Monthly Archives: June 2012

June 27th was National PTSD Awareness Day!

Rather than post this piece last Wednesday on National PTSD Awareness Day, I wanted to leave Melissa Matheney’s powerful story, One Person Can Make a Difference, front and center for a few more days. I am so grateful to know her and be able to share her work. Moving on, in the spirit of PTSD…

One Person Can Make a World of Difference

The following piece was written by Melissa Matheney, a student this past semester in my literature class at the College of Alameda. She is using writing as a tool of healing herself and others. I have learned so much from reading her words. She is an insightful writer who tells it straight. A very brave…

Pyloric Stenosis: The Real Cause

I don’t know where to begin. I just found out that I may not have needed the surgery I underwent at three weeks old–a surgery that not only stressed our family to the max, but also caused me much suffering at the time of the operation, in recovery, and over the course of my life….

In the Land of Hypervigilance

I have lived a life that is very different from what most people must experience. I have lived in the Land of Hypervigilance. Each morning shortly after waking, I do stretches that an osteopath taught me. These movements manage a painful hip that cries out when under stress. Yesterday lying on my back, having finished…

A Prayer and A Poem

I just turned in the grades for the four English classes I have taught this spring at the College of Alameda. It’s a great feeling. I’ve done my best and learned a lot. Now, I’m retired, turning a page. Here’s a recent journal entry dated May 21 that speaks to where I am spiritually and…