• agris cave, beware, boundaries, borders, fences, barbed wire
    Health,  Mental Health,  Recovery,  Self-care

    Aegris, Cave!

    Introduction Aegris, cave!   I’m hoping a few of you are familiar with the Latin language. Most of us are familiar with the phrases, “carpe diem” or “caveat emptor.” The first of these phrases, “carpe diem,” means “seize the day.” The second phrase translates to “buyer beware.”   My Latin title translates to the words, “Patients, beware!”   My Story Today’s post is somewhat dissimilar to what I usually write. Considering many of you are friends or family, I want to share with you an experience from my surgery. It is a side effect of the anesthesia used in my surgery back in March of this year.   Before my surgery, Oregon…

  • Book Review,  Child Abuse,  Memoir

    On Hearing of My Mother’s Death Six Years After It Happened, a Memoir by Lori Schafer

    The child does not question, the child believes in the supremacy and the certainty of the parent, the child trusts. The child does what she is told. ~ Lori Schafer in On Hearing of My Mother’s Death Six Years After It Happened (Kindle Loc. 456) It was the spring of 1989. I was sixteen years old, a junior in high school and an honors student. I had what every teenager wants: a stable family, a nice home in the suburbs, a great group of friends, big plans for my future, and no reason to believe that any of that would ever change. Then came my mother’s psychosis. I experienced first-hand the terror…

  • Guest Post,  Healing through Writing,  Memoir,  Writing

    Forgiveness by Susannah Birch

    Today it is my pleasure to introduce my guest, Susannah Birch. Thank you, Susannah, for sharing with my followers. In Susannah’s own words, I’m passionate about women’s rights in childbirth, support for families of those who are mentally ill and domestic abuse prevention, particularly against men and children. I’m a freelance journalist, online marketer, blogger and content creator. I am also a qualified birth doula. I’m an activist and survivor of childhood trauma & I’m currently preparing to publish my memoirs. I run a local writing group and manage the website and social media for the Toowoomba Writers’ Festival. I’m going to change the world – watch me. Join me in welcoming Susannah…