Adoption Lifebooks, Beth O’Malley & Other Stuff Not Shown in This Is Us

This Is Us. It's one of my favorite new shows. I love it for many reasons. One is because it has a main character who is an adoptee in the middle of a … [Read more...]

Mothering at the Edge of Change

I sit the edge of my bed folding socks and memories. A middle-aged mother. I am in so many kinds of transition. Some mornings, I hear her feet soft … [Read more...]

Putting resilience and resilience surveys under the microscope

“Resilience is a message of hope,” says Debbie Alleyne, a child welfare specialist at the Center for Resilient Children at Devereux Advanced … [Read more...]

Unmasking the Wounded Healer; Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Some inspiration from art and words found on You Tube today. https://youtu.be/gpaXFzLHUI0   … [Read more...]

Don’t Tell Us Marching Doesn’t Matter

 As we arrived at the Common Beth remembered summers when we stripped the girls down to diapers at the Frog Pond. I thought of the bouncy ground at … [Read more...]

The Silenced Child by Claudia Gold, MD – GEMS for Parents

After two moves in six months I am starting to read again. With vigor and passion and enthusiasm. Last night, I took about five books with me while I … [Read more...]

Carrie Fisher Was a Warrior Who Left a Paper Trail

Carrie Fisher was a force and it wasn't because of a movie role, no matter how loved it is and was. And while I'm sad and shocked that she died at … [Read more...]

Divorce During Christmas

My home was flooded just weeks before my divorce was final. The ocean spilled over the sea wall and headed down the street carrying telephone … [Read more...]

Show & Tell

Show don't tell is the first bit of advice almost every writer gets. Don't give facts if words can form an image. Don't say a song was fast-paced … [Read more...]

 Parenting with PTSD:  Breaking the Cycle without Falling Apart

This event happened on December 16, 2016 thanks to Riverside Trauma. I'm so grateful that they sought out and were interested in the perspective of a … [Read more...]