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.
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 […]
Sadly, we’re at the 250K statistic of Covid-19 deaths. Most of us won’t be celebrating the holidays as we had hoped in order to keep our loved ones and ourselves […]
I’m so happy that I didn’t buy Where the Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation by Andrew Weissmann. The author portrays himself as a brilliant, ethical prosecutor. […]
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 […]