A Poem for a Good Friend

This poem is dedicated to my long-lost friend, Stephen (Michael) Gross. He was funny, witty, and most of all, a great friend. I miss him very much. You will never be forgotten, Mike. Shirley  

What is Friendship? Let Me Tell You the Story of Barbara June

  I have had some people ask me recently what at first might seem an odd question. However, I am convinced it is very important. What is friendship? Some may giggle to think that someone wouldn’t understand what a friendship is, but you won’t when you are done with this article. A Definition of Friendship [...]

Male Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

Men who were sexually abused as children, a helpful publication.

Therapists, The Forgotten Victims of Trauma

Therapists listen and help, but what about THEIR mental health?

I Deeply Apologize

I am so sorry. I meant no harm, but that is what I have done.

One Year After My Therapist Retired

Losing a therapist for any reason can feel like there has been a significant death in the family.

A Message to All Who Are Having a Hard Time Today

I of all people understand the deep hole of depression. I understand the feelings of being overwhelmed by one's thoughts, and the need to hide. I can also relate to feelings of wanting to self-destruct. These powerful emotions can make life miserable, and threaten our existence. My words to you today are simple. I care. [...]

The Lasting Effects of Broken Trust

Trigger Warning: The following article is full of references to abuse issues and mentions things that may be triggering to some. I do not and will not write specifics of abuse on my blog, but the emotions that even talking briefly about these issues can be upsetting. Before I begin this piece let me first [...]

Growing Pains in The United States of America

This blog is not a political platform to put forward anyone's agenda. However, I cannot and will not remain silent when what our country stands for is being attacked. The purpose of the following article is not to insight fear, hatred, pride or any other emotion. Rather, it's purpose is to try and help people [...]

Speaking Truth About Suicide

As a suicide survivor, I have a unique vantage point from which to speak on this this very difficult to discuss topic. Not only have I survived three suicide attempts myself, the first being when I was only seven years old, I have a very close family member who successfully completed hers. There are so [...]

The Cleansing Power of Tears

Shirley J. Davis Tears are nature’s release valve for the human soul. When we cry, we take our frustrations, fears and grief and allow them to vent so that our minds can reset. If you grew up like I did, in an abusive and traumatic family situation, you may have been afraid to weep. As [...]

Changing The Dance of Grieving the Childhood that Never Was

Shirley J. Davis Content Advisory: Post contains information about child neglect and strong emotions and the content may be triggering to some individuals. * * * * * * * After reading this article through again, I decided it desperately needed not only some editing but also a note of hope to my readers before [...]