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Feeling Less Safe

Afraid is how I feel. As someone with post-traumatic stress, I’m used to being afraid. This is different. This isn’t a symptom. This is reality-based fear. This is the Maya Angelou “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time” kind of afraid. It’s based on experience and knowing. It’s more than […]

After Party Magazine: Blogger Spotlight: Cissy from Heal Write Now

This is an excerpt from an article out today in After Party magazine. Full text.  I say it often but I think it’s so important that we trauma survivors speak about our own experiences. The medical model inadvertently creates a lot of silence, shame and secrecy by stigmatizing symptoms of trauma as mental illness. Trauma is […]

Dear Tired Mom: Just Stop

I have a friend going through a rough patch. She is physically sick with a back to back virus. This is no fun for anyone but brutal for a single mother with young children. Saturday, she somehow got herself and the kids bundled up and out for a full fall day outdoors. Sunday left her utterly […]

Trauma-Informed Parenting: Supplemental Resources ( Reviewed by a Parent

Gail Kennedy, the ACEsConnection Director of Programs shared a fantastic resource with me called: Trauma-Informed Parenting: Supplemental Resources. It is available through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) . It was originally called Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma and as part of a workshop for resource parents in the child welfare system. Resource parents, I believe, […]

Parenting with PTSD: Breaking the Cycle Without Falling Apart – Event

I’m thrilled to offer a workshop in Dedham, MA through the Riverside Trauma Center in Massachusetts. It will be held in Dedham, MA and I’ll be speaking as a parent-writer-trauma survivor perspective about ACEs and parenting with post-traumatic stress. The talk, geared mostly to clinicians and social workers and I’m eager to talk about parenting […]

Mama Obama & Daddy Donald: Growing Myself Up

“And I told them, I told them that they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. And I told them that they should disregard anyone who demeans or devalues them and that they should make their voices heard in the world.” This is the part of Michelle Obama’s speech that killed me. How do […]

The Partnering for Excellence Model or Walking the Trauma-Informed Talk

I’ll admit, as an activist, I’m often in fight the system mode. I approach even do-gooders with defensiveness. Why? Because trauma survivors have not been invited to the table for decades even when it’s to have a conversation about what trauma survivors need. We need a lot because we’ve been through a lot. Many of us have […]

Svava Brooks: Survivor-Led Trauma Summit Online

Survivor-led. Free. Online summit about trauma. Any of these things would get my attention but put them all together and I’m intrigued. So when I heard that Svava Brooks is hosting an online summit about trauma recovery with over 20 guests that she’s interviewed and making the content available for free I had to know more. […]

Trauma-Informed Parenting: Supplemental Resources ( & Review

Cross-posted at ACEsConnection Network where Gail Kennedy, Director of Programs, shared this fantastic resource with me last week. It’s called: Trauma-Informed Parenting: Supplemental Resources and is available through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) . It was originally called Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma and as part of a workshop for resource parents in the child […]

Guess Who Made the Top 20 Recovery Blogs of 2016?

Got my social security statement in the mail yesterday. Not pretty. Income went up ad down and down some more. I became a stay-at-home mother, by choice. Down. I went through divorce (also a choice). It opposite of soared. Activism is not usually lucrative. Writing is not normally well-paying. But I’m freakin rich and will […]

You Can Help Survivors Book Launch

You can help. Isn’t that the best title? Today is the day Rebecca Street’s book got launched out into the world. It’s a guidebook for friends and family of survivors of sexual assault and abuse. Whaoo… Congrats to her for being so bold, hopeful and ambitious. Rebecca is a survivor who is passionate about helping people. Not […]

I Wish…

I wish I didn’t spend so much of my life as a spoon in the garbage disposal of someone’s metal machinery cycling. How many times did I get myself bent, dented and dizzied?

Choked & Soared: Speaking Publicly about Parenting After Trauma

I gave a keynote address to over 100 people. I’m not bragging. It was an epic failure and an epic triumph. And I’m still here which is something since I traveled alone, spoke in public, met new people and shared meal times with total strangers! I tackled social anxiety, figured out flights, luggage and directions. I went in […]

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