The young mother of three had been coming to see me for counseling for several months when one morning she presented with eyes red from crying Her face was pulled so tight that her chin was trembling and her normal makeup was missing. I dispensed with my regular light conversation and decided to go right … Continue reading Are You the Worst Mother in the World? (heart stories #7)
During a recent Q&A session on Facebook, a reader asked me what motivated me to write books. I didn’t have a ready answer and had to look deeper into myself to see what this writing thing is all about. Remember, my book writing began almost as an accident but quickly transformed my life. Telling stories … Continue reading Why Do I Write Books? (stories with heart #6)
(Every year or so I like to share this true story, a story of when I saw myself in a mirror and didn't like what I saw.) It is easy to be deluded into thinking that you know yourself, especially at the age of fifteen. But events can suddenly thrust you into a set of … Continue reading When my prejudice was exposed (stories with heart #5)
Here’s what most people don’t understand: there are SO many children who are living lives of quiet desperation in homes that are filled with chaos and neglect.
2019 is just a few days away, and everyone is focused on making New Year's Resolutions. But before you make those resolutions, let me suggest that you get rid of these four things first: Regrets - You know all those mistakes you made in 2018? The things you should have done or said and the … Continue reading New Year, New Start
[I share the following story with permission] It is an amazing and mysterious process that brings us into contact with people who influence and affect our lives. In 1951 an illegitimate child was born that was not wanted, so the mother left her in the hospital where she was taken care of by nurses. Six weeks … Continue reading Stories With Heart (#3) – She was a long shot
Are you discouraged by your aging and aching joints? Are you depressed by those gathering wrinkles on your face? Are you afraid of growing old? Then you need to listen to 92 year old Wanda B. Goines read her poem "The Gift-Wrap & The Jewel." The Gift-Wrap & The Jewel
April 13, 2002, is a day that will forever be etched into the fabric of our family history. On that day my sister, Joy Martell Souder, lost her only child, Jennifer, when she had a freak fall while hiking with her fiancé. Since that day, life has never been the same for my sister and … Continue reading When Life Shatters Your Heart