Up To Me

(Strength coming through) By Cestiny Crowther Within my soul Sit’s a scarred and blackened depth. I cannot reach the rope That is forever dangling above my head. It looks as if they are laughing, Or crying? I can’t tell Not knowing the position At which I am held. Do I...

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The Comfort of a Mother

by Dottie Menkhaus During this time of global crisis of the Corona virus pandemic, it feels like the world is crashing down around us. The stocks are plunging, everything is closed, grocery store shelves are barren, the workplace looks like a ghost town, mass quarantines and social distancing is everywhere....

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The Narcissistic/Difficult Mother and Her Empathetic Daughter – 10 Signs You Suffer From the “Good” Daughter Syndrome

Sharing this blog from one of the leaders in the field of Narcissistic Mothers. Wow does it ever ring true for so many women I know. Read and then let me know your thoughts. by Katherine Fabrizio Your mother has issues. Boy, does she have issues..controlling, intrusive, boundary crossing and...

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Molded By Hands Of Gold

(Remember whose you are!) By Cestiny Crowther You cannot help Who you love, Or yet, who loves you. Maintain a beautiful soul. Don’t turn ugly At the will of another. Everyone is a creation, A masterpiece, Molded by hands of gold. We are complicated creatures, With a “simple” road- Living...

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A Genealogy of Strong Dysfunctional Women

by Mary Ellen Collins Dysfunction is rooted in generations. Seldom does dysfunction begin in the present but we can trace it in our history. I come from a long line of strong women—dysfunctional, enabling, but strong women. Women who have pushed through their pasts and have created a future. The...

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The Best Seat in the House

by Dottie Menkhaus My mother passed away when I was 16, and consequently she has missed all of my achievements in my adult life. She wasn’t at my high school graduation. She wasn’t there to see me graduate with top honors from Cincinnati State. She didn’t see me finally achieve...

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Searching for Joy in 2020

by Mary Ellen Collins 2020. That represents either the year we’re in or perfect vision. But it’s a decade year and a good time to reflect where I’ve been and where I’m going. Being in awe of what God has done in my life. I spend so much time looking...

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The Voice of Forgiveness

by Kristin Mitchener I recently listened to a guided meditation. One meditative point sticks with me. Whatever you feel, if it takes you to an awkward or difficult place in time—five years old, twenty years old—tell yourself, “This, too. This, too, needs a voice. This, too, needs love.” My mother...

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Managing My Emotions

by Cestiny Crowther All emotion is important, even anger. Ponder with me…. If we were never supposed to feel any range of emotions, then they likely would never have come into existence. Each stage of an emotion has an appropriate time and place. We need to be aware when our...

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Why I Loved Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

By Julie Thompson “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood. A beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine?” Anytime I hear these song lyrics, a smile comes across my face and I immediately picture Fred Rogers putting on a red sweater and changing into...

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