Go Gently

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength. Saint Francis de Sales I started this blog to provide hope and compassion for those, like me, who emerged whole yet scarred from Adverse Childhood Experiences. Trauma leaves an indelible imprint on the souls of children. As we grow older the imprint getsContinue reading “Go Gently”

Healing Continues

No one heals herself, who wounds another. Inspired by Saint Ambrose “We are safely on the opposite shore of another Christmas.” This is the message I sent to my sister acknowledging the emotional challenges of the holiday. Christmas is a perfect storm for survivors of Adverse Childhood Experiences. Heightened expectations for family gatherings, listening toContinue reading “Healing Continues”

Humor Heals

Laugh as much as possible, always laugh. It’s the sweetest thing one can do for oneself & one’s fellow human beings. Maya Angelou I haven’t laughed enough lately. I am taking things (too) seriously; work challenges and changes, friends going through tough things, children finding their way to independence. You know, life. Life, the sourceContinue reading “Humor Heals”


Now, every time I witness a strong person, I want to know: What darkness did you conquer in your story? Mountains don’t rise without earthquakes. Katherine Mackenett Conversations at work have shifted dramatically. It may be pandemic reckoning, but I think it is more fundamental. I coach and consult in a global organization where integrationContinue reading “Integration”

Growing Through Pain

When it hurts, observe. Life is trying to teach you something. Anita Krizzan, poet I’m a survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse and a survivor of recovering from CSA’s festering wounds and their exquisite pain. Yes, recovery and healing hurts before it sets me free. The pattern in my healing journey plays out like this….I getContinue reading “Growing Through Pain”