Archive for Family of Origin

How Well Do You Handle Criticism? (In Three Acts)

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Do you want to squirt lemon juice in the eyes of anyone who DARES to criticize you? To pound their desk with your fist and shout, Who do you think you are?! You don’t KNOW me, what I’ve seen, or where I come from! Do suggestions, tips, and advice feel like hostile criticisms to you? [...]

A Story of Surviving Chaos – Dawn Clancy on Growing up Chaotic

When you know what it’s like to grow up within chaos, you are someone who knows what it’s like to be in that that unique, highly-attuned, nerve-wracking environment. Blogger and chaos-survival activist Dawn Clancy, who writes the Growing Up Chaotic site and blog and Blog Talk Radio Show, describes such origins so very well. Her [...]

TheFix.com Featured my Post “They Did the Best They Could”

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I’ve received a lot of comments on my post about the phrase ‘They did the best they could,” and recovery site TheFix.com just picked it up on their site – very exciting! Here’s the piece: On the phrase: They Did The Best They Could. Have you watched my video about my let’s-make-it-a-book for The Kind [...]

How Did Your Dad’s Marijuana Use Affect Your Childhood?

Stefan, Andreas, and me

That was his question, Stefan Åsberg, correspondent for SVT. This past weekend I participated in the filming of a segment about marijuana use in the U.S. for Swedish television (the segment will air in August). How did they find me? I received an email from Alexa at SVT.se who had seen my blog and wanted [...]

In the Kitchen of Holiday Joy

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There are two truths that I have long struggled to square at this time of year. One is the child-like anticipation and joy that wells up in me during the holidays. The other is the devastation I feel about the kind of family in which I was raised. For many years, I approached the holidays [...]