October 18, 2018

I live in a world full of people with giant hearts. Its true. Everywhere you look in the world of Human Services and Child Advocacy you will find people who have giant hearts. There is really no arguing about that. The issue, as I have found, is that when their giant hearts begin to do tasks that they know are not helping the people they set out to help,...

July 10, 2018

Six years ago, our family gave up Christmas! That's right, we gave it all up: no tress, no decorations, no fancy ham dinner and especially no gift exchange. Instead we decided to forego the holiday and set out instead to begin have experiences and enjoying the company of each other while crossing items off our bucket list. The whole idea has been to find...

March 6, 2018

Sorry I’ve been silent. I’ve been brooding, angry over the system, policies and government. I find it is best that I don’t write when I’m angry, but this last bout of anger doesn’t seem to be going away, so I hope that you don’t mind that I finally decided to try and vent on my blog.

It started rather simply: I was reading the latest report from the Nation...

October 1, 2017

Since the release of Garbage Bag Suitcase, I have had some interesting human encounters. I have traveled around the country and even into a few foreign countries. I have been too epic urban areas and to remote rural communities. I have spoken to groups as small as 3 and as large as 1000. I have spoken for free and paid, all in the hopes of spreading aware...

July 30, 2017

When I speak to audiences, I often end my keynote with an exercise:

I ask you to begin to notice the strangers seated around you. The first one that you can make eye contact with, imagine yourself going to live with them tonight.  You can take a bag of things that you already own. In fact, you can keep your job, your volunteer activities, and your car and...

July 5, 2017

It's almost impossible to help a child or a parent in need and not be affected by what we are seeing. This is true for any professional advocate including caseworkers, lawyers, court-appointed liaisons, medical workers and etc. We feel anger, sadness, and frustration. Often we feel we have no control over the situation.

What we don't see, or truly understa...

June 13, 2017

I was speaking to an elementary teacher the other day and she provided some insights into how her job relates to the child welfare system. She works as a special education teacher in the South, and her job is often frustrating because she deals with parents on a daily basis who have difficulty meeting the basic needs of their children. It's hard for her t...

April 28, 2017


Here is How YOU can help

In 1988 with the help of Senator Strom Thurmond, President Ronald Regan issued the first Presidential proclamation that established May as National Foster Care Month. A yearly proclamation from the President recognizes the work of foster families, social workers, community organizations and others...

March 30, 2017

I have written before about how I was a self-help book addict. I read every book I could find, re-reading several of them and even going as far as getting them on audiobook so I could re-listen to them hundreds of times.

I did this because I absolutely believed in their base principles, and, frankly, I needed a constant reminder. I would listen — and would...

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