .

    Looking at this, it is so true: the tree is still growing – it no way it could not. This is a trustworthy tree, planted in nourishing soil, watered with rain of forgiveness, curiosity and playfulness – and its fruits are beautiful

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