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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 […]

The Super Power of Summer

Recently, I was reminiscing with friends about a group discussion I facilitated some years ago about super powers. Super Powers?  You might ask. Really? Why? Now that we are “all grown up”, we rarely take the time to let our imaginations run wild.  We are so busy planning and strategizing, paying bills, making lists and going […]