Today’s New York Times challenged readers to balance the budget. When I read the dead tree version, I thought it would be too daunting of a task for a relaxing […]
Elizabeth Gilbert is the quintessenial role model for leveraging a person’s talents to learn how to survive, thrive, and find joy. When life handed her the lemons of a bitter divorce, she squeezed those lemons into the stratosphere of best-selling books. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia was on the best seller lists for over a year. She’s been on Oprah, and Julia Roberts will star in the movie. In true Pretty Woman tradition, she rescued herself before she met the charming Brazilian “prince” Felipe.
Physical abuse is no longer just about bruises and broken bones. Emotional abuse is about more than hurt feelings.
The long-term health impacts of domestic violence (DV) are being characterized as “epidemic” and a “national scourge” by Robert S. Thompson, MD, because DV affects between 25% and 54% of women in their adult lifetimes, and a disproportionate number of these women experienced physical or sexual abuse as a child. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,200 women are killed (three each day) and 2 million are injured each year from intimate partner violence (IPV). This impacts 15.5 million children.
Cobras and Pit Bulls “Why don’t you just leave?” It sounds so simple. Pack up your bags and go. My bags were packed. I was ready to go. He found […]
The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self by Julia Cameron is a fabulous book and a 12-week fantastic experience. I’ve done the course twice. At the end of my first course, the other participants created a protection circle for me. It was a life-altering experience to be in the middle of the circle surrounded by the strength of unconditional love and powerful prayers.
You may have seen Tyler Perry’s movies. You probably don’t know that his comedy comes from his efforts to lift himself up from where you are right now. Madea was his alter-ego who helped him survive, thrive, find joy, and become outrageously wealthy.
People experiencing domestic violence need to be encircled with protection.
Drue Cavanaugh is steeped in white privilege. Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner rips away that facade and exposes the empty, painful loneliness within: I’d chased after [Drue], and she’d chased after […]
On a dreary, chilly, and drippy day this week, I snuggled in with Bitzie and Elin Hilderbrand‘s latest beach book, 28 Summers. It is dedicated to the late, great Dorothea […]
We sent you out there on behalf of abolition, not women. – Theodore Weld, The Invention of Wings The rights of women were perceived to be a “paltry grievance” by […]
Today is the 15th anniversary of my abusive, tyrannical father’s death. I’ve always loved the irony that I was liberated on Bastille Day! It has taken me six years to […]
The 155th anniversary of Juneteenth seems like a good time to look back in history to when the first seeds for equality and justice were planted at Germantown, PA on […]
Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman “I’m Still Standing” is the anthem for many abusive survivors. Until I watched Rocketman this afternoon, I didn’t know that the lyric, “Looking like […]
Donald J. Trump believes Deputy National Security Adviser Dr. Victoria Coates wrote A Warning by Anonymous. She was reassigned to the Energy Department this week as part of his post-impeachment […]
Donald J. Trump brazenly declared his passion to be our nation’s first dictator. Yet, the press, government officials, and the intellectual elite didn’t take him seriously. Everyone chattered about adults […]
The power of love was palpable at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: “It becomes the way you live and not just a thing you do. . […]
Anna Mae Bullock entered the world on November 26, 1939 unloved. “How did that child prevail in spite of the many strikes against her?” is answered in Tina Turner’s My […]