I may be dreaming, but here’s what I’m looking for

Why not? Dream a little. So maybe you can help me and I thought I’d ask you guys. I have a village that can help after all. Some of these are lofty requests, but what the hay, right? So the name of the site is emotionally naked, which means I’m going to be out with it with some requests. read more

Ride to Stop Suicide Segment on WRIC

This is a two minute video from with our interview about the Ride to Stop Suicide Poker Run. Ned Morris from the Pipehitter’s Motorcycle Club who is hosting the event and I with WRIC anchor Kerry O’Brien. See the video.

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The event is Sat, Sept 23, 9am-2pm. Register here.

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Your kids are not trophies

It’s so weird watching from my perspective now. Parents losing it over a bad call by a referee or a bad test score. That one moment is not going to define a life.

You gotta let go of the high achievement thing.

Let it go! Next week you won’t even remember that lousy call by the ref. read more

JHW Foundation and Collegiate Recovery

by Roz Watkins, Founder, JHW Foundation 

JHW Foundation was founded in memory of John Henry Watkins who died from overdoes

From Anne Moss: JHW Foundation is located in Richmond, VA and I met Roz shortly after Charles died when she asked me to lunch. That’s the first time I heard about JHW foundation. So I thought I would share the impact this organization read more

Dangling heart— #griefheart number 262

Dangling heart

When I was in Zurich this summer, I looked out my hotel window and spotted this and I immediately thought– “dangling heart.”

It feels that way sometimes. Like my heart is dangling precipitously over a giant hole and in danger of dropping into a crevice and getting buried, never to read more

I wanted to know what he was going to be

I was so curious. What would Charles become one day?

He was so quirky, funny, animated.

I struggled seeing him as an adult. But still I pondered and I wondered.

That’s what we all do, right? Wonder what our children will be one day. It’s the great reward.

When things got bad, I read more

Goodbye normal life

by Christine Dudek

I wish I had the words to describe the deadness that occupies the places in me where other things once lived – -things like humor.

It seems like I have a sense of humor at times but everything is shallow. The depth that I used to experience and feel is gone. Pain is what read more

BAAA

So Bill Maher and I did a presentation Wednesday night for parents at St. Gertrude about addiction. Bill is a nationally known addiction interventionist and he had spoken with the students earlier that day. The young ladies asked a lot of questions during Bill’s presentation. And, as Bill read more

It’s not just their recovery. It’s yours, too

This is our new war. This addiction epidemic.

Nothing makes you feel so helpless– watching your loved one self destruct. You want to fix it.  But you can’t. And you may have finally realized that.

You can’t make them choose recovery. No matter how much you want it. They have read more