Forgiveness: Clearing Out Emotional Clutter

Forgiveness is one of the most powerful practices we can embrace in order to live with an open and loving heart.  Forgiveness is an often misunderstood concept and as a result, can be difficult to apply in our lives.What is forgiveness?  Here is what it is not.  It is not deciding that what someone has done to you is acceptable.  This misunderstanding about forgiveness acts as an obstacle in our attempt to forgive others.  We know that what someone has done to us is not OK and as a result we are not interested in forgiving that person....more
Those darn hippies - he made me roll my eyes, but he really had a lot of wise things to say. Why ...more

Bat Shit Crazy - The Road to Healing

When was the last time you went "bat shit" crazy for someone? What did you do? Go into stalker mode? (Not hard to do with social media.) Key someone's car? Pee on your ex's personal belongings?...more
Those are wise advice, I agree with you.more

#60 Days of Faith, Hope, and Love

When I found out that Healing is the theme for Blogher’s September NaBloPoMo, I knew I had to join.Right now, I am in need of healing from the biggest heartbreak I’ve ever faced.You see, on Sunday, September 7th it will have been 60 days since I last saw my stepson Ryan’s beautiful smile....more
LilyLeung Thank you so much Lily.  I so appreciate your comment.  We are still taking things day ...more

To Heal

 In scripture He is called the "Great Physician" but most days I just need a masterminded surgeon. Let me tell you about a decubitus ulcer, they are gross. They are caused by skin breakdown , weak cells, they often can get right down to bone, infection filled, painful ulcers. Worse case the infection gets into your blood stream and you go septic or you loose an extremetie or even worse death if severe and untreated....more

Not Quite Healed: Repost from Celibacy Diaries

This is a repost from my blog: Celibacy Diaries. I wrote this after listening to two conference calls on Monday, July 30, 2014,  about celibacy, dating, and relationships. ...more

Engaged people at book talk on sexual abuse in Chicago

 My signing and talk about my book, Enfolded in Silence/A Story in Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma in Childhood, happened last weekend in Chicago. People who came were very responsive and asked good questions. They also shared their experiences. They said it was helpful. That is very redeeming for me. Sharing my story takes a lot of energy (although it gives me energy, too), and I am recouping this week. ...more

Reviewing Finding Me by Michele Knight

 I just finished reading Michele Knight's book , Finding Me, about her survival from 11 years of rape and torture in captivity. Her voice is very direct and clear. She descibes her abuse but leaves some things private, which I applaud her for doing.  She lets us know some of how she struggled and survived. Her abuse was horrendous beyond imagining. She needed to tell her story and I am glad she did. Her determination to live was heroic. She has all my admiration and support. At first, I was concerned that she has apparently had no therapy work on her torment....more

Another Book Signing and Talk in PA today.

Today I met with the staff of an organization that helps survivors of sexual abuse and educates the public. I read some poems, showed the paintings and gave a talk from my book Enfolded in Silence/A Story in Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma in Childhood (  I talked about how you heal from child sexual abuse. It was well recieved and I may do more work for their organization in the future. Doing this kind of thing is so rewarding for me. I want to give back the healing I have been given.  More book signings coming up this summer....more

June is PTSD Month /EMDR, an effective treatment for PTSD in sexual abuse survivors

 from my book, Enfolded in Silence/A Story in Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma in Childhood ( :...more
Barbarahughes Dr E Agreed.  I guess I view staying the Captain of our own Soul meaning for me, ...more