“What were you thinking?!” This is the quintessential utterance of every parent, to every teenager that has ever lived. It’s behavior that mystifies, that defies all the elements of common sense. What were you thinking when you jumped off the roof into the swimming pool… lit that fire in the driveway… or dumped green […]
Ninety-day countdown begins today for the release of A Very Fine House on September 23! I began writing FIVE years ago, and stopped and started about five times. I mean…what was I thinking that I could write a book? Me, the one whose high school senior English teacher told I’d never make it through college […]
I caught a glimpse of Lea Michelle on the news the other night when she dedicated her Teen Choice award to Cory Monteith. It made me realize I still grieve for a young man I’ve never even met. The sickening sadness remains that I’ve felt so many times before, when I know another mother grieves, another father has […]
I was asked by a leading Oregon prevention activist to write an op-ed piece about marijuana dispensaries. Since the timing corresponded with my mid-week blog post, I’ll share it here. Please let me know your thoughts on this subject in the comments section below! ~~~~~~ The Oregon State Legislature recently passed HB3460, a bill that now sits on […]
My daughter, Annie, recently shared my manuscript with her good friend, Megan. Megan is “her person,” that special woman with whom she shares most everything in life. I first learned of the friendship when Annie chose to dress up like Megan one year for Halloween. She donned a bobbed purple wig, and drew a floral “sleeve” tattoo […]
Today is World Drug Day. Really. It’s unlikely that anyone reading this blog was previously aware of this fact, nor that each year on June 26 countries throughout the world show their support for substance abuse prevention by observing this day. It’s not a day I ever imagined would be important to me, but as […]
It’s time to bring addiction out of the proverbial closet and bring healing to the millions who suffer.
Last week was our annual end-of-year celebration at the Meth Action Coalition (MAC). It’s a time when our board of directors and all volunteers gather to celebrate the work we accomplished throughout the school year. When I tallied the numbers before we met, I was astonished to realize that we gave our drug prevention talk […]
A child in the throes of addiction is one of the most painful journeys a parent can take. We grieve and we hate, thrash and obsess. We try to fix, control, and manipulate that which cannot be fixed, controlled or manipulated. We are a mess. Caring friends may ask us, “What are you doing to […]
For those of us who love an addict, what is it that we want them to do? Topping our list is most certainly the desire that they stop drinking and/or stop using drugs. Then we can stop worrying about them, and stop worrying about what will happen to us if something terrible happens to them. […]
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I’m a drug prevention activist in Oregon and advocate for recovering addicts. I presently serve as president of the Meth Action Coalition, a nonprofit organization providing prevention education and community awareness on all drugs of abuse.