So we are outside of Pittsburgh, Pa and I randomly asked a teen, “What is the biggest teen issue in this area?” Her response, “Opioids. Some many of my friends use.” I asked, “Why?” “I don’t know. There’s nothing to do. We are stuck here and I don’t know. They start. Get addicted and the treatment doesn’t help.” “What’s missing?” “I don’t know. But it … Continue reading Stories Align
I heard the train once and ran the other way. The Emmaus train has called people for years. The whistle blows through the town announcing its presence. Every hour the sound echoes through the community as if to say, “I am here. Are you ready?” In spring/summer of 2014, I heard the low sounds of whoo whoo whoo in my ears. It is … Continue reading I welcome all feelings.
There was a day. I said yes to everything. It was on automatic response. But then my son became sick, I am said NO! I mean a strong NO! A NO that people didn’t question. A NO that you knew that I wasn’t messing around. And that No has taken me to today. A me that has a backbone. A me that says I don’t … Continue reading The Power of No
Yes. I know they are out there, but where. They are hard to find right now in the chaos of life. As time ticks on, good parents seem harder to spot. Maybe they are hiding or maybe we have lost the skill to parent. Can that be possible? As a society, we have gained college skills, job skills, and some life skills, but in the … Continue reading Where have all the Parents Gone?