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.
“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 […]
We often think of #MeToo as a movement for female survivors of sexual assault. This defiant and courageous #MeToo poem by the brilliant poet Robert Chancey shines a bright spotlight […]
BREATH OF A SALESMAN by Robert Chancey PART I Stop popping mints And Viagra Do not call me Sweetheart Or honey You have pestered me For too long Your need […]
Over the weekend, I had an epiphany about the myth of false allegations of sexual assault and violence against women. It springs from an encounter I had with a sportscaster […]
The Keeper of Lost Things is the most engaging book that I’ve read in a very long time. It is the debut novel for British writer Ruth Hogan. The characters […]
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) is on Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) and the NRA’s hit lists. They want her gone. North Dakota is a red state, and it would have politically […]
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony resonated with #MeToo survivors and empowered us. She is a true profile in courage. She taught us all why victims never forget and perpetrators fail […]