Choose Gratitude

It’s been a tough month for everyone. As of today, at least one-third of the entire world has been placed on lockdown. COVID-19 has brought us to a screeching halt and humbled us as never before. We are all coping as best we can. The best thing I read this week...
The Power of Your Story

The Power of Your Story

I used to think that people related to my strengths, that if they saw how I was broken, surely they wouldn’t be impressed with that. So I showed off the parts of me that I thought they wanted to see — the resume stuff. And I hid the broken parts. But what...
Excruciating

Excruciating

Two years ago, on Dragon’s 17th birthday, his friends gave me the best birthday present ever.  They had a filled a mason jar with handwritten notes to Dragon — birthday wishes and memories of Dragon.  For a mother mourning her son, longing for...
Messing Up

Messing Up

One morning, when Dragon was in fourth grade, he came home with a C on his math test. “What, a C??!  What happened?” I yelled. “I don’t know!  I thought I did okay.  I don’t know what happened,” Dragon said. All...
Survivor’s Guilt

Survivor’s Guilt

I was looking through old photos on my Apple mac desktop, looking for a cute one of Hannah as a toddler to post for her 17th birthday.  I was scrolling through photo after photo of Dragon and Hannah, when Hannah turned to me and said, “Sometimes I have...