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etc_stack12__01inline__202, The Power of HabitCharles Dugigg, author of The Power of Habit gives an example of how William James, noted American philosopher and psychologist, dealt with his depression and suicidal ideation:

Today I about touched bottom, and perceive plainly that I must face the choice with open eyes. Shall I frankly throw the moral business overboard, as one unsuited to my innate aptitudes?

James was faced with committing suicide or choosing another path. Read the rest of this entry »

So much has occurred since I last wrote  several months ago, even though I only  just published it a week or so ago.

The biggest news is that my family and I have been to Paris and back. The way things were playing havoc with my stomach, I wasn’t sure I would be able to make it, so I am very grateful I did. For those of you who don’t know, my daughter, Jenn, has been researching my father’s artwork this past year and half. It was happening at the same time that my family and I were also dealing with my cancer.

I have blogged about the trip on my father’s newly launched website, so without my going into all the details, please go to: if you’re interested in learning more about it.  One thing I will say is that discovering that my father has a place in building modern China through his architectural work was a surprise to us since we were only wanting to trace our family heritage. Read the rest of this entry »

My daughter, Jenn, visited me during the first few weeks of September. This was a big deal!

We haven’t seen each other for 9 months since I left for Bali in December of 2010. I knew this would be a transition time for her after the breakup of her last relationship. What I didn’t expect is that this time with her was also a turning point for me as well.

We’ve both changed and grown in the time that we have been apart. Seeing her again confirmed my decision to leave home, that all three of us – my son, Matthew, included – needed to separate to prepare for our next stage in life.

But, before writing about my transition during this time, I want to address what transitions mean to trauma survivors. Read the rest of this entry »

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