Reflect Thankfullness

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  Every year, a day or so before Thanksgiving, I set aside time from cooking and cleaning to write a post, and every year the topic reflects thankfulness. This year my mind has been torn between wanting to respond to several disturbing items in the news and wanting to write about being thankful. The allegations of sexual assault against


Robin Williams: Through the Darkness

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If you are having thoughts of suicide call: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255 This week we lost one of America’s favorite entertainers, Robin Williams. I always thought of him as silly, and I love when an adult can be silly. It makes everyone feel lighter, happier and able to put their own troubles aside for


Joy in the Midst of Sadness

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The holiday season is here. Everywhere you turn there are decorations, beautiful lights, Christmas music, and poinsettias. The scent of pine, cinnamon, and freshly baked cookies fill the air. It’s the one time of year that people greet strangers saying “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas.” It’s a time to feel joyful, and many of us


Editors, Writing Coaches and Annie

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Today is Annie day. It’s become my favorite day of the week. Every Wednesday at 12:30 I have a phone conference with Annie, an editor and writing coach. Each week we discuss a 5,000 word portion of my book: Say It Out Loud: Revealing and Healing the Scars of Sexual Abuse. She comments and makes suggestions on


Make Room for Joy

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The tree is standing naked in the living room; the only remains of a star studded holiday season. If I could sum up the month in one word it would be—special. Not special because the weeks surrounding Christmas are different than any other time of the year. Special in relation to past Christmases. My efforts


A Message of Hope for the Holidays

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The holidays are knocking at our door. Shopping, wrapping, decorating and baking are on my agenda each day. I can’t remember a Christmas that I have been happier. We have our health, our children are each in a good place, moving forward with their lives, and I am more in love with my husband than