Dignity: worthy of honor

As we witness the closure of this season’s magnolia blossoms, I am reminded of one of my favorite movies, Steel Magnolias. The title borrows a term that means both femininity and fortitude, a depiction of its characters and of the word “Dignity,” meaning worthy of honor. I mention Steel Magnolias in my book in “ContemplationContinue reading “Dignity: worthy of honor”

The Attitude Influence, Part 3

Conflict is like having car problems. I don’t think anybody rejoices when their vehicle gets a flat tire, or the engine light flashes, or the GPS doesn’t work. Car problems require time, money, and patience. And so it is with relationships too. Relationships, like cars, require care and maintenance, and sometimes they need time, money,Continue reading “The Attitude Influence, Part 3”

The Attitude Influence, Part 2

I love that LeAnn talks about non-negotiables in her book. I unfortunately figured out my non-negotiables after going through a divorce. I realized after my marriage ended, that I had recognized (during my engagement) qualities in our relationship that I didn’t like. But because there were so many others that I loved and appreciated, I chalked upContinue reading “The Attitude Influence, Part 2”

The Attitude Influence, Part 1

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” —Maya Angelou I recently read The Attitude Influence by LeAnn Shaw. It’s her first book. And it’s good. I can appreciate the process she went through to give life to her thoughts, wisdom, and to her words. She talks about choosing theContinue reading “The Attitude Influence, Part 1”

Awareness Leads to Prevention

Did you know? Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18. 1 in 5 children who touches a computer will be sexually solicited online. 45% of child victims will not disclose abuse for 5 or more years.Continue reading “Awareness Leads to Prevention”

My 30-day Challenge

So, I decided if we are now on a 30-day lock down, that I would make the best of it (focus on the cans, not the cannots) and work through a 30-day challenge, starting today. I decided to focus on four areas: reading, writing, cleaning/organizing, and self-care. Maybe you’d like to join me in yourContinue reading “My 30-day Challenge”

10 Trail Tips for Collaborative Exercise

Although I want to devote much of my April blogging to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month, I also want to engage with our current COVID-19 struggle. With today’s blog, I emphasize exercise as being a big part of self-care, a critical component to overcoming any challenge or hardship.  I haveContinue reading “10 Trail Tips for Collaborative Exercise”

Collective Grief and Grit

Listen to Debby read this post by clicking play above. I experienced unemployment in my late ‘20s that forced me to sit with myself longer than I cared to. During this time, I saw a poster that I have never forgotten. It said, “In the silence of not doing, we begin to hear.” My hearingContinue reading “Collective Grief and Grit”

I Wonder…

I recently watched Crown Heights, a drama based on the true story of Colin Warner who was convicted of a murder he did not commit, resulting in 21 years behind bars, 21 years of horrific injustice, 21 years of a changed life. The story is also (and equally) about his best friend, Carl King, whoContinue reading “I Wonder…”

How are You in This New Year?

A few years ago when I was struggling to manage stress, uncertainty, and loss, I found it difficult to answer this question, “How are you?” Some days, some moments, I just wasn’t sure. To help me better identify how I was doing, I drew a stick figure, and based on the following definitions, I assignedContinue reading “How are You in This New Year?”

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