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…

Four Pawed Friends: Trauma Dog Hawk

I subscribe to an e-mail of the K-9 Cop Magazine.   Every week or so I receive news bulletins about the great things Police K-9s have done in their communities.  Most of the bulletins are about apprehended suspects and drug busts.  I celebrate the work Police K-9s do to make our communities safe places to…

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…

Community Cares: Vermont Victim Assistance Academy

Last Thursday and Friday I attended the Vermont Victim Assistance Academy.  They offer three sessions each year and this was the one on interpersonal violence ~ specifically domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.  It was an intense and in-depth two-day training.  There were no long breaks, leisurely lunches, or getting out early at this…

Amy’s Story

This is a short version of the 45 minute documentary “Telling Amy’s Story.” For Domestic Violence Awareness Month our local community domestic violence program (Women Helping Battered Women, Burlington, VT) is offering a screening and discussion of the full length documentary. Due to other commitments I am not able to attend the screening, but I…

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…

Community Cares: NO MORE

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.  Communities throughout the country are holding speak-outs and candlelight vigils.  In Vermont there have been a couple of high profile domestic homicides in the past few months.  We remember the victims even as we pledge to work against this senseless violence so, one day, there will be NO MORE…

Tuesday Training: Fall Fun

A couple of weeks ago my mother was visiting and she attended training club with us.  She took some photos as Bady and I did our thing.  It was fun to show off and, also, to have Mum meet my Schutzhund friends. This week our training director is in Germany and I had some car…

A Piece of My Story: Migraines

I can’t recall if I’ve previously shared here about my migraines.  Either way, migraines are very much on my mind right now (no pun intended), so I feel moved to share what has been going on with me and my migraines.  In some ways I don’t want to give them the consideration of a blog…

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…