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.
My nightmare began 25 years ago today. The judge, who had previously held a loaded gun to my head and said with conviction that he could kill me and “get […]
How did Hitler manage to con millions of Germans? This question has plagued me for over six decades and is echoed in my current bewilderment with Trump supporters. I found […]
Y’all know how much I love Sophie Littlefield‘s books (A Bad Day for Sorry and A Bad Day for Pretty). She’s done it again with The Dress in the Window […]
I’ve been binge-reading Julie James, and A Lot Like Love is my favorite. A close second is Practice Makes Perfect. Ms. James’ books are perfect beach reads: sizzling sex, laugh-out-loud humor, and mystery. […]
How do we end the cycle of violence? Love. Trevor Noah‘s memoir, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, is rich with humor, inspiration, wisdom and compassion. It also […]
Happy May Day! My beloved friend Marilyn Stanton celebrates May Day by distributing baskets of flowers. Alas, Spring has yet to arrive here in Seattle. May Day is also the […]
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman is my favorite World’s Best Book Club selection so far. Granny is a retired, wildly eccentric surgeon. Elsa […]
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore is the most fascinating book I’ve read in a very long time. It is a well-documented fictional account of the rivalry between Thomas […]
Carole Bayer Sager wrote the soundtrack for my life. “It’s My Turn” was my theme song for decades. “Nobody Does It Better” conjures up sizzling romantic memories from my law […]
Be kind. We’ve all been blessed with random acts of kindness from time to time. These actions cost us nothing and can make a huge difference in the lives of […]