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Originally posted December 2011 Every December my family spends an evening eating out together and then each person chooses a new Christmas ornament for our tree. It’s something we have done for years. Each ornament is marked with the person’s name and the year. We have also marked every other ornament on the tree with the person who gave it to us and the year it was received. Our Christmas tree is full of people and memories. Pulling them out […]


When The Crap Hits the Crap-Covered Fan

Originally posted November 2, 2012   Yeah, that’s my Halloween costume. Mostly. I have found myself, lately, facing several difficult things coming from of couple of different directions.  It’s what many of us like to call:  life.  I have also noticed how these perfect storms can trigger my depression.  I start to move less.  I feel sullen.  I find myself using words like “sullen.”  I start over-using the “flexitarian” in “vegan freegan flexitarian.”  Especially when it involves cookies.  And Dr. […]


I Am Not A Raisin!

Originally posted October 22, 2012   For those of you who are muddling through some tough days, remember that there are seasons.  You have survived others.  You will survive this one.  You are doing such a great job!  You will thrive.  I will thrive.  We will thrive.  Peace, love and Happy Monday!   “I know we’ll be just fine when we learn to love the ride.” – Tim deLaughter “You have to love the hell that you’re in before you […]


Nothing’s Fine, I’m Torn

Originally posted June 15, 2012   We have a theme in the house lately. Big feelings are coming out in tears.  As in tearing things … not crying.  Rips.  Sometimes when one child expresses their pain in a unique way, another will pick up on it and join them.  So, just today I have seen torn fabric twice.  Two different kids.  Two different situations.  Both representative of what they’re feeling. Over the last several weeks we watched a gaping hole […]


Empathy Instead of Angry

“It’s very hard to be empathic and murderously angry at the same time.” – Hope Stedman (ThirtySomething)


They Never Factored In Your Family

“Our NC neuropsych office reminded us often that while our son has a profile similar to an early Hitler, Manson type person … it is the same beginnings of Helen Keller.  How we respond, where we are willing to meet him at – makes all the difference. I will never forget the day the Psych put his hands on the table and leaned in to me sitting there softly crying … he said, ‘The statistics are stacked against him. The odds of him overcoming […]


I Feel Happy Of Myself!

If this little guy doesn’t encourage you … you’re dead inside. Whatever you are trying to tackle, whether it’s riding a bike or taking better care of yourself or being therapeutic … “Everybody, I know you can believe in yourself!” “You just keep practicing! You will get the hang of it, I know it!” “And then you can get better and better at it if you do it!” “Thumbs up, everybody, for rock and roll!” Words. to. live. by.  


The Small Victories Are Huge

photo by Jose Bernalte, used with permission The following email is from a family I have coached.  We hadn’t talked in awhile, and it was a pleasant surprise to see their name show up in my inbox back in 2012. Healing is slow and takes patience.  Sometimes that isn’t just referring to our kids, but actually referring to us as parents.  It was such a thrill to hear from them, and read their excitement. I love a million things about this […]

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Waiting It Out

Originally posted on March 29, 2012, just after I was in a very scary car accident We do our best to keep our lives as simple and stress-free as possible. That makes us all happier, healthier and a million times more fun! Yet, stink-a-muck if life doesn’t just happen anyway. Last week we had some life happen. Outside of our control. It complicated our schedules. It added some fear to some of our kids who already struggle with those feelings. […]


The Power of Touch

Originally posted on February 20, 2012 A long time ago I heard someone say, “There’s no such thing as sidewalk rage.” You separate people in cars, and they are disconnected and anger is fueled instead of squashed. The same thing happens online. On email. On FaceBook. On Twitter. There is a disconnect that can be fatal to a positive interaction. On a sidewalk, however … you bump into someone and there is a connection. Immediate feedback. Reminder of the humanness […]


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