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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 […]

A Frog named Loss

I cleaned out the pond in my yard yesterday. Since I moved into this house four years ago, I have made the first weekend of May “clean the crap out of the pond” weekend. This seems reasonable; warm enough to not have to wear winter gear while playing in water, and earlier enough to deter […]

The Love of My Life

Valentine’s Day celebrates our connection to others- our partners, our family and friends. I know, it is a “Hallmark Holiday”, yet it is valuable as it reminds us not to take those we love for granted. On Valentine’s Day, we make a conscious effort to tell those in our life just how much they mean […]