Called Out From The Comfort of Certainty

I grew up in a black and white world. There was truth and there was deception; there was right and there was wrong. We knew the truth about salvation, righteousness, and sin. There was no room for questions because all of the answers had been found.  I attended various denominations throughout my life. But the … Continue reading Called Out From The Comfort of Certainty

November Reads

Okay! Back on time with alllllll of the books that I read in November. As always, if you've read any of these books feel free to leave me a comment and let me know your own thoughts! The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens (Finished November 1) I seem to be getting back into classics, … Continue reading November Reads

The Skewed Reality of Family & Faith

“Charles sat quietly while I talked and didn’t say anything for a long time after. Then he said, “Are you angry that your parents didn’t put you in school?” “It was an advantage!” I said, half-shouting. My response was instinctive. It was like hearing a phrase from a catchy song: I couldn’t stop myself from … Continue reading The Skewed Reality of Family & Faith

Therapy Is Always A Good Choice

In honour of National Mental Health Day, I thought today might be a good one to talk a little bit about my journey with therapy. I grew up in a family and a faith system where psychology was eyed with great suspicion. I’d heard all the usual fundamentalist anxiety about Jung’s heretical beliefs, and Freud’s … Continue reading Therapy Is Always A Good Choice

Reconciliation Is Not Always the Answer

A relationship between two people is meant to be a two-way street. Both people are supposed to be invested in making it work. Both people need to be willing to compromise and work with the other person to maintain a healthy relationship where the needs of both are being met. This is true of all … Continue reading Reconciliation Is Not Always the Answer

When Childhood Shame Lingers

    I felt deep shame. My body shut down. I couldn’t speak. I couldn’t react. All I knew was that I needed to get away from him as quickly as possible. I excused myself by saying I needed to go sit in the backyard, but he was concerned and so he came to talk … Continue reading When Childhood Shame Lingers

Child Abuse Does Not Have To Be Physical

Child abuse is often thought of as having physical or sexual elements to it. So it may surprise you to find out that child abuse (or any form of abuse, for that matter) does not have to include hitting or any form of physical contact. My own experience does include instances of hitting, but that … Continue reading Child Abuse Does Not Have To Be Physical

May Reads

Another month has gone by, and more books have been poured into my brain. There were several hits, several mehs. And I'm now 7 books closer to hitting my goal for the year. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware (Finished May 3) This was an interesting throwback to the likes of Agatha Christie … Continue reading May Reads