Adventures in Foster Care, Part One

I have been relaxing on the couch, watching Dr. Phil tonight. The subject matter of the particular episode I watched concerned a two-year-old child who is living out of a truck with his father. The story caused me to reflect on my experiences as a still green social worker. My first real job right out…

Synopsis Free

Synopses of books = spoilers for me. I don't even read summaries on hardcover jackets or the backs of soft cover books. I feel like too many plot points are given away if I read synopses/summaries. I do adore reading reviews - they are generally spoiler-free and I really enjoy seeing others' opinions of both…

Emotional Roller Coasters

Having had intense anxiety my entire life - I can remember feeling anxious throughout much of childhood - has honestly held me back from being the best I could have been, but it has also taught me a lot about myself. Along with anxiety, I have experienced intense depression. My depression has admittedly been bad…

Views from the Stand

I was a lifeguard for six summers back in the day. My lifeguard training class was very competitive and awesome; I learned the perfect way to swim freestyle, thanks to our wonderfully hilarious and tough instructor, Cheri, may God rest her soul. Being a lifeguard made my summers throughout high school and some of college;…