Elderly woman hugging young boy.

Isolation is the most disabling experience

When I was in my early 20s, I broke my ankle which required surgery. For the next six weeks I was housebound because I was unable to drive. If it hadn’t been for family and friends who carted me around during this time, I would have experienced isolation from the world. From young to old, […]

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What dreams will you manifest in 2019?

Endings and beginnings offer opportunities. As you close the books on 2018 and begin your journey into 2019, what vision are you walking towards? Below is a story of the history of dream catchers, as shared from the Akta Lakota Museum Cultural Center. What dreams do you need to listen and pursue more diligently and […]

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God’s foolishness in waiting for you

I attended Christmas Eve Mass with my neighbor, Wendy. As we chatted on the car ride, my phone rang. Despite the Scam label, I answered and heard a smooth voice from the St. Mary’s Prayer Center asking me if I was in urgent need of prayer. Although I was, I clicked the phone off knowing […]

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What do you do to care for yourself?

I won’t ask you about your “triggers” or how you’re coping or what coping skills you’re using. I won’t ask you because I’ve heard feedback from people who have participated in treatment programs  how unhelpful those phrases are. The first time I heard this feedback it stirred up curiosity as it is fundamental to training […]

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Do you feel like you’re being tested?

Below is a piece I wrote a few years ago when I took a class through Mary Anne Em Radmacher. She is most famous for a quote that says: “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying I will try again tomorrow.” I took her on-line […]

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Inches and seconds may be the only intervention

For the past month,  I’ve been co-facilitating a free weekly support group for people who were affected by last year’s Hurricane Harvey. Group members recount stories of how they were rescued and the achingly slow process of rebuilding their homes because of bureaucratic red tape. The purpose of the support group is to help participants […]

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Finding a life worth living

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. If you are or you believe someone is at risk of dying by suicide, please dial 911 or the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255. Special note: This is a story I wrote several years ago before I entered the field of mental health and didn’t know the symptoms of […]

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Have you forgiven or forgotten it?

You had a disagreement with another person and in your mind you forgave. You were able to forgive them because you ended your relationship with them. But did you really forgive them or did you just forget them? The answer to that question will be revealed next time you unexpectedly run into them in a […]

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