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.
Twenty years before #MeToo, Eve Ensler broke down the silence on violence against women on V-Day, 1998 with the first production of The Vagina Monologues. It has evolved into a […]
Rosie the Riveter has been a feminist icon since World War II. Naomi Parker Fraley, the woman credited with being the inspiration for the poster, died in Longview, Washington on […]
Katy Tur was living the lush life in London and working as a foreign correspondent for NBC. She was in love with Benoît, who lived in Paris. They were planning […]
It’s the civics lesson we all should have gotten in school. Nobody would allow these White House officials with their potty mouths to join their children for dinner. I had […]
The holidays can be brutal for those experiencing a painful loss. Former Vice President Joe Biden has walked in your shoes. He has remarkable empathy, strength, courage, faith, and love […]
When the allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) first surfaced, I was outraged and felt betrayed. As the story unfolded, however, I will confess that […]
The trouble with drowning in the mess of your own life is that you’re not in any shape to save anyone else. You can’t be a lighthouse when you’re underwater […]
A Private Family Matter by Victor Rivas Rivers is by far my favorite survivor memoir. He was in Everett, Washington on Thursday to be the keynote speaker at the Hope […]
I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd Amendment my whole life. Until the events of last night. I can’t express how wrong I was. Caleb Keeter on Twitter Let’s take […]
Which is better? The book or the movie? Our Souls at Night has been promoted by Netflix as the 50th anniversary edition of Barefoot in the Park for 70-something old […]