Watercolour and Ink

Many people have asked me about my art as a teenager so I have found some of my work and will put it up in some posts. I managed to save a few pieces myself and others were given to friends who kept them for many years. Here is one I painted when I was about 14 yrs old. It is not a masterpiece but it speaks 10,000 words. Unfortunately it has tiny yellow age  spots on it but that is what time and age does to things.picture

A Special Quote for those who need it

Sometimes when I feel like hiding and then I remember this quote.By taking small steps and working through the problem, the future often seem brighter. Always remember to ask for help if you need it. If your family and friends can’t help you, try to reach out to others who can. It makes me sad to hear of another soul who felt so alone that they ended their life.



New Book I co-authored with other amazing woman around the world.

Hi Everyone,

I am so excited to tell you about the publishing of a book that I am a co author in!

In the pages of this book you will find my own story and the stories of 30 other amazing women who have the love, the heart, the courage and the wisdom to share their stories with you.

While we mention what happened to us, we don’t dwell there. We talk about what we have done and what we are currently doing to be well adjusted, happy and productive. We’ve done our healing work for ourselves first and foremost and as we began to heal, that seeped out to our families, our communities, our countries and our world. We also know that it takes constant attention to our thoughts and feelings as there can be triggers of memory that can threaten to derail our efforts.

Each of us has been a victim of abuse, some beginning in childhood, others later on as adults with domestic violence or even rape. You will find stories from sea to shining sea, women from all around Canada and the U.S., Australia and even one with roots in Guatemala. You will discover that the perpetrators of abuse do not respect ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic backgrounds, or religious backgrounds. Abuse is abuse no matter what kind, and there is no measuring device that can predict the impact it has on the victim, no matter how significant or insignificant the abuse may seem.

What we all have in common is our deep desire to share with abuse survivors around the world that they too can heal, that they are NOT alone. We share our journey, the resources and most of all the mindset that we needed to adopt to achieve the rich and happy lives we are now living. It truly is a journey.

Will you step up and make a choice to thrive? Are you willing to do what it takes? Are you willing to change your focus? We’ve all heard the saying, “What you focus on expands.” Are you ready to focus on healing and thriving?

We are doing a Best Seller Launch on Feb. 2nd and 3rd and would appreciate your support!

The book is being offered as both a Kindle and Paperback.

The link for the Kindle book is: http://amzn.to/2kxcKNo Cost is .99 cents on launch day

The link for the Paperback book is: http://amzn.to/2kxd3HU Cost is $15.95

You do not need to have a kindle to read a kindle book…Amazon has technology that will let you read from your phone, laptop, desktop or other devices.

Every moment you get is a gift. Spend it on things that matter. Don’t spend it by dwelling on unhappy things.” — UNKNOWN


“Judge, 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.”

The Blood on My Hands: Shannon O’Leary

This is an extremely well-written book.  I’m reminded a little of Jeanette Walls’s The Glass Castle.  As I read the book and the horror of Patrick’s personalities—the Devil, the Games Man, the grandmother, and the baby—and behaviors became apparent, I felt a continuing sense of wonder at your ability to dramatize these stories and to make all of the characters appear real.

I think one of the things that sets this book apart from other stories of abusive family members is the details relating to the lives of other people you describe, both before and after you escape.  Rosalie, for example, and Janie.  Bill, while better than your father, is still a terrible person.  I’m left with the feeling that the whole world is full of families hiding terrible secrets. I think this is an autobiography that definitely deserves a sequel.