I'm a recently retired clinical psychologist and licensed marriage and family therapist from private practice with Pitts and Associates in Birmingham, AL. My bachelors and doctoral degrees are from Baylor University in Waco, TX (where my author sister, Flo Fitzpatrick, lives). For over 25 years I was in practice with my twin brother, Bob ( also an author as well as an expert on Japanese gardens and bonzai trees). I've been married to Susan over 40 years and we have two grown sons ( Paul and David) two sweet daughters-in-law (Christina and Jennifer), and four delightful grandchildren (Fritz, Jack, Mari Carmen and Berin).
I have long been passionate about music and about marriage. I play mandolin, clawhammer banjo, harmonica and hammered dulcimer in a bluegrass/bluegrass gospel band, Shades Mountain Air. I have specialized in marriage therapy over thirty years and finally found a way to combine these interests in this book. It began as an attempt to write songs for the band, until I realized they were all about marriage. I then concentrated on writing song lyrics/ light verses that taught about how to make and sustain a healthy marriage. I don't offer them as musical masterpieces or poetic gems, but as entertaining, light-hearted presentations of the key concepts I've learned in doing marrige therapy and being married myself. While these lyrics are primarily designed to educate couples, and people who work with couples, I also hope they may inspire more gifted song-writers, poets, playwrights, and script writers to create works that give healthier and more accurate notions about relationships through our entertainment mass media. Therapists and marriage educators may find them useful to give to their clients or students, as I do mine, since humorous, emotional, and more aesthetic experiences can often be more easily accepted, absorbed, and remembered.