spacer
Thrive logo
spacer
spacer Log in | spacer
corner spacer corner
spacer
spacer
corner browseissues corner
spacer
spacer
spacer
corner spacer corner
spacer
corner popularlinks corner
spacer
spacer
spacer
corner spacer corner
corner spacer corner
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
corner spacer corner
spacer
spacer
corner spacer corner
spacer

Meet Joe Black
By Chris Shin

I foster orphan kittens with the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA: http://www.orphankittenrescue.com/home/) and have been for about seven years. As my lifestyle is not conducive to adopting an animal companion (I travel regularly), fostering is the perfect opportunity for me to balance the responsibility and the enjoyment of having a purring creature. Plus, I see my role as a connector, a facilitator, a middle person: I socialize and raise kittens that need a home and when they are ready, I match them to the right home. And there is always a right home for each of the kittens. Read more

spacer
COMMENTS (2) | animal companion, cat, service
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer

Cooking With Love
By T. Wayne Waters

It’s a little past 8:00 on a Wednesday morning and 82-year-old twin sisters, Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner, are in the kitchen cracking eggs into wide-mouth wooden bowls. Brewing coffee infuses the air with an earthy aroma. Ellen gets a handheld electric mixer, plugs it in, and dips its shiny beaters into the yellow egg yolks in the bowl, a soft whirring sound signaling the start of scrambled eggs. Helen, meanwhile, turns her attention from the eggs to white rounds of biscuit dough she begins to lay out on a large metal tray.

The breakfast Helen and Ellen are fixing isn’t for them. It’s for the dozens of needy Knoxville folks who come to this special kitchen on the east side of the city–the Love Kitchen–twice a week, for a free meal cooked with care by the sisters and their volunteer staff. And for delivery to the hundreds of people in need who have no way to get to Love Kitchen. And for the hundreds more who come by and pick up much-needed emergency food bags; for, as the sisters like to say, the hungry, the homeless, the helpless, the hopeless, and the homebound. Helen and Ellen have been doing it for 25 years. Read more

spacer
COMMENT (1) | community, empowerment, faith, inspiration, service
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer

John Volken’s Welcome Home Program: A Second Chance For Addicts
By Emily Rose

I always thought faith was the ability to believe in something that cannot be proven, some intangible element woven into our lives like threads we can sense, but never see.

As I grew older my belief in faith was questioned, as is often the case for people during difficult times. It has only been recently that I learned there is much more to faith than finding the answers to questions that are not based on evidence.

Real faith takes courage and trust. Often, it requires the helping hands of others to provide you with faith when your own supply is running low. And, as I learned during an evening spent with John Volken, real faith takes determination, and the desire to succeed. Read more

spacer
COMMENTS (4) | addiction, healing, self growth, service, spiritual
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer

My Unbelievable Six Rescue Dogs
By Andrea Carr

When I was around fourteen years old I lived in Sheffield, England. This is when I first started to rescue dogs. Along with my cousin, who was the same age, we would spot dogs that were being abused. I was given a little badge from the Royal Society of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

In Canada, I have still continued on with my animal rescuing.

Around the time my daughter moved out, my fifteen-year-old dog died.  I called up a dog rescue group and told them I would be interested in adopting a small dog. I had a home visit done but didn’t hear from them.

Then one day, I received a phone call. They needed a foster home for a small dog. I agreed and they brought over a Yorkshire terrier. Read more

spacer
COMMENTS (3) | animal companion, animal wisdom, service
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer

The Happiness Formula
By Beth Rowles Scott

PINCH ME. Why pinch me? So I can be sure that this happiness I feel is not a dream, that my life has really changed so much since I was a fat little girl in Saskatchewan.

Growing up, losing my fatness and leaving my home province was sometimes fun, sometimes painful, often challenging. There were times when I would experience happiness, but then I would lose it again.

But I’ve had enough sightings of this elusive, mysterious happiness to give me a formula. Perhaps you have found your own way to happiness. But if you have not, do taste the ingredients of the Pinch Me happiness brew. May they serve you well!

 A FORMULA FOR HAPPINESS

To be happy you need these three things: someone to love, something to do, and something to look forward to. Read more

