Finding Beauty in a Harsh Existence

I spent a lot of time while reading Lisa Gardner's newest book, Touch and Go, trying to figure out Libby. She was broken but she also showed a resilience and strength that surprised me, as I believe it did her kidnappers. I appreciated the glimpses of her past that we received, particularly the one below:...more
I currently have a reminder hanging on the wall of my cubicle: "Brisk, crisp, ... more

Would You Maim a Buddy?

Now, hold on. I don't mean that the way it sounds, I promise! I like to read the author's notes and acknowledgements in books and Lisa Gardner's notes for Touch and Go were fascinating. I loved finding out how many characters in the book were named after real people....more
Wow, such an interesting question! I have no idea! I think my husband would probably be into ... more

Knowing Isn't Always Enough

In Lisa Gardner's new thriller, Touch and Go, the characters really knew better than to do many of things they did. The kidnappers knew that kidnapping a whole family was wrong. Libby knew taking drugs to numb the pain wasn't a good thing. Knowing something is right isn't always enough....more
Yup, all the time. But nothing that would hurt others and certainly nothing on the scale of ... more

Pain Has a Flavor

"Here is something I learned when I was eleven years old: Pain has a flavor. The question is, what does it taste like to you?" ...more
I can't say pain has a taste for me, even though I've certainly experienced some pain in my life ... more

Dear Feminists: I'm Already a Woman in Combat

As I watched the video of General Martin Demsey announcing his endorsement of women in combat, I waited. I waited for the backlash. The backlash from the misogynistic males who already have a problem with any woman being in the service, unless she works in administration or the chow hall. The backlash from the Bible thumpers pleading that we "think of the babies" and not place their mothers in harms way. But most of all, I waited for the feminists....more
Totally agree, my friend. You made a great point, and I'm happy to read the comments here, too! ... more

The Positivity Notebook

Working through her depression, a blogger finds solace in an old habit, with a new notebook:...more
@YaelDaphnaSaar Ooh, that's a fantastic gift. Would he be embarrassed if you wrote the first ... more

The Positivity Notebook

Working through her depression, a blogger finds solace in an old habit, with a new notebook:...more
@addyeB Quotes make up so much of my notebook. Sometimes I just don't have the right words, so I ... more

The Positivity Notebook

Working through her depression, a blogger finds solace in an old habit, with a new notebook:...more
@kfgrum I tend to write in it usually when I am feeling low and then put it aside when I feel ... more

The Positivity Notebook

Working through her depression, a blogger finds solace in an old habit, with a new notebook:...more
@Susan1 I love the idea of making daily contact with someone you care about. What a great idea! ... more

The Dark Knight and PTSD

I had a date with Bruce Wayne. The husband and I finally had a chance to see The Dark Knight Rises. Our anticipation for this film had been high for quite some time, but due to the Aurora shootings, we hadn't felt comfortable seeing it. The day had come and we were ready. Tickets were purchased, seats were taken, and previews were discussed and rated. As the movie starts, so does our excitement. Then it happened; I heard a baby cry....more
You are brave, Amiyrah, for all you've done in uniform and for sharing your post. Thank you for ... more