You know the parable. The one about the lost sheep. With a little creative license, let me retell it for you. A young up and coming shepherd built a large sheep empire. Starting with a couple of sheep (a male and female to be exact) the shepherd cared tenderly for them, meeting their physical needs … Continue reading The Value of One
This past week, has been extremely stressful. I struggled under the burden of family illnesses, the declining health of beloved pets and a work week that demanded even more of me than normal. Suffice it to say, I was looking forward to this weekend! Nay! I needed this weekend! However, because I had to leave … Continue reading The Hazard Button
The Paperback has finally come out!
Eighteen months ago, I received a wake up call while vacationing at the Gulf. Everything in my world changed in an instant. A heart attack will do that to you. SInce the quadruple by-pass surgery, I began a program of healthy life style changes.. That wake-up call ( that came more like a wake-up scream) … Continue reading Sleeping My Way to the Top
What is empathy? Is it an inborn trait like personality? Or is it developed through a child's formative years. Can it be taught? Those are the questions I have been researching for the past month. Context? I wanted to find out why some social workers achieve better outcomes than others with families in crisis. In … Continue reading Empathy and Judgement: Bitter Enemies
One of the toughest jobs I ever held was that of Child Sexual Abuse Investigator. For many years, I listened,, while boys and girls of differing ages opened up to me about the theft of their innocence by a trusted adult. Exposed to the underbelly of unnatural human atrocities, my world quickly darkened. The experience … Continue reading The Last Straw
Our lives have been held captive by a hidden disease. Each day, seems to bring some terrible news into our lives. People are scared. Some people are afraid to leave their houses and walk down the street. Others avoid certain high trafficked areas. Those activities that normally bring us joy have been curtailed due to … Continue reading The Hidden Disease
The Boy in the Basement: my first novel was such a learning experience for me. Believe it or not, I worked on the manuscript for over 3 years. But, I finally completed the final chapters during self quarantine. After looking at traditional publishing avenues, I made the controversial decision to publish it through Kindle for … Continue reading Finally…The Novel!
Four months ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the first confirmed coronovirus case in the US. There are now 1.6 million confirmed cases and 97,906 deaths. The last three months, most of us have been in virtual lock down, with mandatory mask laws and recommendations to stay home. The world is opening … Continue reading Hanging on a Low Limb
In preparing for Mother's Day this year, I called my mom and asked her if she had her heart set on anything special. I wanted her to be happy and to know how much she means to me. Of course, she gave her usual answer. "I don't need anything, dear. Just to see you." I … Continue reading Love Does Hard Things