Beach-combing Artist

Everything you see in this ‘painting’ comes from the beach here at Seaside Park. It’s September, and the leaves are starting to fall. This picture captures the changing season. The colors are going from blue and green to gold and silver. This picture I made on the day my daughter’s divorce became official. I was … Continue reading

Stage Two Recovery in ACA

Stage Two Recovery in ACA

Hello Everybody! It’s been a LONG time since I’ve been a presence on my own blog. However, it’s harvest time, and there are important things to share. I know I need to smile more, but that’s really hard to do because I freeze up in front of the camera. This is a follow up to … Continue reading

END of LIFE Doula Training- Boston, MA

END of LIFE Doula Training- Boston, MA

I attended an end of life doula training in Boston, June 23-25, 2017. We were led by Henry Fersko-Weiss, LCSW, executive director of INELDA (International End of Life Doula Association, www.inelda.org) and author of Caring for the Dying – The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death. These are my notes looking back: I didn’t think much before … Continue reading

I’m An Adult Child – part 1

I’m An Adult Child – part 1

Living life from a basis of fear Comparing myself to others Never thinking it was safe to play Surrounded by people who didn’t respect me or treat me well Afraid of authority figures and tending to isolate myself Frightened by angry people and any personal criticism Feeling overly responsible for others as a way to … Continue reading

Adult Children

Adult Children

ACA is a 12-Step program for Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families. I joined a local group in January 2016. We meet once a week for about 75 minutes, and we’re all women.  When I first walked in, I felt I was home. Part of it was the warmth of the room’s furnishings: sofas, big comfy … Continue reading