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EMOTIONAL WELLBEING

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REMEMBER RYAN WHITE?


Ryan White should have turned 40 today. But he died at age 18, after a too-short and tumultuous life in which he battled HIV and the prejudice that surrounded it – as well as the somewhat unwelcome place in the spotlight his condition thrust upon him. When White was infected with HIV from a contaminated … Continue reading

When Others Try to Control Us


It’s amazing the power one person can have over another, and how they can exercise certain levels of control over another’s emotional wellbeing. Emotions can be wrecked and hearts can be broken so easily. Over the past few weeks I have had conversations with various people who shared their observations of the inhumanity of mankind … Continue reading

9/11—REMEMBERING WHAT WE LOST, AND SEEING WHAT WE GAINED


9/11─The day that changed America forever. A new generation now exists that will never know the America that was not on constant alert for terrorist strikes or other dangers of attack. They will probably live their entire life being driven with a continual element of fear. Many would say this was the day America lost … Continue reading

Traveling in Our Destiny


Are we living with purpose? Great question, huh? But, wouldn’t it make sense to know just what our purpose is before we try to give an answer? Some are probably wondering what this has to do with our emotional wellbeing. In a word—everything. I floundered for many years, halfway knowing I had a reason for … Continue reading

When You Lose Someone You Love


There are just some dates that stick with you forever—dates you never forget, such as the birth of your child, wedding anniversaries, the day Kennedy was shot, you know the type of days. The loss of a loved one usually leaves a date indelibly imprinted in your heart’s calendar, and every year when it rolls … Continue reading

Presence of the Past – A Challenge for Survivors of Abuse


We have heard it so many times―You just have to get over the past. It’s an easy enough statement to make, but not so simple to do. For years I have stated, and even included in my book the admonition, “The past is for learning from, not living in.” But the truth is, the very … Continue reading

The Lesson of the Oak Tree―Growing in the Midst of Abuse


Recently I was taken back to the house where I lived while enduring years of spousal abuse. It’s curious how some things that mean very little to others rivet our own attention. There in the front yard stood a stately, huge oak tree. I was amazed. I kept repeating to the reporter who was interviewing … Continue reading

How Have Casey Anthony and Jaycee Dugard Affected Victims of Sexual Abuse?


I’ve been working on my second book. Sometimes things come to me in the writing process that simply cannot wait to be put between two covers. Today is one of those times. As I recollect the emotional strain an entire nation experienced while enduring the Casey Anthony trial, followed shortly by the Jaycee Dugard interview, it … Continue reading

Dealing with the Guilt of Leaving an Abusive Relationship


GUILT—What a powerful weapon when used against a victim of spouse abuse or domestic violence. It can be wielded in so many different directions. The victim must deal with the guilt of breaking up a marriage or intimate relationship, quite possibly separating a family. Children will lose time with their father. Their lifestyle will most … Continue reading

Emotional Abuse and Your Faith


As a woman of faith, and seeing so many search engine terms coming up on my blog looking for answers as to how faith and abuse possibly fit together, I simply must make some meager attempt to address this point. I was raised in the 60s, and through that time society taught the religious tenets … Continue reading

Finally! Men Are Speaking Out About Being Molested


When it’s time to revisit some issues, I am convinced one must simply face the facts that perhaps some things have changed, and it’s time to turn the prism to see another facet. Now is one of those times. We have always known there are hidden masses of adults who were victims of sexual molestation … Continue reading

Caylee Anthony – Three Years Later, the Defense Begins


It is purported that Caylee Anthony became missing on June 16, 2008. Some reports vary by as much as a week, but for the most part, reports go with the June 16 date. Here we are—the defense begins doing its job on the third anniversary of the date a precious little 2-year-old girl either came … Continue reading

Singles and Online Dating – Are You Ready for a Surprise?


Let me get this straight. I am in the middle of dinner with a widower whose deceased wife is in a locker in the basement of the hospital, and he just invited me to be his date to her funeral? This had to be a joke. I was being punked, right? Continue reading

Domestic Violence – In the Beginning: Emotional Abuse


No matter your age, as you read this blog, should you relate to any portion of it, we have something in common and are kindred spirits in a strange sort of way. The years of silence were unbearable. While keeping my mouth shut as a victim of molestation and abuse, the inner screaming was deafening—a … Continue reading

Thanking the Ones Who Helped Get Me Here…


Since my book, ORANGE BLOSSOM WISHES: Child Molested, Woman Abused – Her Victorious Journey to Freedom was released in 2008, wonder upon wonder, opportunity upon opportunity and blessing upon blessing have taken place. None of these could have transpired without the encouragement, support and work on the part of others to help make the things … Continue reading

Meditation – It’s More than a Hippie Thing


There is a new take on one of the oldest forms of improving your emotional wellbeing—meditation. For many of us the term “meditation” instantly transports us to news film footage of hippies smoking dope, dancing around like a whirling dervish with flowers in their hair, and standing with one leg pulled up to their knee, … Continue reading

Three Days Can Sure Change Things


The past three days have been quite rewarding and enlightening on my journey to bring awareness to the areas of domestic/intimate partner violence, child sex abuse and sexual assault. I decided to take three vacation days and make this Memorial Day weekend a mini-working vacation sort of blend. But, oh, the places I’ve seen. Wednesday … Continue reading

Play the Game of “Did You Ever…”


Come on, boomers. Add to this list. Make some suggestions. Recall some of the simpler and most fulfilling experiences you value from your younger days. Let’s see how many I missed! Clean Cotton – Yankee Candle Clean Cotton – it’s more than a Yankee Candle fragrance or room deodorizer scent. Thoughts of clean cotton take … Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day – From Here to Heaven Special Delivery


Here I go again, finding my emotional wellbeing taxed. Another Mother’s Day is upon us. I am a mother, and I had a mother. Rather prolific, huh? But, that’s past tense. I had a mother. She passed away three days after Mother’s Day in 1999. Life has just not been the same since then. I would think the only thing more … Continue reading

Domestic Violence – How Do We Offer Spiritual Support?


Domestic violence is no respecter of person or religion. You see, when it comes to abuse, it happens every day in the Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Catholic or Hindu home. It also occurs daily in the homes of agnostics and atheists. I suppose you could say domestic/intimate partner violence is an interfaith issue. So, what do … Continue reading

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