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.
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 […]
It’s wrong to do it in the streets. It’s wrong to do it in the tweets. You cannot do it on the field. You cannot do it if you’ve kneeled. […]
I am a Scots-Irish hillbilly at heart. – J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy J.D. Vance calls “bullshit” on the theory that he’s successful because he’s brilliant: People look at me, at […]
A challenging quest is a phenomenal way to transform from barely surviving to thriving and finding joy. If you are lucky, write well, and know how to promote yourself, you […]
Beatriz Williams is new to my bookshelf. Cocoa Beach is one of the most intriguing books I’ve read this summer. Ms. Williams exquisitely transitions from World War I to post-war […]
For weeks, I eagerly anticipated yesterday’s solar eclipse and prayed that our sky here in Washington State wouldn’t be overcast like it typically is when there is an exciting astronomical […]
My nightmare began 25 years ago today. The judge, who had previously held a loaded gun to my head and said with conviction that he could kill me and “get […]
How did Hitler manage to con millions of Germans? This question has plagued me for over six decades and is echoed in my current bewilderment with Trump supporters. I found […]