Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Adventures

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written."  Melody Beattie

I love new beginnings. They hold incredible promise of adventure and fun. January 2014....it's the way I feel today. Hopeful. Excited. Eager to step out and discover new things.

Happy New Year, Guys....Here's to an awesome year. 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Twisted Innocence A True Story.

It's been a wild journey.....more than a year of investigating and researching the truth. I've met some incredible people along the way and also learned some hard lessons. Here's the video trailer. Hope you guys like it.

Friday, December 7, 2012

LIfe - The Good and Not So Good

"Each difficult moment has the potential to open my eyes and open my heart." Myla Kabat-Zinn

Not everything that happens is good but not everything that happens is bad. I used to think it was all bad but I know now....that's not right.

Life's lessons....they come packaged differently and sometimes what looks horrible can turn out pretty good and sometimes what looks amazing can turn out yuck.

I think maybe the purpose for any of it is to grow...and learn....and move forward in better ways.

I used to think when the bad stuff hit that I needed to guard my heart more....to close it from others to prevent the bad from happening again. Now I think it's better to live with it always open b/c more of the good effects get in than the bad.

Joni Erkison was a teenager when she jumped into a lake near her home and broke her neck. When her sister came to see her at the hospital, she begged her to take a razor blade and cut her wrists. "I won't feel it. Just do it." She told her. Years later her sister said she was tempted to do it but something inside wouldn't let her. She's glad now that she didn't it

Joni ended up becoming a well known artist. She paints better with her mouth than I can my two hands. She got married and had traveled all over talking with wounded soldiers and the disabled giving them hope.....and showing that even when confined to a chair, life could still be incredibly awesome.

If you're going through a bad time...hang tight. It won't last. It never does. Things change....they really do.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Dancing Softly



“We are not powerless specks of dust drifting around in the wind, blown by random destiny. We are each of us like beautiful snowflakes, unique and born for a specific purpose.”Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross, M.D.

My new book, Dancing Softly is out....available now for sale at Write2Empower or for digital download at Amazon.com  

It's a story of hope and overcoming...A story about the resilience of the human spirit and the touch of a gentle God.  

Sixteen-year-old Jamie DeSouza runs away from home to escape from years of sexual and emotional abuse. Living on the streets of Toronto, she survives the only way she knows how – by becoming tough, hard, angry...a fighter. When her freedom is taken away, Jamie finds herself locked in a psychiatric ward where she struggles to maintain hope.

Caught in the mental health system, Jamie is stripped of her dignity and even basic human rights. It’s in that dark place she learns to fight back in ways that ultimately free her. The people Jamie meets along the way teach her that dancing softly in life is far more powerful than the use of violence.

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A powerful story of hope and courage that shows us nothing is impossible to overcome….”
Melvina Walter, Executive Director of The Halton Women's Centre

“Dancing Softly is an insight into the hearts and minds of people who struggle with mental illness. I couldn’t put it down.”
Sasha Stevenson

“A great read indeed! Dancing Softly restores faith and inspires hope. Read it and know that perseverance, diligence and integrity always pay off. Dancing Softly encourages everyone to let their inner light shine. It’s a message we need to aspire to every day!” Savina Rotella

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Quiet Here

“The world is quiet here.” Lemony Snicket

I've been away from this blog for awhile but people have emailed me to let me know they're still some stopping by and reading. I hope whoever does finds courage and strength in their journey.

Anyone interested in up to date reads....feel free to pop by Gentle Recovery  or follow me on Facebook or Twitter

Stay strong okay...and never give up!!!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Same


"Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box." Italian Proverb 

I used to be intimadated by people in power - professionals who held some level of authority. I used to think I was inferior to them....that they were somehow better than me and carried all the answers. 

I don't believe that anymore. I've learned that we're all made of the same stuff. It's not about whether or not we have a degree.......or hold a position of power......or even work in a factory.....everyone's just trying to live out their best lives.  

And I've discovered people are nice or not simply because of the make-up of who they are.....not because of any position they might hold. It's those people who smile at the little guy....and hold the door open for them that's the best. Kindness outweighs power and authority. 

Those are the people who taught me to live my best life....and to give back what's been given to me. They're the ones who showed me a softer more gentle way of being in the world. 

There are amazing people everywhere.....people who are bright lights shining compassion....they stand out as a reminder that whoever we are....whatever we do.....each of us is worth the same. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Lost and Found


“When you're lost it sometimes takes a while to realize you're lost. You convince yourself you've just wandered off the path...you'll find your way back any moment. Then night falls....you still have no idea where you are. It's time to admit you've bewildered yourself so far off the path that you don't even know from which direction the sun rises anymore.” Elizabeth Gilbert

Being lost is scary...terrifying actually. I was lost a few times....once in the woods. I had my bike with me. I was alone. It had started to get dark. I remember the panic...the desperation of trying to find the way out. 

I wandered in circles....over hills, mountains, passing streams and trees...everything looking the same. Finally....I dropped my bike and took off running. In my panic.....I prayed...more like begged God to help me get out of there.  He heard. When I came across an opening that had a stream of light shining through showing the way out.....I whooped and hollered....totally relieved...totally grateful.  

Being lost isn't fun. It's scary. Frightening. I used to be lost in ways that made my world scary.  I wandered in the dark....alone....desperate to find the way out....afraid I never would. 

I drifted around going over and over the same hurtful places.  In my panic.....I prayed.....more like begged God to show me the way out. He heard. When I saw the Light illuminating the path leading out.....I was totally overwhelmed with relief, joy and gratitude. 

Being lost on your own....in the dark.....is super scary.  I've never forgotten the feeling of running scared......the panic sticking in my throat....the hope of seeing a path I thought to be the way out and then the awful let-down when I realized it led nowhere. And when I finally saw the Light showing the path out...those overwhelming feelings of relief and gratitude.... 

I won't ever forget what it felt like to be lost then found. Because of that.....I always want to shine His Light for others so they too can find their way out.