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.
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 […]
Two women and two children in Tacoma, WA are alive tonight because police officer Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez sacrificed his life to keep them safe during a domestic violence call. The perpetrator […]
Pat Conroy was one of my most favorite authors. He gave voice to everyone who ever experienced abuse. Sadly, he passed away on March 4, 2016. His widow, Cassandra King, […]
Yes, I know Donald Trump didn’t actually say this in People. However, this meme very accurately captures Donald Trump’s presidential campaign strategy. After his birther bullshit trial balloon was successful, […]
My cat Bitzie thought I’d lost my damned mind last night. She doesn’t understand waiting until next year for 108 years. It takes a special kind of crazy to be […]
The Claiborne Pell Bridge is named for the guy who brought us Pell grants. It evokes memories of lazy summers spent in coastal towns and spans the Narragansett Bay in […]