Mothers

“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but …life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez One thing in life is for certain. We all have a mother. Some mothers are wonderful; they are loving, kind, gentle and terrific role models. Some …

Family Ties – Dads

“When one has not had a good father, one must create one.” Friedrich Nietzsche Yes, it’s still summer, and I’m sharing a photo of two brothers wrestling in the snow. Why? Well, because this week’s blog is about family ties, and particularly, about fathers. These two boys happen to have a loving father. One who, because of life circumstances, has …

Beauty

“The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one’s own – even more, one’s own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.” Katherine Anne Porter Too often, in my work as both a volunteer and a professional Emotional Health & Trauma Recovery Life Coach, I find that survivors …

Friendship

“Our vulnerability is the source of our greatest power.” Janet Frood, CPCC, ORSCC Friends are treasures. Good friends are people we can count on to be there for us when times are tough or great. And we do likewise for them. Good friends know how to support us, make us laugh and sometimes cry. Good friends are priceless. Everyone deserves …

Journaling

“Writing down our stories validates our experiences, gives us confidence and reminds us that there is a reward in the struggle. It helps us feel less alone.” Cori Howard Have you ever heard a great idea and felt sure you would remember it? I sure have. What often happens? I forget. The brilliance of the idea, name, address, phone number…gone! …

HOPE – Healing Our Powerful Emotions

Emotions! We all have them. Our emotions are what make us human, and they drive every decision we make. Our emotions also impact all our relationships. Think about it. I’m in the produce section, looking at apples. What’s going on in my mind? Am I picking through them to find the reddest or greenest one, or the best shaped one? …

KINDNESS

“Just one act of kindness that you perform may turn the tide of another person’s life.” Unknown Kindness does not have a cost. Kindness does not need to take up extra time. Kindness is something almost everyone appreciates receiving, even the grumps. People who have suffered are often very aware of what kindness means, and the power it has to …

Courage

“Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace.”Amelia Earhart In the second paragraph of her Foreword in my book Let Your Light Shine! Learn how to overcome the effects of childhood abuse, Sandra Foster Kaplun, Reg. Marriage and Family Therapist, wrote: “I did not know then that this polished surface harbored a child who had been subjected to …

Healing Light vs. Abusive Darkness

“Darkness is only driven out with light, not more darkness.” Martin Luther King Jr. Why a 2nd edition of HOPE for Survivors of Childhood Abuse? Simple. It was a marketing decision. The old title did not adequately explain that I had experienced domestic abuse as well as childhood abuse. The cover artwork showed a child in a tree, and playground …

February – Month of Love

Heart-InSnow

Love comes in many forms: Agapé love; love of family, friends and animals; and, romantic love. It has been said that “love makes the world go around”. In so many ways that is true. Agapé love is what propels us to reach out to others, and to have a care for those who may be less fortunate in any way. …