As I listen to the commentary and interviews in broadcast media and read op-ed pieces about the recent stabbings and shootings, I struggle to accept the truth: there but for some sort of grace goes my family. We could have been chasing after my mother on a paranoid spree of violence. We could any day be the victims of someone else’s unstable loved one. So could you. How do we face such a threat? How do we diffuse the ill, who are so often victims themselves.
Fostering a dog can be scary. When you welcome the dog, you also welcome the tiny creatures stowed away inside, warriors in a Trojan Horse. Rescue dogs are often so stressed and malnourished that their immune […]
you’re between the ages of 15 and 85 and feel you’re in your prime dog-rearing years. you think soccermoms and helicopter parents who put their children first are slackers. you’re more on top of your […]
Comparison is the death of joy. –Mark Twain A lot has been said about the potential for suffering when comparing yourself to your friends on Facebook—they seem to be happy, successful, living […]
I’m watching this tv series called River, in which the title character is a police detective in England who has this rather large problem: he sees people who aren’t there and has […]
I wrote this post a year ago for someone I love who was suffering from depression. Having suffered from it too, I asked myself to come up with the top five things that most […]
By Susan Lilley Although this post appeared last year on this auspicious day, I still stand by this sage (if I say so myself) advice! Hope it helps the desperate, the damned, and […]
I’ve found it to be true you’re only as sick as your secrets. But, really, as memoirists, are we to have none?
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” ~ Plato I’m not saying my mother is a fool, but when I […]
Whether you’re driving or flying, don’t overschedule the amount of time you’ll spend at “home” (which won’t be home for you anymore, but it’ll be home for some of your family and […]