My Puppy has Lyme

She and I were diagnosed around the same time. Her little heart is taxed, her hair has fallen out in patches, she has had obvious pain. The dogs sleep in the basement, their comfy spots are interchangeable; in various states of cushion.When I have a...

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A Renewed Mind

Some people say that, if someone has suffered child sexual abuse, they are damaged for life, or it's a life sentence, or they have suffered irreparable harm.It may be true in one sense, but it denies the incredible capacity and potential that we have as...

Travel Light

I was busy tying up loose ends today and packing for another trip to share my story. As I packed, I listened to an old interview, recorded when I was struggling with severe migraines.The interviewer wanted me to tell how I made it in my...

Be Present

So many of us live outside of the moment, instead of in the moment. Child sexual abuse survivors are especially prone to this. Our God given protective devices that enable us to mentally check-out during abuse can carry over into every part of life. While...

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Kicking the Vulnerable to the Curb

It happens all over the world. So, I shouldn't be surprised. Our nation has gone through stages of dehumanizing people groups before. It still seems that in these days of so-called enlightenment, we should be more civil, more compassionate, more responsive in law and policy.Rape...

I Understand

Sometimes, we just want someone to understand. We don't need platitudes or sermons. We don't want someone to fix everything. We don't even really want to commiserate. We just want someone to walk through it with.Whatever your 'it' is. Many people I know have suffered...

Carry On In Peace

Being frustrated all the time is very common in our society. Abuse survivors are numerous in our culture. We have a greater propensity toward perfectionism than that of the general population, because our sense of security and feeling in-control has been infringed upon.Everyone wants to...