Stories of Triumph Over Trauma

Surviving trauma Over the past week or so, many of us have wondered aloud how will those traumatized by the latest mass shooting survive? How will their day to day lives change? Will they be able to move on from their personal trauma? With 24-hour news media coverage we are able to witness the grief...
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Brooke Shields: A Little Girl All Grown Up Who Doesn’t Want To Be A Victim

 Brooke Shields at Naval Air Station, Pensacola in 1986. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There was a little girl, Who had a little curl, Right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, She was very good indeed, But when she was bad she was horrid.  ……….Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Brooke Shields was the little girl…...
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Pat O’Brien Pens A Memoir And Reminds His Son: “This Is Who Your Daddy Is…”

Hearing a voice from your past… It’s interesting how you can be awakened by the sound of a certain voice. It might be that of your spouse, your partner, your child, maybe your parent or roommate…or even that of a television personality. Our associate shared that yesterday she awoke to a familiar voice that brought...
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field during sunset or sunrise - as I lay dying

Travel Along From “As I Lay Dying” To Cottonwood’s Family Program

‘One morning – it was November then, five months since it started – Jewel was not in bed and he didn’t join us in the field. That was the first time ma learned anything about what had been going on.  She sent Vardaman down to find where Jewel was, and after a while she came...
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“Doctor Sleep” Even The Most Damaged People Can Rebuild Their Lives

Stephen King at the Harvard Book Store. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A trip to the bookstore… Just the other day one of our associates mentioned that she and her son stopped in a bookstore to browse and buy a couple of classic fictional works to read. She related that as they wandered through the store they...
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ALMOST ANOREXIC: A New Book About The Eating Disorder ‘Gray Area’

Summer is almost over… In case it has not dawned on you, summer is almost over and this coming weekend we’ll be celebrating Labor Day 2013. Hard to believe, don’t you agree?  One way to know for sure that summer is coming to an end is by tuning into a television show and realizing that most of...
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“A Street Cat Named Bob” Has Arrived In America

Scarf cat aka A Street Cat named Bob! (Photo credit: Moff) “A Street Cat Named Bob” has arrived in America It’s true, just last week on July 30th, bookstores in the United States stocked the shelves with the bestselling book “A Street Cat Named Bob.”  You should know “A Street Cat Named Bob” was published in March...
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“Double Double” Mother And Son Recall Their Descent Into Alcoholism And Their Own Recovery

Making a Summer Reading list… Do you remember when you were in grammar school, middle school, or high school and a teacher would send you home for Summer vacation season with a “Summer Reading List?” For some students the list was welcomed, for others it would be a source of angst perhaps because they did not...
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Obsessed: Mika Brzezinski Writes About Food Addiction ~ Particularly Her Own

Do you fall asleep with your television on? This might sound like a odd question, but the National Sleep Foundation reported in 2011 that “about two-thirds of baby boomers (67%) and generation X’ers (63%) and half of generation Z’ers (50%) and generation Y’ers (49%) watch television every night or almost every night within the hour...
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“HOOKED: When Addiction Hits Home” ~ A Book For Those 12 And Older

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller The feeling of being alone, experiencing something that no one else could possibly understand, believing there is no person you can share your “story” with…this is how a young child may feel when they live with someone who suffers from addiction....
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