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.
The power of love was palpable at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: “It becomes the way you live and not just a thing you do. . […]
Anna Mae Bullock entered the world on November 26, 1939 unloved. “How did that child prevail in spite of the many strikes against her?” is answered in Tina Turner’s My […]
Have you made yourself invisible? I have. But, I didn’t realize I’d made myself invisible until I read Karen White’s The Sound of Glass the second time. I gained weight. […]
What is your super power? We all have one. When we pool our resources and talents, we can make a huge dent in preventing violence against women. This is the […]
A special shout-out to William Race, organic vintner and tech genius, for recommending Tara Westover’s memoir Educated. The book is a blend of The Glass Castle and Hillbilly Elegy with […]
Rene Renick was my mentor at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). She made it possible for this blog to thrive and grow internationally. She was a fierce […]
Assault weapons. The one common denominator in every recent shooting rampage. Did Trump mention a ban on assault weapons during his laundry list of preventative measures this country should take? […]
1001. Are you dead? Are you alive? It took less than one second for the shooting rampage perpetrator to kill or wound each of his victims in Dayton, Ohio. One […]
Why don’t you leave? Clare Mackintosh answers this question in graphic detail in her debut international bestseller I Let You Go. She also provides brilliant insights into the twisted minds […]
When you see an old woman, can you imagine her wild and crazy youth? In City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, Vivian Morris, who is in her 90s, tells the […]