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First Love

A few weeks ago, I received a phone call telling me that my first boyfriend had passed away. While we had not seen each other in many years, I felt overwhelmed with emotion. “How could this be?” I thought, as I worked my way through a box of tissues trying to figure out why I […]

Adult Children with Addiction, Alcoholism or Mental Illness (ACWA)

In the 1980’s, the ACOA (Adult Children OF Alcoholics) movement opened an honest dialogue of how parental addiction impacted children.  Fueled by the work of John Bradshaw and Claudia Black, the conversation expanded to include drug addiction and mental illness. The term “Dysfunctional Family” gave a collective voice to adult children who once lived with […]

The Gift of Storm Ashford

I found myself in the grocery store early this morning. I know this is simply crazy. Let me explain- for all of you who do not live in New England, there is a kind of grocery shopping frenzy that envelopes us when there is news that a snow storm is rolling in. This particular storm […]

The Impossible Relationship: When It Can’t Work Out

Note to readers: This is the first of a series on this topic. Your questions and comments can help frame the direction and focus of the coming weeks discussion as we explore this issue more in depth. Please contribute your thoughts and ideas. As always, your comments will be anonymous.   Whether it is a […]