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When you plant a young tree, you stake it at the bottom so that the tree grows stronger as it bends and flexes with the wind, but the roots remain solidly in place. Without the stake, the roots will rock, ripping the young tender roots and the tree will struggle. I was an untethered tree.

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Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. Khalil Gibran

I’m now a writer, researcher, seeker, and gardener. My amazing partner and I have four lovely daughters, two moody cats, and a faithful dog. On my journey thus far, I have collected degrees in psychology, social work and a Ph.D. in education. I worked for 25 years in higher education, healthcare, government, and human services.

I love watching documentaries, YouTube gardening videos, self-help books,  listening to music too loud, and inspirational memes. I have struggled with mental health issues my entire life and I am currently working to manage my conditions and accept this part of my identity. I share my struggles and learning in the hope I may help heal others while healing myself.

Peace & progress,
Colleen

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Every Woman Needs a Hammer: The Importance of Local Crisis & Social Services

Metaphorically and literally.  Literally, you should have your own hammer just like my Grandma Dora. It is probably the most helpful tool in any carpenter’s toolbox. Hang a picture, build a dog house or some raised beds. Rip out that wall blocking your view (maybe get a permit and verify it is NOT load bearing … Continue reading Every Woman Needs a Hammer: The Importance of Local Crisis & Social Services

Hello world

This will be a short post. I’m exhausted and so is my muse. I just wanted to share the good news: I’ve been crying most of the week — ugly gut-wrenching sobs with floods of tears gushing down my cheeks. It’s not a breakdown — it’s a breakthrough. I’m working through the loss of my … Continue reading Hello world

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