Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I have no personal experience with domestic violence, although one time I encountered an abuse victim and knew so little about domestic violence that I didn’t recognize the signs. Years later in retrospect I realized that the child’s actions indicated he was a victim of child abuse. I had … Read more

National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month. Every child deserves a family, and there are kids, especially older children, waiting for their forever home. Every family who want children should have them. It’s love—not blood—that makes a family. If you have room in your heart for a child, consider adoption. My husband and I adopted our son. … Read more

Stop Alzheimer’s

September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day. a day set apart by organizations around the world to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. I have been caregiver for two Alzheimer’s patients—my father and my husband—and I have seen two other family members—my grandfather when I was a preteen and an aunt when I was an … Read more

Selfishness vs. Compassion

Two seemingly unrelated incidents happened in the last few days that together made a big impact on me. I got an email from my friend Vladimir in Haiti. Vladimir, in his 20s, has been caring for his younger brother, Shelton, since they lost their parents in the earthquake of 2010. Shelton was a very young … Read more

Military Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month. While Veterans Day honors those who have previously served in the military and Memorial Day honors those who have died in military service, Military Appreciation Month honors those who serve today in the military as well as those who have served in the past, including those died in service. As … Read more

Fibromyalgia and Stroke Awareness Months

May is both Fibromyalgia Awareness Month and National Stroke Awareness Month. While these two conditions are different in many ways, they are alike in that both can be debilitating. And I am well-acquainted with both. Fibromyalgia is not a disease, but a syndrome. There is no known cause and no specific test for diagnosis. There … Read more

Stop Child Abuse

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Although the month is nearly over, it’s not too late to raise awareness of the crucial problem. Child abuse not only causes immediate pain at the time it happens, it damages the child even into adulthood. People can overcome the trauma of child abuse, but often they don’t. … Read more

Sixty Million People Gone

According to the US Abortion Clock, more than sixty million people have been killed in the womb in the US since Roe v Wade was decided by the Supreme Court forty six years ago today. More than 1500 unborn babies are aborted every day. Among those murdered babies, were there men and women like Martin … Read more