Monthly Archives: July 2013

Making Sense of Preverbal Trauma

I love Dr. Perry. He is a researcher in children’s mental health and in the field of neuroscience. He’s a super advocate for abused, neglected, and traumatized kids and an educator extraordinaire. His book The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us about Loss, Love and Healing, in which he shares…

Hugged by the Universe

Brown arms encircle me and hold me in a warm embrace. Safe, I am held by all that is. I am a Sufi baby, floating like Moses toward my destiny. All that is supports me–the waves, the sun, the air, my magenta body wrap and cushiony head wrap. I drew these pastels at the beginning…

The Puppeteer and the Puppet – Reenacting Trauma

You know inside that you are great. So why do you keep doing things that undermine that greatness?  You know you deserve more, but there you are–stuck, same old same old. You know you are special and have talents to share, but again and again, accidents, assaults, injuries–for some reason, always dreams thwarted. Do you know…

Super Baby!

All survivors of infant surgery are strong. Infants who survived surgery in the pre-1987 days of no anesthesia are super strong. I know because I am one. And for so long, I thought of myself as weak. I weighed four pounds when I was operated on in 1952 for pyloric stenosis, a stomach blockage. My mother said…