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The Gift You Offer

I honestly never thought I’d be here. I’m an artist.  A singer.  A fiction writer.  A stay-at-home mom.  Once upon a time I was a teacher.  But a “social worker”?  I never would have guessed it.   I say that...

Rainbows and Unicorns

Not so long ago, I had an uncomfortable but necessary conflict with a friend.  She pushed away my attempt to reconcile with her afterward, saying, “I guess my life just isn’t all rainbows and unicorns.”   I went away with mixed feelings....

The Family we Choose

“Sometimes the family we make for ourselves is more important than the family we are given.” Family has been the foundation of society for millennia, the source from which we draw our name, our security, our identity.  Many of us can say “I don’t know what I’d do...

Loose Threads

Earlier this month I was sitting with two friends at the Redwood kitchen table, and one of them was crying.  She’d had a hard time recently and, afraid to reach out, she had gone through it alone.  Without help and emotional support, her situation had...

Part of a Team

Ever notice how hard things are easier with support?  How impossible things become possible with a team?   This will be my third consecutive year as a member of the Redwood Paddlers Dragon Boat team.  Now competition is not really my thing, but this is...