Widowhood and the Walk of the Empath

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt3Ggo1CE3g I walk, every day now. As I've written about before, I started on a journey to improve my health a little over a year ago. During my walks, I listen to a great deal of music. Lyrics are profoundly important to me, and it results in my crossing genres I might not normally enjoy,… Continue reading Widowhood and the Walk of the Empath

You Get a Job, Everybody Gets a Job!

My youngest landed her first part-time job in retail. Her first week is going by, but as it does, we are learning about how Autism, anxiety and other developmental disabilities can interject and affect the process. My son, who is now 24, is doing well in his second job, but he still has issues related… Continue reading You Get a Job, Everybody Gets a Job!

The Triggers of Time

I saw a beautiful post on Facebook this morning while sipping my coffee. I found it here. It is a beautiful testament to the unreplaceable bond that children have with their fathers. Now, don't get me wrong. I know it's the 21st century and there are now, and have always been, plenty of mothers, siblings,… Continue reading The Triggers of Time

The Introverted Extrovert

A few attributes that describe an introvert. Being around people makes you feel drained. You have a small group of close friends. You enjoy solitude. When I was much younger, I was THE party girl. Never home, getting into trouble constantly for staying out too late and fibbing about why, going from party to party… Continue reading The Introverted Extrovert

Not Everything is About You (or me in this case)

Meme that states, "Contrary to what you believe, not everything is about you" Several years ago, when the loss of so many around me was still fresh and raw, I saw a Facebook post that upset me to no end. It was a local county law enforcement group that kept the general public informed about… Continue reading Not Everything is About You (or me in this case)

This Post Will Make You Uncomfortable: I Should Know

Trigger Warning: Domestic violence, description of violence, both physical and verbal Meme that states: More people are concerned with why women stay in abusive relationships than why men are abusing women. There are many different types of abuse in this world. It varies by culture, social class, age, societal norms, and is not limited by… Continue reading This Post Will Make You Uncomfortable: I Should Know

The Many Mom Shaming Moments

Try to picture the scene. It's the middle of September in 2001. The country is still obviously reeling from the attacks on the country. There is still a bit of fear and tension in the air about crowds and such. My son was four years old at the time and with his Autism, ADHD and… Continue reading The Many Mom Shaming Moments

Groundbreaking Breakthroughs

I'll admit that many a blog post begins with a meme that sparks an idea. Memes are what they are, but to many, they can show up at just the right time and their meanings individualistic and sometimes inspiring to those who gaze upon them. This was one of them. Oftentimes I look around me… Continue reading Groundbreaking Breakthroughs

The Ghost of Mother’s Past

After a staggering eight years of regular therapy, you move on from the misery of analyzing your late, abusive husband and you start to explore other areas of your life. For quite a long time, until I was into my 40s, I always believed what my mother and her family told me: I was bad,… Continue reading The Ghost of Mother’s Past

Crack in the Castle

I recall a time when I was sitting in my former home after the loss of my husband and both parents. I was now a widow, with two children who are living with Autism. I was a stay-at-home mom, living in a home that had been flooded three times, including this moment I'm recalling. I… Continue reading Crack in the Castle