Living beyond hope

Allowing joy to reenter your heart.



My daughter is an artist 

August 2015: Last night, I was looking through my daughter's pictures on facebook, and what I saw surprised me. I saw her photos in a way I've never seen them before. It was as if I was looking at life... Continue Reading →

The motel stakeout

2015 With tears in her eyes wrapped up in a blanket. Hugging me she said, "Mom, I'm scared." Rewind. I showed the motel manager her picture, and he said he'd seen her earlier that day. After driving up and down... Continue Reading →

Must listen: Understanding (young adults)

"Letting go of the outcome." Dr. Reedy discusses issues in emerging adulthood and challenges the concept of "failure to launch." After understanding young adults through the lens of psychology, sociology, anthropology and biology, parents are encouraged to look at their... Continue Reading →

Nothing to say

A page from my journal. I guess I've been silent because, either I don't have much to say, or I just haven't felt like talking. Makes sense. And although this post may be brief... know that I am holding on,... Continue Reading →

Comic relief

A page from my journal. Sorry to go deep, but I have become increasingly aware of the casualness, and social acceptance of joke telling that reinforces the shaming of addicts and alcoholics. It may be ignorance, but that doesn't make... Continue Reading →

It’s happy

A page from my journal. It’s happy. The feeling, that is. As the mother of an addict, it can best be described as the kind of happy that can only come from experiencing the deepest heartache. With the deepest sense... Continue Reading →

A simple question

A page from my journal. I'll try to address one of the questions I would get repeatedly in her active addiction. It was one of the most painful. Even reading the question in my head while trying to formulate a... Continue Reading →

Seek the wisdom

There are things in your life that you never expect to see. Words you are never prepared to hear. Moments that can change you, ever so slightly. As a mom, I've had many such moments. Some beautifully good, others unimaginably... Continue Reading →

The ugly truth

A page from my journal. Can you guess what it is? For me, the ugly truth has been discovering that all the horrific things we've heard, read, or seen on tv or in the movies about addiction... are true. It's... Continue Reading →

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