Thursday- A Little Personal – Lucy Returns

This is adorable!!

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“Hi, Boss.”

“Oh, Hi Lucy. How are you doing?”

“Just fine boss. You know Baily, and I were thinking.”

“Pretty dangerous stuff there, kiddo.”

lucy

“Okay, I was just kidding. What is on your mind?”

“You know when you are on the computer?”

“Like now?”

“Exactly.”

“What about it?”

“We have no one to play with.”

“How about the backyard?”

Lucy

“I don’t know boss. What do you Think Bailey?”

Bailey

“Why do you get me involved in your messes? The back yard is nice.”

Lucy

“She would think it was nice. I was going for more.”

“I know you were, sweetheart. Why don’t you and Bailey go out for a while and I’ll join you later.”

Bailey and Lucy

“Okay. Don’t be long. Wait. Stella is in the way.”

“For heaven’s sake, you outweigh her by 50 pounds.”

“Yeah, but she carries those knives wherever she goes.”

“Be brave buckaroo.”

Stella

“A little bit on honing on these blades and…

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Childhood Trauma Cured By Love Therapy

BAFFLED BY LOVE

Stories of the Lasting Impact of Childhood Trauma Inflicted by Loved Ones

By LAURIE KAHN

“Love is why they come to therapy

     Love is what they want

         And love is what they say is not going well for them”

The basis of this outstanding non-fiction piece of work is love. It is the core of the book; the beginning, middle and end of the story. It’s also destructive by causing deep-seated pain and suffering to children and adults of all ages. As the author, “a pioneer in the field of trauma for 30 years writes . . . therapy, at its best, is a story about the repair of love—the restoration of the capacity to love and be loved.”         Her patients, men and women of all ages, come from various occupations and situations. Each has a different trauma, needing the healing medicine of love. And each relates their childhood trauma in myriad ways.

According to author/psychotherapist, Laurie Kahn, these ‘walking wounded’ come to her looking for answers to questions many cannot even grasp. In most cases the abuses are not the violent attacks of rape (with some exception), but rather the seductive, manipulative abuse by parents, family members, priests, babysitters, a coach, teacher or friendly neighbor—the very people who should love and protect them. And in their sick or demented way many do love their victims. As difficult as recovery from violent sexual abuse is, recovering from abuse inflicted by and with love can be as bad, or worse and take longer recovery. Laurie Kahn’s clients come to her to tell their individual stories.

What I find most remarkable is that Laurie slips in flashes of her own childhood traumas throughout the book as well . . . to the reader, never her clients. As a victim of childhood abusef, I find this both fascinating and incredible. As a therapist of great repute, Laurie leads her victims to self-discovery and wellness, even those who may need years of therapy. As a victim herself, who better can understand the destruction this type of abuse causes? Surely it lies as deeply in her sub-conscious mind as her clients, which as this book shows, can be an asset for both client and therapist.

One client, Kristy, (all client names are changed) comes to see her but is so skittish that she cannot be spoken to or speak herself. Instead, she makes two yellow paper flowers and lays them side by side. This is her ‘code,’ her way of trying to open up to Laurie.

Jessica, at eighteen, tries to report her abuse to her friend’s mother, but becomes mute and faints. Later, at the hospital, a therapist treating her falls in love with and has sex with her. He meant well, though breaking the code of ethics, and married her. Jessica comes to Laurie, realizes she was used again and discovers she now has choices she can make.

Another client, Dan, must be handled with utmost care, as Dan’s emotions are mixed up and intertwined, causing him to make a play for his therapist. Laurie uses her special skills to direct his feelings in a healthy way.

Baffled by Love is an extraordinary book, in that it’s made up of true stories about real people who are healing through love therapy. Everyone who has experienced childhood abuse and trauma will benefit from this book. I did not understand why I never felt loved, even though as an adult I have a large family that deeply love me. Now I understand. Those not having been abused need to read this book in order to be on high alert for abuse done to their loved ones. This type of abuse is particularly insidious and often the blame and guilt is placed on the victim.

Laurie Kahn’s credentials and talent as a debut author equal her abilities as a psychotherapist, as her following words state so perfectly:

“Behind every first book there are angels who blow on your wings until you can fly.”

This author has her wings and then some!

Micki Peluso; author of . . . And The Whippoorwill Sang

Childhood Abuse Healed by Love Therapy

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BAFFLED BY LOVE

Stories of the Lasting Impact of Childhood Trauma Inflicted by Loved Ones

By LAURIE KAHN

“Love is why they come to therapy

     Love is what they want

         And love is what they say is not going well for them”

The basis of this outstanding non-fiction is love. It is the core of the book; the beginning, middle and end of the story. It’s also destructive by causing deep-seated pain and suffering to children and adults of all ages. The author, ‘a pioneer in the field of trauma for 30 years’ writes . . .” therapy, at its best, is a story about the repair of love—the restoration of the capacity to love and be loved.” Laurie Kahn’s patients, men and women of all ages, come from various occupations and situations. Each has a different trauma, needing the healing medicine of love. And each relates their childhood trauma in myriad ways.

