February 12, 2018

Last week, I wrote about the concept of “radical empathy”—the idea of TRYING to “walk around in someone else’s skin” even when you know that true understanding might be impossible.

The treatment of those who struggle with active addiction calls for radical empathy, as o...

January 1, 2018

Hope has always been a challenging concept for me. Having loved someone who has struggled with addiction for over eight years, hope can feel like a perpetual carrot dangled in front of the nose—nothing but a series of unfulfilled promises. Hope, when attached to a spec...

December 11, 2017

On this snowy day, I'm lucky enough to sit down with my friend and fellow children's writer, Bernadette Ziemba, to talk about her new project, "AMHA Dolls Made with Love and Soul."

A: Bernadette, tell us a little bit about yourself and this awesome new project.

B: I'm a...

December 4, 2017

When people read a synopsis of LIFELINE, one of their first questions is often, “What inspired you to write this story?”

They mean a story about addiction, about heroin abuse and overdose, about the slow and painful process of recovery.

What’s true is that there are very...

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