Advice Deborah Westervelt October 2020 Overcoming Short Stories Survivors

100 Year Flood

While living in St. Louis in the early 90s, I found myself in the middle of an “100-year flood.” This may be the closest I have come to living through a slow, growing disaster until this pandemic. During disasters, where do we find comfort?

Archive Deborah Westervelt Overcoming September 2020 Suicide Survival Survivors

Trail Angels and the Trail of Life

Trail Angels and the Trail of Life By Deborah Westervelt Backpacking is walking towards something.  The route could be thru, in and out, or circular.  The Appalachian Trail is a thru hike that includes some of the steepest gradients in the United States. It is often called “The Long Green Tunnel” due to the density […]

Archive Jeanette Messano September 2020 Suicide Survival Survivors

The Feeling of Drowning

The Feeling of Drowning By Jeanette Messano “I feel like I am drowning. I have felt like that for a really long time.” Many years ago, after being kicked out of my house with my young family, I was  drunk on a friend’s floor. The kind of drunk where you suddenly realize you can’t get […]

Archive Communities Jeanette Messano July 2020 Survivors

I Want to Talk to You

I Want To Talk To You Alexis and her mother, Angie, are some of the strongest, most resilient warriors you will ever meet.  They are an amazing team, putting heart and soul into everything they do. Together they have moved mountains. Alexis was born with a rare syndrome. A syndrome so rare that is named […]