Morning: It is now public on the web that Insoo Kim Berg has died last Wednesday night. Insoo was a friend of mine and Liz’s and we usually visited whenever she came to Austin. Over the years I attended a number of her trainings and when Liz started bringing her to town I got the chance to begin going out to dinner with her. I always looked forward to time with Insoo because I always learned something from the encounter and she was great fun to hang out with. Even though she was a famous originator of cutting-edge ideas in family counseling, she was down-to-earth, genuine, and easily approachable. I recall a dinner where we got into a spirited discussion about Bill O’Hanlon’s marital escapades and how at some point Insoo tossed a teaspoon at me to make a point. I had just been in touch with her in the last few weeks, arranging for her to come do the pre-conference institute for our next conference. Insoo had emailed me on January 4th, saying about her husband's passing; "It has been a profound loss and I am finding my ways slowly to learn to adjust and build a new life.." When Cynthia wrote me that she had died, I couldn’t believe it and it is still difficult to accept. Her passing is a great loss to the world of strengths-based counseling, to the world of social work, and to the world of compassionate people.
You can read several announcements of Insoo Kim Berg’s death on her Brief Family Therapy Center’s website www.brief-therapy.org and on the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Assn. Website – www.sfbta.org
El Milagro: Crystal cannulated me and I basically spent my session watching the UT basketball team handily beat Oklahoma (Who’d you go for, Tom?) and then watched an exciting finish to Virginia Tech upend the top ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. What a game. VT also beat Duke earlier in the week, so they are currently the team to watch.
Notes: In at 75.3 and out at 72.8 Kgs.