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Dr. Omar Abubaker will be speaking at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm on “Compassion in Addiction”.

The JHW Foundation, Inc. continues its incredible work. Sharing the following link so that as many people as possible get this date on their calendar. #compassioninaddiction #motheringaddiction



THE VISIT … I read the first page of “Mothering Addiction” for the umpteenth time today. My familiarity with it doesn’t change the mix of questions and emotions it stirs. First up is, “What on earth have I done? Why have I written publicly about my son in jail?” It feels like the dream where I forget to show up for a final exam or to wear a bra to the grocery store.  Then I remember, “Oh, yeah. Those feelings are why I did it … to overcome anxiety and shame.” A steely purpose surfaces. The last sentence on the page brings it home: “He was worth every mile and every minute.” And then love takes the lead, calming my anxiety and strengthening my purpose. My story starts and ends with love. Period. I didn’t plan that first page break, but it is perfect. Check out the “Look Inside” feature, now active on amazon, allowing you to read a few sample pages. #motheringaddiction #lovingwhilelettinggo





A couple of weeks ago, my yoga instructor read the following LOVE WARRIOR post at the beginning of class. My sun salutation must have created just the right amount of space within me at just the right time, because those words took root. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them since. And then I was talking to my friend and PR collaborator Joni Albrecht, and she knew the quote. And then on another day, another friend sent me the post. I’m curious how these words, how this brave message about true pain and true love, hits you? #motheringaddiction #bigpain #biggercourage 

LHH, FB post, yoga


“Where is God in your story?”

LHH, fall beachA friend recently asked me, “Where is God in your story?” She asked me in a friend way, not in an accusatory way. I think it’s a good question. Other than a few quotes by Frederick Buechner, I don’t have many overt references to the spiritual world. Yet, my story is all about God. Every part of “Mothering Addiction” – the situations, the outcomes, the people, and the words to convey what they all mean – is interwoven with God and His redemptive nature in such a way that they are one in the same. I mean, only God can turn addiction inside out to reveal silver linings. I don’t want to rank any of the ways He has worked above another, but I will say that in my journey of healing, people have over and over delivered to me exactly what I needed at the time I needed it. I have no other explanation than God, and I am grateful.