From Colorado Floods to Navy Yard Shooting: How to Talk to Your Kids About Our Nation’s Disasters

It’s been a rough few days. First came the anniversary of 9/11. Then the Jersey boardwalk fire on 9/13. Over the weekend, the Colorado floods raged....more

Healing unseen wounds in Mogadishu

A project to train community leaders to heal conflict-related trauma in Mogadishu, Somalia, is helping women and girls move beyond their violent experiences. ...more

IF

If...If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;...more
Hi Gina:  I have been thinking about you and hopeful that all is well and that your move went ...more

Family of Choice or Family of Origin: We ALL have a Choice in The Matter

Family of origin… the family in which a person was born. Since late 2009, I have read approximately two hundred books.  (If a person aspires to be a published author then read – read – read.)  Most readers and close friends also know I have invested hundreds (Yes, hundreds......more
 @elaineR.N. Yes we are like vacuum cleaners sucking up the negative. Laughter breaks the cycle ...more

and mom said, "I am so Glad Your Father is Dead…"

N.I.C.E.  Meet my mom. Yes, this is the woman I wrote about in my May 16, 2012 blog:Dear Mom: I Still Can't Call You on Mother's Day....or any daySimply put, memories of my mom are moreso bitter and far from all that is sweet.  (NOTE TO MOM:  It takes 2 to be in a marriage. There's enough blame to go around without placing it all on dad.)...more
 @elaineR.N.  (((((HUGS)))))  One day I am gonna be on that patio with you having that glass of ...more

Man Up Big Brother!! He's my dad too ass hole.

Truths from the ChaosTonight I slipped.That’s what I call it when I fail to find the strength to prevent the past from getting in the way of my present or future.Tonight is the 3rd time since last October I have slipped. Dammit!...more
 @TruthsfromtheChaos I went out in the car this afternoon and just listened to my brain trying ...more

Don’t Feel Sorry for Me. The Wounded Little Girl in Me is Healing

Truths from the Chaos...more
@TruthsfromtheChaos Tears are coming to my eyes because the pain you feel is felt as it flows ...more

Dear Mom: I Still Can't Call You On Mother's Day....or any day

Truths from the ChaosDear Mom, I wanted to call you for Mother’s Day. I think I look forward to the day I can call you again. (Progress.) I must admit, I wish it didn’t bother me so to think about you being asked the question, “Did you talk to your kids yesterday?” I don’t like knowing you are in such an uncomfortable situation....more
 @gab15th *smiling* This process is certainly bitter sweet.  I feel the growth happening through ...more

No Doily or Coffee Table in My Home

Truths from the ChaosToday I am back in the place where I attended third through tenth grade. It's hard to believe I have been back for two years and five months, but this process is taking much longer than any of us expected. Thankfully I have been able to maintain a comfortable level of privacy (hiding) during all of *this*.  ...more
 @SabrinaBlogs  I have been looking for this comment for the past 2 days girl!  The notification ...more

Suicide: A Child's Perspective

I was twelve when my father killed himself. That is young. That is a very impressionable age. Eighteen years later I can say that I kind of wish I never knew. I wish people had lied to me until I was older, old enough to say, “meh, really he killed himself, gee I never knew.” instead of being that young and doing every single thing wrong -- beginning the day I found out. When you are twelve you don’t fully understand loss. What you do understand is that people are suddenly really nice to you. As a kid I learned that the boy I had a crush on was nicer to me for an entire week because my dad had died. I learned that the mean girls were nice for a few days, and I learned that people around me were saying, “go easy on her, she just lost her dad.” Not every twelve year old would react like me, but my reaction? ...more
Thank you for giving fathers yet another reason to stay in their children's lives.more