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…

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…

Random Musing: Survivor

In her “Healing Thought” for today Michele Rosenthal of Heal My PTSD writes: “‘Taking back the power trauma steals from you begins with taking back your power to name yourself – not as a survivor but as something else.‘ Oh, yes! It’s time to change your label. If you couldn’t use the term ‘survivor’ to…

A Piece of Our Story: Engagement

The great thing about dogs is that they live in the moment.  They don’t spend time dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.  They engage in the here and now.  Niles has been a great example of this for me.  In his puppy way he simply follows his impulses.  One moment he could…

Random Musings: Birthdays

Two of my favorite guys had birthdays last week.  Niles turned 8 months.  Gary turned 45.  To celebrate Gary’s birthday we had dinner with friends and then went out to a show of the Upright Citizens Brigade.  The UCB show started at 9:30pm at the FynnSpace in Burlington.  Those of you who know me well…

Quick Quote: Planning

Several weeks ago Michele Rosenthal of Heal My PTSD shared this quote from Victor Hugo: He who, every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life.  I share this here because I think it is true.  During…

Random Musing: These Faces

Sometimes life is difficult, painful and just plain hard.  Other times life seems easy, synchronized and just plain fun.  I’m sure this is as true for those without PTSD as for those of us living with it.  I’ve been going through one of the difficult times.  Life feels more like a ‘slog’ than a ‘slide’. …

A Piece of My Story: Feeling

Lately I have been noticing how my body experiences emotions.  One of the (many) symptoms of PTSD is numbing.  Numbing is when feelings and emotions are pushed aside or not experienced fully.  For someone suffering from PTSD the physical experience of emotions can be scary.  For me, the physical experience of fear, anxiety and worry…

Quick Quote: Being Your Own Story

I subscribe to Michele Rosenthal’s ‘Healing Thought of the Day.’  You can find Michele’s amazing website on healing from trauma here.  Michele sends out daily healing thoughts related to trauma recovery and healing empowerment.  Last Friday ~ which was the 12th anniversary of my assault ~ her thought included this quote from Toni Morrison: “The…

Community Cares: Psychiatric Service Dog Study

In my previous post I mentioned participating in a Service Dog study with a University of Vermont graduate student.    The study is specifically focused on Psychiatric Service Dogs assisting people with mental health disorders.  It was a great privilege to lend my experience to this study.  Since being partnered with Bady my PTSD symptoms are…

Community Care: Healthy Bodies, Minds and Spirits

There are so many ways to heal from trauma.  Since starting this blog, I’ve learned about the variety of ways people find hope after experiencing a traumatic event ~ music, yoga, equine therapy, canine partnerships, recreational therapy, video games, art…. the list goes on and on.  My healing journey began in earnest when I was…