According to author/psychotherapist, Laurie Kahn, these ‘walking wounded’ come to her looking for answers to questions many cannot even grasp. In most cases the abuses are not the violent attacks of rape (with some exception), but rather the seductive, manipulative abuse by parents, family members, priests, babysitters, a coach, teacher or friendly neighbor—the very people who should love and protect them. And in their sick or demented way many do love their victims. As difficult as recovery from violent sexual abuse is, recovering from abuse inflicted by and with love can be as bad, or worse and take longer recovery. Laurie Kahn’s clients come to her to tell their individual stories.

What I find most remarkable is that Laurie slips in flashes of her own childhood traumas throughout the book as well . . . to the reader, never her clients. As a victim of childhood abuse, I find this both fascinating and incredible. As a therapist of great repute, Laurie leads her victims to self-discovery and wellness, even those who may need years of therapy. As a victim herself, who better can understand the destruction this type of abuse causes? Surely it lies as deeply in her subconscious mind as her clients, which as this book shows, can be an asset for both client and therapist.

One client, Kristy, (all client names are changed) comes to therapy, but is so skittish that she cannot speak herself. Instead, she makes two yellow paper flowers and lays them side by side. This is her ‘code,’ her way of trying to open up to Laurie.

Jessica, at eighteen, tries to report her abuse to her friend’s mother, but becomes mute and faints. Later, at the hospital, a therapist treating her falls in love with and has sex with her. He meant well, though breaking the code of ethics, and married her. Jessica comes to Laurie, realizes she was used again and discovers she now has choices she can make.

Another client, Dan, must be handled with utmost care, as Dan’s emotions are mixed up and intertwined, causing him to make a play for his therapist. Laurie uses her special skills to direct his feelings in a healthy way.

Baffled by Love is an extraordinary book, in that it’s made up of true stories about real people who are healing through love therapy. Everyone who has experienced childhood abuse and trauma will benefit from this book. I did not understand why I never felt loved, even though as an adult I have a large family that deeply love me. Now I understand. Those not having been abused need to read this book in order to be on high alert for abuse done to their loved ones. This type of abuse is particularly insidious and often the blame and guilt is placed on the victim.

Laurie Kahn’s credentials and talent as a debut author equal her abilities as a renowned trainer of psychotherapists, as her following words state so perfectly:

“Behind every first book there are angels who blow on your wings until you can fly.”

This author has her wings and then some!

Micki Peluso; author of . . . And The Whippoorwill Sang

Winning Story for Tales2Inspire

INSPIRING STORY OF THE WEEK – THE GIRL WHO LOVED CHRISTMAS by Micki Peluso

INSPIRING STORY OF THE WEEK
THE GIRL WHO LOVED CHRISTMAS
by Micki Peluso

This is the inspiring story of Noelle Marie, a little girl who loved Christmas with such passion, she was convinced this holiday belonged to her. During her short life, […]

Memorial Day 2017

This is a beutiful oem which so clearly relates the sacrifices of our veterans

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Memorial Day is extravagantly celebrated as a federal holiday in the United States of America. It is observed on the last Monday of May month each year in order to commemorate all those brave men and women who died while serving in the armed force of United States. Memorial Day 2017 is on Monday, 29th of May.

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Some Gave All

I knew a man, called him Sandy Cane
Few folks even knew his name
But a hero, yes was he
Left a boy, came back a man
Still many just don’t understand
About the reasons we are free
I can’t forget the look in his eyes
Or the tears he cried

As he said these words to me

All Gave Some, Some Gave All
Some stood through for the red, white and blue
And some had to fall
And if you ever think of…

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A Puzzling Romance

This is another poem from a prompt, using the words,rubik’s cube, demonized and carrot. It turned out pretty good considering those words!!

A PUZZLING ROMANCE
Caitlin with the carrot-colored hair

Went off to visit a witch so fair.

Seeking help, her problem, profound.

The witch’s familiar was a Basset Hound!

“What? No black cat?” Caitlin asked.

“Sadly, my cat was possessed! Aghast!

A corrupt thing, most surely demonized. 

So I changed her into this hound so fine.”

“What, my sweet, might I do for you?

While cooing to her grey morning dove.

“I have looked far and wide,” the lass replied. 

But cannot find my one true love.”

The witch rose to stir her cauldron stew.

Dug deep into a magical tapestry bag,

And handed Caitlin a rubic’s cube,

Which made the lovelorn girl quite mad!

“I beseech your help and receive a toy?”

“Ah, my beauty, it will bring you joy.

For when solved, the rubic’s squares,

Will bring the one for whom you care.”

The witchcraft worked on the very first try,

As Caitlin sat alone in the park.

A handsome, dark-eyed man ambled by

And made a quizzical remark.

“Excuse me Miss,” he said, and sat

Beside her on the wooden bench.

“You seem to need a hand with that.

His eyes took in the lovely wench.

Moments passed with no retreat,

As he twisted, turned, then it was done.

The rubic’s cube was now complete.

Caitlin sighed, her heartstrings sung.


Far in the distance howled a sound

From a most special Basset Hound.

The witch pulled up her blood-red cowl

And smiled; true love once more, found.

The End

or
The Beginning

52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 48

Haddon Musings

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

Last week my son, Steve, came to visit.  Life hasn’t been easy for Steve.  He has had to wrestle with many demons and live with the consequences of losing many of those wrestling matches.  But through it all he has somehow managed to keep his magical sweet personality and loving attitude toward his family and life in general.  I am thankful that Steve keeps on fighting the good fight and I am thankful that Steve is my son.

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