May 15, 2013
Facing Fear, Personal Growth, Recovery, Trauma
abuse survivor, Amanda Berry, childhood trauma, Cleveland Kidnapping, emotional strength, Facing Adversity, facing fear, Family, finding freedom, getting help, Gina DeJesus, healing, Michelle Knight, parenting, personal growth, recovery, trauma, truth
***Caution: There are graphic descriptions in this post. If you are concerned about being triggered, please do not read this.***
When the news broke of the three women in Cleveland who’d been held captive for ten years, I felt a rush of sisterhood. I was never chained in a room or beaten, so I cannot relate to these aspects of what Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, and Amanda Berry went through. Their nightmare is a unique and horrific one I cannot fully fathom. But there is much of their story I can relate to.
They have been heavy on my mind ever since the story ran, but I’ve been hesitant to write about them. I’m aware the more ‘normal’ response is shock; but I feel this kinship instead. I desperately want to be ‘normal,’ but my history has robbed me of many aspects of normal. After much reflection, I sensed a calling to share my perspective in the hopes of giving every outraged person a way to use their anger for good. More
May 2, 2013
Healing With Humor, Personal Growth, Recovery
dogs, emotional strength, Family, finding freedom, Grandpuppy, gratitude, healing, Laughing, parenting, personal growth, Transformation
I admit it…I’m a sap when it comes to dogs, and puppies easily turn me into a babbling idiot.
We had to say goodbye to our last dog, Lady, a year ago. I never thought I’d be without a dog, but we’ve needed this doggie break. We’re not sure when we’ll fill the empty nest again, but…
To my great surprise and delight, our daughter and son-in-law recently adopted a dog from the pound, and now I HAVE A GRANDPUPPY!!!
Me and Jessie -My Grandpuppy!
April 27, 2013
Alcoholic Parents, Facing Fear, Personal Growth, Recovery, Trauma
childhood trauma, emotional strength, Facing Adversity, facing fear, Family, finding freedom, Forgiveness, Forrest Gump, getting help, gratitude, healing, personal growth, Spiritual Journey, Transformation, truth
It didn’t take long for me to realize “Forrest Gump”, would become one of my favorite movies. There are so many layers of raw emotion and humanity; I glean something new each time I see it. It’s one of those rare movies that makes you laugh, cry, reflect, and quote for years to come.
From the get-go, Forrest captures the heart of anyone who’s experienced bullying. His best friend, Jenny, does her best to help him when she famously says “Run, Forrest, Run!” to escape his tormentors. Forrest takes her advice and as he struggles to run, his leg braces miraculously fall off. This is such a marvelous visual: struggling, leaving our comfort zone, shedding our shackles, and moving forward. More
April 19, 2013
Facing Fear, Trauma
Boston Bombing, emotional strength, Facing Adversity, facing fear, healing, Heroes, personal growth, trauma, truth
I’ll never profess to be a poet, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the unsung heroes of Monday’s bombing in Boston. Here’s my contribution to thank them for being examples to us all.
Sunday you were ordinary man;
Monday you were cheering, or maybe you even ran.
It’s the day you became hero, as well;
Despite danger you ran through shrapnel.
April 14, 2013
Facing Fear, Personal Growth, Recovery
emotional strength, Facing Adversity, facing fear, Family, finding freedom, Forgiveness, Forgiving My Mother, gratitude, healing, motherhood, NaNoWriMo, parenting, personal growth, Struggle to Forgive, truth
It’s been a few months since I shared the last excerpt of my NaNoWriMo novel “Letters of a Lifetime.” I recently reengaged in the editing process and am excited to continue working on my novel. Click here to read Part 1, and here to read Part 2.
We pick up where Anne just finished reading a shocking letter indicating her recently deceased mother was an unwed mother in the 1940′s.
Anne shook her head in disbelief. Who was Jack, and what became of his parents? Did they know about the baby? Did Ruth give the baby up for adoption, or did she keep it? Anne’s hunger for answers and truth intensified as she reread the letter.
She sank a little further into the couch, letting her mind wander a bit before diving into the next letter.
April 6, 2013
Personal Growth, Recovery
emotional strength, Facing Adversity, facing fear, finding freedom, getting help, healing, Kurt Cobain, Nirvana, personal growth, recovery, Suicidal, Transformation, wearing masks
While many Kurt Cobain fans are marking the 19th anniversary of his death this week, I am reminded of what a haunted and painful life he led. I’ll admit it, my fascination lies there; not in his music per se, but in his pain. He found an extraordinary way of expressing, even purging, deep emotions through music and seemingly outlandish assertions.
Pardon the language, but some of my favorite quotes are: More
March 29, 2013
My Journey with God, Personal Growth
Christ, church, Easter, Family, Spiritual Journey, Traditions
It’s Good Friday and celebrations of Christ’s resurrection are gearing up across the globe. It gives me goosebumps to think about people of all different cultures celebrating this important day together. Wow!
Easter might mean new dresses, church, and family dinner; or it could be More