A Pit Bull, a Puppy, and a Producer: PTSD and an invitation to Judge Judy

(Note:  This post portrays a true, violent incident. If you’re not in a place to read this, please don’t.) I’ve always loved dogs. That includes pit bulls, rottweilers and every other canine creature. I’ve had several of “man’s (and Women’s) best friends” over the years. At one time I had a sweet Rottweiler. I knew she was a…

Grief in a Silk Lavender Bag

Surreal as the moon falling from the star-studded sky, so the day seemed.

Drowning in a Sea of Perspective

People worship celebrities,  rock stars and multi-millionaires. But this raw piece of life haunted me in a way that is forever imprinted on my soul. Truly, I will never be the same. Springing out of the bed one rainy Seattle Christmas day,  I drove to Starbucks to buy some lattes for my husband and me….

With Love, Your Stepmonster

You never know when the curtain of someone’s life will close. Jennifer Michehl entered my life over 20 years ago. She told me I was like the big sister she’d never had. I was honored when she frequently she said she could tell me anything. I didn’t try to fill any certain role for her –…

Wealth, Women, Wisdom and Wine: The Emptiness of Having it All

He  dripped of money to the point that people could almost smell it on him. In today’s terms, the man owned more than the King of Geeks, the creator of the most successful software company. Richer than a 7-layer chocolate Torte, the king’s palace glistened with gold, gems and more bling than a diva decorated with diamonds….

7 Things to Remember about Politically Opposite Friendships

You don’t understand how they can possibly think that way. But of course they feel the same way about you. Here are a few things to consider when navigating your friendship with people of other political slants. 1. Everyone has a unique story. Your life story is unique to you. Your friend’s story plays a powerful…

Four Years Later

Originally posted on Is Anybody REALLY Listening?:
? Four years is how long I spent in high school; it’s how long it takes to get a Bachelor’s Degree, and in four years a child ages from ten to fourteen.  Four years would be a good stint at a job, and four years of marriage gives you credibility…

Your Deepest Desire 

Be honest.  When you ponder the sweetest desires of your soul, what emerges?  When asked this question, most relationships and riches.  Some say “health,” but often only if they or their loved ones suffered profound health deficits.  What about you?  Peer into the glass doors exposing your true heart. What longings linger within?  Most answer,…

Part 2: Surviving a Violent Crime

I’m amazed that an unexpected gift resulted from surviving a violent crime. (Due to an ongoing investigation, I’m not at liberty to describe the situation  at this point.) I don’t want to make this sound like an easy journey, finished and wrapped up in a red satin Christmas bow. That’s as far from the truth…