THE TRAUMA OF ME TOO

Regardless of your political affiliation or personal feelings about sexual assault victims or trauma, please consider all the people whose abuse or trauma still hides in the shadows, in their traumatized hearts and minds. You may not know you are standing next to a sexual assault victim, that you’ve known this person for decades and…

THE CASE FOR COLLEGE

Yesterday, a friend of mine was told it was time to apply for graduation for her associate’s degree. She was so happy I’m surprised she didn’t float away from jumping up and down with joy. She would be considered a non-traditional student. She has worked hard – working full-time while going to school.  Some mornings…

THE YEAR OF FEARLESS

Tomorrow is no different than today as it relates to goal-setting and self-promise making. Still, each year, people chose this day to make huge (and often unobtainable) changes in their lives. From losing weight, saving money, finding love, and a host of other well-intended resolutions, people hope that the coming year will be “their” year…

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

I remember what it was like to be so greatly affected by my surroundings, circumstances, and other people’s inability to experience happiness. I have been reminded lately that I am in charge of how I feel, I am in charge of my happiness. Being responsible for oneself seems like an easy concept, but in a…

DETOUR STITCHES AND PAIN MEDS

I am finally home after my hysterectomy and the removal of my left ovary. After 3 days in the hospital, despite their exemplary care, I was ready to come home and sleep in my recliner and have my privacy and not get woken up every few hours. I was also ready to not have to…