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.
As we celebrate V-Day, we also mourn the wonderful people who were shot and killed during a shooting rampage at Stoneman Douglas High School a year ago today. #NeverAgain We […]
When I launched Navigating Uncharted Waters 10 years ago, I never dreamed people from all over the world would visit and subscribe. I never dreamed my posts would be picked […]
Would Washington, D.C. be different if women ran the government? This is the central premise of Nicolle Wallace‘s trilogy of political thrillers: Eighteen Acres, It’s Classified, and Madam President. Ms. […]
Bitzie captured my heart during a brutal blizzard 17 years ago. My hunch is that a “man” in her home was shooting her litter mates, and she escaped into the […]
The Rooster Bar by John Grisham is a sobering read for anyone contemplating graduate school. . .especially law school. While many aspects of the plot aren’t plausible or credible, the […]
Happy New Year from Seattle! Tim Durkan is one of my favorite photographers, and I’m thrilled to share his epic photo of the Space Needle. We are especially ecstatic this […]
“Humiliation” is a succinct explanation for the criminal behavior of wealthy, privileged, powerful, abusive men. They learn early how to humiliate and discredit people with impunity, and it makes them […]
Betty Ford had the soul of a dancer. Her refreshing and courageous candor broke down the walls of silence surrounding breast cancer and addiction. She tirelessly championed the Equal Rights […]
I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts. I want gun control. – Susan Orfanos When I heard this grief-stricken plea from the mother of Telemachus Orfanos on the news […]
I have struggled for decades to more timely identify narcissistic behavior in a relationship. This morning I had an epiphany: Narcissists are incapable of love. They crave it. They want […]