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.
Maria Shriver’s Today Show report on the Barrow Neurological Institute’s program for domestic violence survivors with traumatic brain injuries blew me away. It is the first and only program in […]
Activism isn’t accomplishment. Yes, it’s fun to raise hell. But, at some point, somebody needs to get the heavy lifting done. Roe v. Wade is in jeopardy tonight because Cecile […]
Shon Hopwood robbed five banks and was sentenced to federal prison. Tonight he’s the darling of 60 Minutes because he managed to leverage his worthless life into a professorship at […]
Shunning. The fear of ostracism is a powerful instrument of control and the common denominator in the lives of Caleb Stoltz and Dr. Reese Powell. Susan Wiggs brilliantly weaves together […]
In 1974, four women launched their book club by reading Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying. Forty years later the quartet improbably still meets every month. Why improbably? Sharon (Candice Bergen) […]
Buyer beware! For years, I have dreamed of having a library with matching bookcases. I chose IKEA’s Billy design because I could add bookcases as my library expands. Yesterday, I […]
In The Luckiest Girl Alive, Jessica Knoll rips off the veneer and exposes the harsh reality of women who have been raped. The PTSD episodes. The pretense that everything’s fine here. […]
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s light was snuffed out by an assassin’s bullet 50 years ago today. Yet, his inspiring words live on. These quotes are anchors of wisdom […]
Watch out, NRA! The Stoneman Douglas #NeverAgain student activists have raised over $4 million in four days. They received gifts of $500K from George and Amal Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Steven […]
Do you love your guns more than you love your grandkids? Catherine O’Connor, an alert grandmother in Everett, Washington, was concerned about her grandson. He had allegedly held up a […]