About me: I am a person who loves to learn. I love helping people who are hurting, and in my experiences of doing community outreach, I have learned a lot about people and how we relate. I dropped out of high school, but went back to school to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Then I got a master’s degree in Sociology. And I just earned my Master’s in Social Work. I am a licensed social worker, counselor, writer, photographer, business owner, business consultant, writer, blogger, photographer and servant. I am also a lover of Jesus. As an observer of the human experience, I see things from a unique perspective. I hope that some of the lessons I have learned from my successes, but more importantly, from my mistakes and failures, will prove to be useful to others.
Currently I am working as a Social Worker/Counselor/Administrator at Counseling Specialists LLC. If you are interested in counseling, please go to www.counselingspecialistsllc.com and we will be glad to help. I counsel adults and adolescents from all walks of life.
As a writer, I use the credentials that I have earned, combined with my human experiences, my mistakes, my hopes, my frailties, and at times my knowledge, in the hopes that people will identify with what I write and gain some kind of insight that they can use for their own lives.
I also write because it is the easiest way for me to communicate, and I want to talk to and connect with people.
Some of the articles that got a lot of favorable feedback are below. If you like them, there are plenty more where that came from throughout this website.
- What We Leave Behind, is an article about stuff. I write about stuff a lot. How do you feel about stuff? Do you have too much? Have you ever gone through a loved ones things after they have passed away? Sadly I have done this a few times. Some of my thoughts about stuff are in the article that you can read by clicking here.
- For years I thought I was a nervous person, and that was why my head shook. As I got older, people started telling me I had Parkinson’s, and I came to realize that as much as I tried to hide it, my condition was noticed by others. I am writing about my journey through my diagnosis of Cervical Dystonia, and you can read my first article by clicking here.
- Aging Gracefully, is a short series I wrote about what it means to be aging and to experience the aging of our parents. To read that article, click here.
- Politics – this is defintely a trying time. I try not to let my political persuasions show, but I do allow my Christianity to show, and my understanding of the human condition. I’ve written a couple of articles about the overall effect of our political climate. One of them is titled The New Policitally Correct, which you can read by clicking here. It applies to people from all political sides. In fact, most of the things I write are neither left nor right, but just about kindness and faith in general. To me, the most important thing for us all to do is to use empathy. We don’t always succeed, but if we continue to try, we will all become better at it. I always try to see the perspective of others, whether I agree with them or not. Do you? Another thing that is important is truth. I seek the truth and believe what is true.
Some history: In 2010, Gathering Magazine was reborn. In its past life, it was a Christian magazine founded by a friend of Dallas’ named Vivian Dugas. The magazine had been shelved, and Dallas received Vivian’s blessing to republish Gathering Magazine with a unique mission. The Mission of Gathering was to improve our community by encouraging others to serve. But, people cannot serve without information, so our mission was to spotlight nonprofits in the community to show others what is being done and how they can help, either by donating, volunteering, attending fundraisers and galas, or by finding gaps in services and starting their own nonprofits. However, our vision kept widening, and I felt motivated to continue writing devotionals and inspirational and motivational articles. As these articles have accumulated, it was time to organize them in one place under this website and to narrow down the mission and vision of Gathering Magazine to its original focus of community service and nonprofits. If you would like to read the articles on Gathering Magazine, you can find them at www.gatheringmagazine.com. We will soon begin discovering and writing about new nonprofits, so be looking for new articles in teh near future. If you know about any nonprofits that you would like to see covered, please contact us at Dallas@gatheringmagazine.com.
Remember, it’s all about love!
Dallas McGlinn, MA, LMSW
Publisher, Gathering Magazine and www.dallasmcglinn.com, Social Worker/Counselor/Administrator at Counseling Specialists LLC