Author Archive: joannaauthor

If you give a mouse a cookie…

…it will want a glass of milk.  If you give Joanna a project, she will find 300 other tasks to complete as well. This is the only possible explanation I can come up with for why I haven’t written a post or touched my novel since late September. I know that November is National Novel …

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Thank You

Today started out like a regular Thursday for me- morning appointments with clients, then planning to have lunch with Dad before returning to work to meet with afternoon clients.  Dad said last night he wanted to eat at a sort of underground pizza place.  He was craving “sweet pizza”. Spinners Pizza might be known as …

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It might not “look” like PTSD

What do you think of when you hear or read the word PTSD (technically, the acronym PTSD)? Do you see a grizzled old combat Vet like Lt. Dan from Forrest Gump?  Lt. Dan definitely had PTSD, survivor’s guilt, Alcohol Addiction and a few other diagnoses I could add in there, assuming he was a real …

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Cover Reveal for my friend and mentor

Title: Everyday Musings  Author: Sharon C. Williams  Release Date: September 30, 2016  Publisher: Lysestrah Press Genre: Humor, General Fiction, Anthology, Animals, Paranormal Book Description:   The little things in life are worth remembering. There are moments in life that stir the senses. Moments of joy, moments of surprise, and moments that can cause great fear. …

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In therapy, we call it a breakthrough

I don’t really use the term “breakthrough” when I’m with a client, unless it’s jokingly.(I also never say “and how does that make you FEEL?”- too cliche)   I do see the moments of “breakthrough” on client’s faces though- when they get the insight they’ve been blind to all along, or are able to break …

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The Next Revolution will Start with Chips & Salsa

If you follow my blog, you know that I have a weekly tradition of going out to lunch with my Dad, when he’s in town for his Vet Center visits.   Over the past six weeks, these lunches have expanded to include several other Veterans that are from his group.  They are all Vietnam Vets, …

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Anti Military

I don’t consider myself as having a sheltered life.  I also don’t consider myself to have a very un-sheltered life either (there are no antonyms for sheltered that fit).  I’ve not seen combat or been in the military, but I’ve been exposed to it all of my life, grown up around it and live in …

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My search for the elusive, probably nonexistent, perfect gift

Have you ever heard of the 5 Love Languages? If you have, chances are, you might have attended a chaplain’s marital retreat, marriage counseling, or some kind of couples/marital focused retreat or seminar.  If you haven’t feel free to click that link. I have been on enough Strong Bonds (chaplain’s) retreats to be able to recite …

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PTSD is an injury, not an illness

I had a working vacation this week.  I took 4 days off, didn’t see clients, left the state, crashed at someone’s place that is in a heavily traveled city (for free, score!) and forced myself to work.  Boy, do I know how to party 😉 That being said, I’m proud of what I accomplished over …

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My Call to Arms

I hope I have made it abundantly clear that I’ve never served and that I have admiration for those that do. The more I work with Service Members and Veterans though, the more I can relate to certain experiences or emotions that they express.  I have heard from many SMs and Vets that 9/11 was …

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