As the middle child, I was sandwiched between my older brother (who was 2 years my elder) and my younger brother, also separated by two years. In theory, I wanted to be that lacy-dressed, Mary-Jane wearing Honey Bunch. I did want to be a princess (in my head). But seriously, there was no hope of … Continue reading What's Good for the Team?
Why are People so Messy? Have you noticed that some people appear to be happiest when they are causing chaos? I see this often when I am interacting with a large group. Whether from their own feelings of inadequacies, a place of deep sadness or whether they just want to be hurtful, some people seem … Continue reading Find Your Joy
January is Child Sex Trafficking Awareness month. Child Sex trafficking Let those words sink in for a moment. The very composition of those three words written together causes us to react in very different ways: disbelief, resignation or determination. The media portrays CST through the narrative of international intrigue. Innocent teenagers are abducted, flown to … Continue reading The Most Vulnerable Ones
Growing up in a rural Mississippi town, in the early 1960s, I had no concept of "stranger-danger". Kids played outside all day with their only parental admonition being, "you'd better be in this house when the street lights come on!" My brothers and I were part of a street pack of kids who spent each … Continue reading Sweetie-Pie
Here I am again: this is me...the Pot calling out the Kettle. Last week I wrote about loving yourself; accepting yourself; making time for the things that bring you joy. I write those things because self-care is such an important concept for those in the helping profession. Without it, we crash and burn. We leave … Continue reading The Hypocrite
Yesterday was the day. The day for introspection. On January 1st, we take a critical look at our experiences spanning the preceding 12 months. Judge and jury, we weigh the good along with the bad and all too often our focus falls on the bad... We gained weight. We didn't exercise like we should have. … Continue reading Resolute
Unpublished (c) A. Lacy 2019 I have been working on a novel for a few years. As an exercise in returning to what I love, I have picked it up again. Instead of telling myself I had no time, I am making time for something that I love, which is writing. I've included an excerpt … Continue reading The boy in the Basement