Category Archives: Depression

Pretending Suicide Isn’t A Problem

Victims of abuse are at higher risk. We can’t prevent suicide if we don’t talk about it. So, let’s have an honest conversation about the fact that those of us who have experienced the pain of being abandoned, abused, neglected, … Continue reading

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Pretending Suicide Isn’t A Problem Won’t Make It Go Away

Originally published by Foster Focus Magazine. Victims of abuse are at higher risk. We can’t prevent suicide if we don’t talk about it. So, let’s have an honest conversation about the fact that those of us who have experienced the … Continue reading

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Steps to spiritual maturity that sets us free

  I HATE YOU I HATE WHAT YOU’VE DONE TO ME I AM STRONGER BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU DID TO ME. The most natural human response to being abused is to hate the abuser. But hatred is like battery acid. … Continue reading

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To succeed you must belong

  Having success in relationships and overcoming hurts are inextricably tied to one’s sense of belonging and connectedness to others.  People who feel disconnected from others and as though they do not belong anywhere can easily slip into depression and … Continue reading

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The immeasurable value of a good mentor

  I was abandoned as a 6 month old, and spent the first 16 years of my life as what was referred to in the 60’s and 70’s as a “ward of the court.”  Most of those years were spent … Continue reading

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A Simpler Christmas

  Rather than going out and buying way too many gifts for kids who rip through them and look around for more, or spending way too much on gifts for people whom you don’t see the rest of the year, … Continue reading

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Turn Your Back On Me?!

  Yesterday within a matter of about 30 minutes, two different people in two different settings literally turned their back on me and walked away while I was speaking to them.  The first time, I was pointing out to someone … Continue reading

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GRIEF, LOSS, AND HOW I GOT OVER IT

  I had no idea that the blanket of sadness and depression that hung over me throughout my childhood was actually grief over the parents who didn’t want me, the caregivers who were burdened by me, the love I didn’t … Continue reading

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HIT THE RESET BUTTON …after job loss, foreclosure, or divorce…

  People are struggling all around us.  Some have lost jobs, others have closed the doors of their businesses, and still others have lost their homes.  As if that weren’t bad enough, many families have been torn apart under the … Continue reading

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GIRL UP AND SUCCEED!

  Last Saturday I attended my first Girl Up USA event. It was encouraging, inspiring, and motivating. I never realized it or thought of it this way before, but I’ve been “girling up” since I was a little girl. In … Continue reading

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