The First Paragraph of My Life Story

The First Paragraph of My Life Story… – by Laura Starbird My life didn’t begin when I was delivered by emergency C-section after my mother hemorrhaged while scrubbing floors.  It didn’t begin when I started kindergarten and had my first full-blown panic episode when my mother tried to leave me there.  My school years wereContinue Reading

Mother’s Day Ritual of Remembrance

Many of the women at the center as a child were taken into state custody and grieve the loss of the mother daughter relationship, or as mothers, they grieve the loss of their own children to the state. Those losses took place many years ago, sometimes as far back as 30 years ago – toContinue Reading

Haircuts

What a difference a day makes, and a haircut. As new year activity, we arranged for 12 free haircuts or manicures at the local beauty school. Six women could go one afternoon, six more a week later. Amber has straight dyed blond hair, which with time shows dark roots. She doesn’t trust anyone messing withContinue Reading

The Heart Truth

ED NOTE:  We had two wonderful student nurses with us every Thursday this year.  They did blood pressure and weight checks, consulted about meds and general health questions.  Both women fit right in and made a huge contribution. They will be away this summer and return in the fall.  We will miss them! This isContinue Reading

Thanksgiving

Each Monday morning we have a Writing Workshop.  The women gather over “Marvelous Morning Munchies” (with real brewed coffee) and pick a topic to write about.  They write for 10 minutes, then read to each other what they wrote.  They then offer positive comments about what they liked in the story. At the end ofContinue Reading

The Tooth Fairy Visits!

Yes, there IS a tooth fairy!  It is Cindy Leavitt, a local dental hygienist who had an idea to start a non-profit business called Healthy Smile 4 ME!  During the school year as Tooth Fairy Inc. she visits schools and provides basic dental care to local school children who do not have access to aContinue Reading

Getting Haircuts

What a difference a day makes, and a haircut. As new year activity, we arranged for 12 free haircuts or manicures at the local beauty school. Six women could go one afternoon, six more a week later. Amber has straight dyed blond hair, which with time shows dark roots. She doesn’t trust anyone messing withContinue Reading

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