We all need sustenance. Without it, we would not survive. And within us lives a survival instinct that tells us to eat when we are hungry and drink when we are thirsty. As a matter of fact, the longer we go without food or drink, the stronger the need grows. In the most dire circumstance, … Continue reading Hunger
There is a parable about a sower, who plants seeds on different terrains. The sower planted one set of seeds in rocky soil. Those seeds sprouted quickly, producing small vibrant plants, because of the unprepared and shallow soil. But when the sun reached its apex, bearing down its scorching, unforgiving rays, the plants withered and … Continue reading Believe and Bloom
Do you know the children's story, The Emperor's New Clothes? The story tells the tale of a vain king who surrounded himself with people who only agreed with him. Two swindlers, knowing he exclusively wore the finest cloththing, told him of this exquisite magical cloth that only the brightest, most refined and truly regal people … Continue reading Who has your ear?
Did you know that a penny placed on the railroad track will derail the entire train? I have heard this nugget of information (and believed it) for most of my youth. After all, if so many people were saying it, it had to be true... right? A very dangerous experiment, Yet kids and even adults … Continue reading Derailed
When I was 25 years old, I took an adventurous trip to Australia. I went alone, stayed for five weeks with people I had never met before and had the time of my life. On the second day there, my new friends took me hiking up a small mountain. At first glance, from the car, … Continue reading Reaching the Summit
Foxglove is a beautiful flower that graces the most cultured gardens, shaming the more demure plants with its gorgeous trumpet shaped fuschia petals. Or is It? Actually foxglove is an invasive weed whose entire structure is poisonous. Digitalis, the chemical found in foxglove can kill children, pets and even adults. Children are drawn to … Continue reading A beautiful lie
Alone I am more vulnerable, I become weak and sometimes fall. But together we are strong. When I was an investigator for child abuse and neglect, the days I got home at 9pm were more numerous than the ones that allowed me to leave at 5pm. It was a fact that I accepted. It … Continue reading Together We Are Strong