In The Shadows & Out In The Open

In light of recent events in the (Not So) United States, I have been even more reflective than usual about the topics of privilege, bias, discrimination, and injustice lobbed toward many marginalized groups. While there are many instances of this … Continue reading

Until All Lives TRULY Matter

  Don’t tell me that ALL lives matter until they truly do. Don’t tell me that until LGBT lives matter, homeless lives matter, veteran lives matter, poor lives matter, those with mental health challenges lives matter, women’s lives matter, the … Continue reading

Defying The Grooming: Showing Up As A Rebel of Presence

Throughout our lives, we get groomed to be acceptable to others: our parents, our teachers, employers and society at large. For those with lived experience with grief, mental health challenges, chronic disease or abuse, the stakes are even higher.  We … Continue reading

About My Rose Colored Glasses: Choosing Love

A few thoughts in light of Paris, Colorado Springs, Orlando, terrorism and the outrage to come: I was asked recently why I speak so often of fostering humanity with love and seeing the humanity in each person we encounter. The … Continue reading

Unheard Scream: Medical Staff Ignorance of Trauma Costs Lives

“Beware out of the ash I rise. I embody the power of courage, the endurance of strength and the beauty of survival. I am an agent of change in a state of greater becoming”. The abuse that a survivor has … Continue reading

The Power of One – The Gifts We Give Each Other

Each of us, if we are fortunate, crosses paths with someone who holds up a mirror for us to see our true selves – magnificent and whole. The One holds in their hands our rawness, fear and pain. The One … Continue reading

PTSD And The Lasting Effects of Abuse

As many of you who have read my blog for awhile know, I am a mental health advocate, mental health 1st responder, certified peer support specialist and healing artist.  I do this work because it matters, because the work gives … Continue reading

Mental Health: Let’s Talk About It

Mental health comes with stigma.  That stigma is really ironic if you think about it.  Mental illness has been referred to as the “no casserole” disease by Pam Robinson, a psychologist and president of the Anchorage affiliate of the National … Continue reading

Creativity As Exploratory Surgery

Expression through creativity is many things: colorful, raw, poignant, a statement. Creativity is also something else: Exploratory surgery for the soul. Feeling angry? CREATE Feeling depressed? CREATE Feeling betrayed? CREATE Feeling pain? CREATE Reach inside that wound, pull out the … Continue reading

Art As Healing: The Power of Expression

Recently, a person contacted me via Facebook and asked a very potent and thoughtful question: What is your view of art as a healing medium? How did you get into Healing Art? Any books, thoughts or recommendations? This is a … Continue reading