Why didn’t you Tell?


The arm in this picture tells a powerful story. Why didn't you tell? Why didn't you say something? Let me have a think about it... I guess the teachers, family therapists, doctors and ICU staff don't count. Nor do the parents of friends, police officers, Health Dept. It was almost a full-time job as a... Continue Reading →

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Depression, Grief, Animals and Butterflies


I saw my bus coming, and stepped aside so an elderly woman could climb down. She paused at the door to compliment the driver on his thoughtfulness and driving ability. A conversation began between two older ladies, both of whom reiterated that he was a safe driver, steering the bus smoothly. He said goodbye to his passengers... Continue Reading →

Triggers and PTSD


We have to share with each other; it's an absolute necessity. I have seen people retreat, building a fort around their minds and hearts. I can tell you from experience, it is the absolute worst thing that you can do. I have seen brilliant people rescind mid-way through stellar careers and lives,  eaten alive by depression and the... Continue Reading →

#MeToo


I came across the following article about an exhibition of clothing that survivor's of sexual assault wore the day of the crime. It seared itself into my psyche, and whilst I found it confronting, the biggest emotion I felt was rage; unadulterated rage. Anger that the public may require visual representations to even attempt to understand what... Continue Reading →

The Last Place…


I have returned to most of the places where frightful events took place... Buildings and hospitals, houses, parks and reserves. I have stood at these scenes and wept for the girl who suffered so. I wept for what transpired. I took my power back, and incorporated that young girl  into my psyche. No more feeling discombobulated, as though I had... Continue Reading →

BraveHearts


I attended a White Balloon Day luncheon, to raise awareness and funds for Bravehearts, an Australian organization whose aim is to prevent child sexual assault. Their services include counselling for children and adult survivors, advocacy and support, an education program for children, research and lobbying, and community awareness campaigns. The more we talk and educate... Continue Reading →

Bad News, Strength, Kindness and Saying Yes


Two years ago, I met a lovely lady from England. Her voice redolent with a gentle lilt, her energy soft and assuring. We talked briefly, and then I didn't see her again. Last school holidays, she organized a picnic, sending out an open invitation. I took my daughter, and we had the best time! We... Continue Reading →

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