Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Real Story about PTSD- Groundbreaking information, Part I

Every few pages reading Dr. Bessel A. van der Kolk’s article “Beyond the Talking Cure,” tears come. He deeply understands this about trauma–our emotions, our bodies, and our senses are what record trauma, not our verbal, left brain, Broca’s area selves. I’ve chosen some quotes from the first half of the article to whet your appetite….

What you think you are painting

What you think that you are painting is often not what appears on the canvas. In 1983, I  painted a water-color self-portrait for my partner’s birthday. I thought it would be enjoyable–colorful and fun. What emerged on paper though was very different from what I had imagined. The picture was meant to be realistic and…

“Becoming Comfortable in [Our] Bodies”–Transforming PTSD

I am thrilled about the article I just read–“The Limits of Talk” by Mary Sykes Wylie, Ph.D., a senior editor of Psychotherapy Networker. She eloquently explains the evolution of the thinking of Bessel van der Kolk, psychiatrist and neurobiological researcher, regarding the nature of trauma. In his decades of experience and research, he came to the conclusion…

My Toastmasters Icebreaker Speech about Pyloric Stenosis

THE ALIVENESS OF ME The good news is that I was born a healthy 6 pound, 7 ounce baby. The bad news is that I began to lose weight. One pound. Two pounds. When I reached 4 pounds, the doctors finally got the diagnosis right: pyloric stenosis. Pyloric stenosis is a blockage between the stomach…