MN DPS Leads the Way

Lt. Brian Reu The first talk about the book, Unspoken Sorrow: Whispers From a Broken Heart takes place this month! Kari will be presenting book and crash topics to the Minnesota stakeholders group on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Minnesota State Director of Pupil Transportation, Lt. Brain Reu, extended the invitation for the 45-minute event. She […]

The Doyle Family

This week, I submitted an opinion piece to the April 26th, 2017 edition of the Monticello Times after conducting a series of interviews with the children of John Doyle, the truck driver who died in the Monticello crash on April 10, 1997. I have a deep affinity with these three young people. The link to the […]

The Dual Diagnosis Model: Treating PTSD and Addiction

Today I came across a very well-done video that addresses the dual diagnosis model – treating PTSD and the accompanying addiction issues at the same time.  I sent it to my boys. While 70% of our population has experienced trauma, only 8% develop PTSD.  Statistics are varied on the number of people who have co-occurring […]

Brene Brown on Boundaries

Check out the YouTube, Brene Brown Boundaries, Empathy, and Compassion. I love this woman. Some things she says resonates with me. In this video they are: People were sucking on purpose, just to piss me off. I’ll never know whether people are doing the best they can or not, but when I assume they are, […]

Seeking Safety and The Split Self

Acceptance means acknowledging what is so I can make the next right choice for me. It does not mean allowing myself to be harmed because of what is. Today’s topic is from Seeking Safety by Lisa M. Najavits (2002), pages 227-230. Rainer Maria Rilke, a 20th-century German poet writes: “be attentive to what is arising within […]

Finding My Marbles… Again

Finding My Marbles Along the journey to wellness, I’ve found a few ways to reward myself for the good things. One of my favorite rewards is marbles. I made myself a mason jar and labelled it “My Marbles” and it’s the receiving jar for whatever journey I’m on. This time, it’s a physical wellness journey. […]

My Happy 100

To celebrate my graduation from Hazelden’s Intensive Outpatient Program TODAYYYYYYY, I compiled my list of 100 things that I value about my sober self, about my sobriety, or that I’ve learned in sobriety. Take a deep breath, and dive in! I am worth recovery. I am kind. I am generous. I am courageous. I am fierce. […]

Momma’s Affirmations

My mother is unwillingly recovering. Since my sister and I are her court-appointed co-guardians, it’s our choice to have her in a place where recovery is just part of her day, every day. She’s participating too. She has this list of affirmations, and she’s circled those that matter to her. In my role as the […]