“Self” Expression and Unlosing the Self

Illustration: bravegirlsclub.com I’m drawn to this illustration today because I’m feeling the need to express my self.  “Self” as a separate word, not “myself,” and in quotation marks to denote the critical importance of the self, to help that word, that concept be unlost. My tendency to lose touch with my self is one of…

Finding A Roadmap Away from Despair

I wanted to share this link from the “Aces too High” website.  It’s a breathtakingly beautiful write-up about the power of reading and writing when you are or have been a child suffering from trauma and neglect.  The author, Joshunda Sanders, describes books about others’ healing journeys poignantly as “roadmaps away from despair.” May we…

Quick Thoughts

I took this photo in the woods near my house this week.  I’m attracted to paths…. and light….. An entire month has passed since I’ve posted anything on this site, which is the longest gap there’s been for some time.  I’m still writing though.  And reading.  And healing. I’ve just put up a new post…

We need to understand how to provide trauma-informed care

I’m sharing a link to this article titled “We need to understand how to provide trauma-informed care.”  It’s a very simple, short, well-written piece dealing with problems treating children who have a trauma history, in the care services. I think that everything the author writes about children could also be applied to adults with a…

Seasons in Life and Recovery

For writers and “recoverers,” I’m sharing some beautiful writing by Laura McKowen about her life journey and journey of recovery from alcohol addiction.  I love that she touches on loneliness, something I can relate to very much in my own life and feel shame about, and mental health and financial crises.  The poetry she refers…

This is Why I Read

I love you.  You are held.  There is no emptiness surrounding you.  Only words and music and angels.     – Glennon Doyle Melton Glennon Doyle Melton has hit it out of the park, again.  I can’t love this woman enough.  On top of everything going on in her own life and everything else that she does,…

On Becoming New, Feeling Afraid and Standing Tall

Glennon Doyle Melton is the author of Carry on Warrior:  The Power of Embracing your Messy, Beautiful Life.  The book is comprised of Glennon’s extremely revealing, open, honest and humble personal essays in which she works — and I mean works — through her struggles and weaknesses with parenting and other aspects of her personal…

Stopping Addictive Behaviours: I Say “Yes” to Me and Then I Listen.

Words of wisdom from Laura McKowen (www.lauramckowen.com and on Facebook) “Maybe you didn’t get addicted to drinking booze, or taking pills, or trying to go unconscious night after night.  Maybe your thing is chasing love, or sex, or keeping your body very small.  Maybe you don’t have a thing, but you still feel a deadness…

Quick Thoughts

When I reflect on the past few weeks, I can see that I’ve been getting busy!  Here are a few of the things I’ve been up to: Joymeter: 75 Days of Summer:  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the past three weeks have seen a marked increase in my activities.  It’s summer, of course,…

The Impact of Adverse Experiences in Childhood on Overall Health as an Adult

I feel passionate about writing this post today, which is mainly about sharing another writer’s blog post.  Christine Cissy White (“Cissy”) has written a clear and compelling essay about something many adults who experienced childhood abuse already know: the fall-out from childhood trauma can cause a myriad of health problems in adults.  Cissy goes further:…

How Do You Get There?

Although not about ptsd or mental health issues specifically, I love this simple post and drawing about moving forward in life that I stumbled upon this morning. And I fell in love with the blog, too, “I am Pam.”  Pam seems to be a beautiful soul, a textile artist who travels the world appreciating the…

When Life is a Detour

Amy Oestreicher suffered sexual abuse by a trusted mentor followed by severe medical issues.  In this Tedx Talk, she speaks about finding flowers on the detours of life.  Her story is very sad, but I found some solace and inspiration in her spirit, and in the “flowers” she has collected on her journey.  xo Annie….