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.
Second Chance Christmas by Lori Wilde is another superb recommendation from retired librarian extraordinaire Susan Chatfield Griswold. Isabella is fourteen and a new mother of a baby boy. Her beloved […]
The problem with Roe v. Wade was that Justice Potter Stewart’s concurring opinion wasn’t embraced by the majority. It was decided on the basis of right to privacy rather than […]
The Wedding Veil by Kristy Woodson Harvey is the most charming book I’ve read in a long time. I was introduced to her books by retired librarian extraordinaire Susan Chatfield […]
What would bring me out of retirement? John Grisham‘s sequel to The Whistler: The Judge’s List. Judge Ross Bannick was a patient stalker with a fondness for double clove hitch […]
Do you want to live? This is the quintessential question Patti Callahan dares to ask trauma survivors in Surviving Savannah. The answer makes all the difference in the quality of […]
Today is Marilyn Nally Stanton‘s first birthday in heaven. She quietly made one hell of a dent in the Universe and was the godmother for this site. She […]
What happened to Clara McBride? This is the central question in Brenda Novak‘s riveting Before We Were Strangers. When she was just five years old, her daughter Sloane overheard her parents’ […]
After watching a PBS documentary about White House photographer Pete Souza, I very much wanted to see his photos in Obama: An Intimate Portrait. This coffee table book sells for less than […]
I know where the skeletons are buried because I was the one who buried them. – Michael Cohen In Disloyal, A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to […]
This simple yet elegant recipe harkens back to the snob-central days of the Junior League in Chicago circa 1974. It is one of my favorites and one of very few […]