A Walk

Today Niles and I went for a walk.  I’m taking my Sabbath today, so I got up a little later than usual and Niles was crazy!  He was tackling his brother.  He was barking at dogs and people walking past the house.  He was dashing from room to room trying to anticipate my every move. …

Realizations

Last week I visited my home state of Maine and had the chance to see some family and friends.  Over lunch one friend asked me about Bady and Niles and how I am doing with my PTSD.  I shared with her some recent realizations of mine.  I’ve come to the ~ joyful ~ place of…

There is a Day

There was a day when I realized that I needed to focus more on Niles if I truly wanted him to be my Service Dog.  Maybe it was the day that Bady had trouble jumping into the SUV and he had to sit on the floor in the front passenger seat to get home.  Maybe…

Back ~ Again

Those of you who have kept ‘following’ me even though nothing has been forthcoming, thank you!  While I had good intentions over the summer, I was not able to keep up with posting or, even, my research and writing.  My Renewal Leave last summer was a gift for so many reasons.  I was able to…

Community Cares: Who’s Responsible?

I recently signed up to receive The Breathe Network’s e-newsletter.  In it I found a wonderful article by Molly Boeder Harris, founder of The Breathe Network. The article is profound on many levels and I encourage you to check it out in it’s entirety:  When The Rape Myth Is Your Reality Below I’ve excerpted one…

Peace Studies: Coming to Peace with the Past

In the Preface to Simon Wiesenthal’s The Sunflower Bonny V. Fetterman asks, “How can victims come to peace with their past, and hold on to their own humanity and morals in the process?”   As you may recall, The Sunflower is Wiesenthal’s story of life, death and survival in the Nazi concentration camps.  One day, when…

Partners in Peace

It’s been a while since I posted any pictures of my handsome German Shepherd boys, Bady and Niles. Here are two recent pictures of my partners in peace. As you can see, Niles is all grown up. He’s bigger than his big brother, but Bady can still keep up with him. Yesterday was an important…

A Piece of my Story: Presence

Yesterday’s post was meaningful to me because it was a description of an experience of being present. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder robs you of the present moment because you are constantly living in the past or planning for the future. In the moment described in yesterday’s post I was simply and fully in the present, observing…

Tuesday Training: Downpour

The gentle rain quickly turned to a downpour as I stepped from the edge of the field into the woods. The field clubhouse was a hundred feet away, but the distance seemed intractable in the pouring rain. The cloud burst had all the qualities of a brief shower that would depart as quickly as it…

Community Cares: The World Cup and Domestic Violence

Similar concerns arise around our American Super Bowl. Any time when emotions are high can be dangerous for a woman experiencing Domestic Violence. Thanks to the creators / producers of this video. Raise awareness and promote peace!

When Peace Like a River

One of my favorite “old-timey” hymns is Horatio Spafford’s “It is Well with My Soul.” When peace like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know, It is well, it is well, with my soul. I grew up singing this hymn in church…

For Peace

So, where has 2014 gone?  I’m not quite sure!  One moment it was January and now it is June.  I guess the months have been taken up with the usual busyness of life ~ work, family, pets, laundry.  In March I was asked to be co-chair of the Vermont Domestic Violence Council.  My first meeting…