Noah’s Ark Now

Podcast Interview

Posted by on Oct 12, 2020 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | 0 comments

Podcast Interview

Episode #38: Chaplain Meg Spinella and Hospice Care...

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Trauma III

Posted by on Apr 27, 2020 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | Comments Off on Trauma III

Trauma III

Nova Scotia is a lovely, peaceful province, hanging off the eastern edge of Canada. Getting there is a deliberate and often challenging intention. It’s known for water views, lots of them, as well as whale watching, hiking, and picturesque cottages. While getting there is difficult, staying there is seductive and the stuff of dreams for hardier folks. With slightly under one million residents, it is small both in area and population, like a very large village made of many smaller ones. Its residents, including the indigenous Mi’kmaq people, have a long and proud heritage of both...

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Pandemic

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | 2 comments

Pandemic

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”   FDR   These wise words from another time of International upheaval, threat, and loss, can still serve as a touchstone as we navigate a range of  events unprecedented in our lifetime. Up to this writing, 20,911 people worldwide have died from Covid-19, of 463,342 reported cases. The number of actual cases is no doubt much higher, even as the death toll mounts by the hour. There is universal agreement among public health experts that “Sheltering in Place” is the best way to slow the spread of the virus.  There is...

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Change

Posted by on Nov 29, 2019 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | Comments Off on Change

Change

“Change is the only constant in Life.” Heraclitus   I used to say that I had to be dragged kicking and screaming into my future. I was no fan of change. That was a fear-driven way of being in the world. It was also a symptom of a victim consciousness. I now see myself as the co-creator of my future, together with the higher powers that work with and for me to bring good things into my life. I have emphatically re-ordered my relationship with change. Having found and practiced another way of looking at the unfolding events in life, looking at them at least with equanimity and...

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Sorrow III

Posted by on Aug 11, 2019 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | Comments Off on Sorrow III

Sorrow III

“There’s a hole in the world tonight There’s a cloud of fear and sorrow There’s a hole in the world tonight Don’t let there be a hole in the world tomorrow” The Eagles     There’s only one appropriate topic this week for a site that focuses on healing Trauma. Yet, as I say that I know that for the families and communities victimized by the latest mass shootings in America, healing will be a long time in coming, if it comes at all. Indeed, America itself is grievously wounded and torn apart with no healing in sight. This is the fifth mass...

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Perfectionism

Posted by on Jul 18, 2019 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | Comments Off on Perfectionism

Perfectionism

     Judging ourselves and finding that we come up short is endemic in our high-powered, fast-paced world.  We say things to ourselves that we’d never consider saying to a loved one. “Well, I blew that.”  “What a jerk I am.”  “I am hopeless.” Harsh self-talk is an insidious and destructive side effect of perfectionism. What if you didn’t have to be perfect? I know. It doesn’t feel like a choice. Compulsions never do. Like a hamster on a wheel, you don’t know how to stop and get off, to give yourself a...

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Grief III

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018 in Noah's Ark Now | Comments Off on Grief III

I woke up knowing that my new puppy’s name would be Gabriel. My husband was well into the process of finding me an animal that he could train as a Service dog to help me with walking, stability, and balance. We chose an Airedale terrier from a line of Performance Airedales. These were dogs that wanted, above all else, to have a job to do. The 10 week old puppy came home to us during one of New England’s very cold winters. I was literally bowled over by the enthusiasm of his first sight of me.  Gabriel’s first Christmas was a joyous one for us all. He was easily housebroken...

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Sorrow II

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in Noah's Ark Now | Comments Off on Sorrow II

      I have felt compelled to write about politically charged events a few times on this Trauma website. Under the headings of Sorrow, Loss, and Tragedy, I have written about the Sandy Hook massacre, the Gabby Giffords shooting, and the Boston Marathon bombings respectively. As we navigate the aftermath of yet another mass shooting in America, I’m using the heading Sorrow II. This groups together two of the events involving the death of children at their school. It sets the stage for what I hope will be encouraging developments in the ongoing debate about how to prevent...

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Grief II

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Featured, Noah's Ark Now | Comments Off on Grief II

Grief II

Last year my life changed forever. I’ve joined that club no one wants to be in – one of my children died. My 36 year old son, Joseph, died of a brain aneurysm. In the first blog on Grief, I noted some skillful ways to help someone who is grieving. The depth of the pain when grieving the loss of a child, including an adult child, requires a degree of compassion and sensitivity that challenges even the most caring among us. Our communication tools can suddenly seem woefully inadequate.  I can try to help by relating what people have done that was meaningful to me in the most...

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Disability

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Noah's Ark Now | 7 comments

Disability

Disability can be visited upon you suddenly and shockingly, as in the case of victims who survive a shooting or bombing, or accident victims of all types. Those who serve in the military continually put themselves at risk for disability and, sadly, with modern weaponry, it is all too common for them to have to face enormous physical changes and challenges. Disability can also creep up on you, in expected and unexpected ways. In my own case, diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at age 32, I could perhaps have expected eventual disability. With nutrition, exercise, attitude, and family support, I...

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Transitions

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Noah's Ark Now | 6 comments

Transitions

From the moment the decision was made to sell our home and move across the country, to this moment as I sit in my new home to write, there was a span of nearly a year. What was accomplished in that year, essentially creating a whole new life, required considerable effort but no struggle. Struggle is a heavy thing, quite distinct from meeting goals and accomplishing tasks that tire us out. That’s effort. I already knew the difference between the two but to have experienced it “in living color” has been quite miraculous, almost magical. It took two months to prepare our...

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Suicide

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Noah's Ark Now, Suicide | Comments Off on Suicide

Suicide

There is an ongoing international conversation about Suicide and Depression sparked by the death this week of beloved comedian Robin Willams. Mental Health professionals and those who have suffered from severe depression or been touched by the suicide of a friend or family member welcome this openness about a topic that is often considered taboo. Certainly the phenomenon of airing feelings of grief and bewilderment on social media, which instantly can reach a worldwide audience, is changing the scope of our awareness in the aftermath of this high profile suicide. The fact that Robin...

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