Author: Deb Avery

Drops of Enlightenment with My Morning Coffee

  By Deb Avery   I was just sitting by the window, coffee cup in hand, feeling a little sad, discouraged, tired and in pain physically. And then, there it was on my laptop. As I read it, something inside clicked into place. What a beautiful, magical moment! The pain was still there from one of my chronic illnesses. I still felt a little sadness deep within and was still fatigued as well. But suddenly, because of a few wise and graceful words by a friend, my whole perception changed. A healing drop of enlightenment enveloped my heart and mind...

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True Heroes are Compassionate Badasses.

  By Deb Avery There have been some strange changes in our vocabulary over the years, and it’s brought about a shift in perceptions as well. People often confuse compassion with weakness—nothing could be further from the truth. However, because of the image of the kick-ass, take names later prima donna of today’s pop culture, it seems as if the gentler, kinder, more compassionate heroes have almost been forgotten. There has always been the “bad boy” image in movies and life. The list is endless, from James Dean to James Bond. They keep muscular and fit as they go about...

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Exiting Hell: A Story of Survival & How to Thrive.

  By Deb Avery   Any writer can tell you that when writing of difficult and painful times, it can feel like cutting your heart out and putting it on display for all to see. I know that feeling well, for I have shared many of the most painful times of my life in my writing, hoping that it would help someone else in some small way. This has included my leaving a 30 year marriage which culminated with my husband’s death from a stroke a few days after Thanksgiving, seven years ago. I don’t remember much about the...

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Dear Fellow Weird People:

  By Deb Avery Every since I can remember I have felt different. Call it weird, peculiar or just down right awkward, it’s that slightly uncomfortable feeling of being out of place or just not fitting in. Before the internet and social media, life could be pretty strange and lonely for those of us with these feelings, and no place was worse than the small town I grew up in and the surrounding regions. You see, I was born a Southerner with a very open heart and mind. The open heart part worked well until it involved being loving...

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The Season of Lights Illuminating the Dark Nights of the Soul.

By Deb Avery The season that is upon us can be one the most joyful, uniting and caring seasons of the year. Or, it can bring about feelings of isolation, depression or despair. Just as the sparkling lights that surround us illuminate and brighten the dark days of winter, they also cast shadows that can dull and darken our daily lives. Whether it be the death of a loved one, a debilitating illness, or the chronic struggle that often comes with living in poverty—all of these can drain the happiness and joy right out of the season and the celebrations. This can leave us with feelings of loneliness or hopelessness. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Solstice, Hanukkah, another type of celebration (or none at all) the activities that surround this time of year is one of peace and goodwill. It can be hard to reconcile this with all the terrible things that are happening in the world today and the anxiety over the year to come. But in reality, no matter the custom or religion, the celebrations of this season are here to remind us of one thing: No matter how deep the darkness, the light will always return. The “return of the light” has been celebrated since ancient times, in every culture, in many, many ways. It’s always been a way of reminding us that the light has not...

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