Excerpt from SOLACE: “My other work, as a therapist, is partly to listen. One of my social-work clients said to me, when I asked her what she had hoped for in her marriage, ‘Somebody to Listen.’ There is a kind of beauty in my work at times that makes me believe it’s worthwhile. It’s as if I’m holding my warmth close to someone else–as I was with the woman who couldn’t speak–and helping them to melt the pain that has caused them to freeze inside.”

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