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.
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 […]
Porcupine, a young adult book by Meg Tilly, has been on my TBR shelf for over a decade. I bought it from her at Village Books in Bellingham, Washington over […]
Here’s the question that haunted me while writing [The Summer Hideaway] –If you’re under witness protection, how do you keep from getting attached? – Susan Wiggs Tears. You learn to […]
“Quicksand” is an apt metaphor for being in an abusive relationship. We can be so in awe of a walk on a beach that we don’t notice the quicksand until […]
Maria Shriver’s Today Show report on the Barrow Neurological Institute’s program for domestic violence survivors with traumatic brain injuries blew me away. It is the first and only program in […]