spacer
COMMENT (1) | aging, children, service, thriving
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
corner spacer corner
spacer
corner spacer corner
spacer
newsletter
spacer
spacer
spacer
corner spacer corner
spacer
corner comments corner
spacer
  • Frank Sterle Jr.: Whenever I observe stress in the facial expression of my mother, a typical senior, I also observe...
  • Kim: This was an excellent blog. I have been with my alcoholic husband for 15 years. I felt like I was losing my mind...
  • Alice: Helping someone with this issue is hard. And even more if you love him. I know that very well. We struggled...
  • Union Alarm: The best way is to leave such a person as it is not worth making your life miserable with such a person....
  • Nancy Flora: I think what you mean is a non-drinking member of an alcoholic family. Alcoholism is a family disease....
  • Amanda: The family is waking up Sunday AM and my alcoholic husband again makes another nasty comment to me. The...
  • Angel: I learned how to detach from my drunk husband! Than my mother passed away. All gloves were off after that. My...
  • Lorraine: Married thirty seven and a half years to an alcoholic. But he is a good person. And he does good deeds for...
  • jw: I have been with my husband twenty one years. We have three children together, ages 5,7, and 9. He is a...
  • Richard Berman: A emotional story well written with bright eye ups and sad eye downs. A story I could relate to. My...
  • Gina: Love this. Just what I needed to read. Thank you for your courage to share this.
  • Tired: I am struggling with detaching, but still trying. I have been with my other half off and on for 5 years. The...
  • Debra Grossman: Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. It nourishes my soul to learn of such special...
  • Jack russell: Really enjoyed reading the website. I have also have a website about this great dog.
  • Anonymous: Thank God for your blog. After 37 years of being married to an alcoholic,I’ve finally reached my...
  • Anonymous: Thanx 4 da truth
  • Sandra: I am from USA, i am 36 years old, i want to gladly give My testimony of how a spell caster dr.mac@yahoo. com...
  • g: Thank you for your words. As I navigate through marriage with children (11, 5, 3) and I am a stay at home mom, the...
  • Catherine Ellen Pettway: My husband and I married in 1988. He occasionally drank beer but not everyday. He came from...
  • Nic: Thank you Mike for your honesty and vulnerability. It helps to feel a connection with someone who understands...
  • Robert Goldsmith: Thank you for sharing that very intimate experience and your story. I’m married to an...
  • MANDI: Is this group still going? I love my husband and I knew what I was getting into when I married him. I knew he...
  • Kelly: Dear Keith, I hope you are at peace now. You are missed by many.
  • Delilah Campos: Dear LaVora, Thank you so much for sharing this intimate experience. I am deeply touched and...
  • Mary Ellen Bennett: Thank you so much. I am married to an alcoholic and I have watched him go through rehabilitation...
  • Tracy: Thank you for sharing your story with me Ivor. I’m so glad you had a loving supportive Aunt to guide you...
  • Daniel Fontana: I know those kids,especially Snezana.Please send me their contact information.
  • Neyhaaa: I can’t thank you enough for sharing this. Yet, thank you.
  • Amy: My daughter is five and her dad is an alcoholic. I know we need to leave. We both own our house and I...
  • CPC: I think this is among the such a lot important info for me. And i’m happy studying your article. However...
  • online festival: Every year, people in India find different ways to celebrate the same festival, and perhaps this...
  • Karol: Listening to all the mother’s on here is overwhelming for me. I think about what all of you are going...
  • Vicki Osheka: This is my second marriage and I came from a non drinking family. Didn’t realize what I was...
  • Elle: Wel written article. My husband is walking around totally beligerant. Where he ends up making messes, he has...
  • Maren: Thank you for this! 3rd day on Cipralex and a glimmer of hope.
  • Anonymous: I ‘gave in’ recently. I am more hopeful than ever that things will improve for me after...
  • LindaJane Riley: I apologize to everyone who has commented. I didn’t know this story was still active. I would...
  • Rahulbh28: Dear Members, Please help me. . . I’m sharing my painful moments which my brother and my family...
  • rene: Yes i too lived the nightmare for 45 yrs..when in my marriage the last. 10 yrs my alcoholic lived in the same...
  • Grace: I typed in Google search, overcoming childhood loneliness because I am paying attention to some habits that I...
  • Casadina: I am so thankful that I found this website. I am like others on here and my alcoholic is passed out snoring...
  • Grateful: I cannot express how much I appreciate your story. I have been with my alcoholic for 11 years and I do not...
  • Vic: I stumbled upon this beautifully written article because I just “gave in” today. I just picked up my...
  • Carol: I have recently begun to admit that my husband is an alcoholic. My heart is broken… I am pissed… I...
  • TJ: Thank you for this article. You are the first person who seems to understand why I am still married to an...
  • sariah: I wept as I read your story. I am currently learning to detach as well after 20 years of marriage to an...
  • LaVora: Good luck, N. My experience may not be yours. However, I deeply believe that happiness is our birthright. You...
  • nk: Lavora, I am exactly here in my marriage – trying to turn it around. Rgds, N
  • Suzanne: Hi Martin and Cathy. Watched your documentary. You are a wonderful family. Everyone has their struggles, no...
  • admin: Thank you for letting us know. The link is now set to the their new WEB page. We have our dog from them.
  • Linda Jane Riley: About a year ago I was forced to take a step back from all things related to alcoholism. My...
  • SHerry: Your link to the rescue adoption site is for sale with no other info on the dogs.
  • Marleen: Thank you for sharing your story! That’s real inspirating!
  • Julie: Its 4:50am here. I can hear him snoring in the nursery. I brought the baby to bed with me.. He only snores...
  • ld: I thought I was suffering alone. The advice and comments make me feel better and gives me the strength to go on....
  • Sam: Hi Mike, Very poignant, “There are no grown-ups. We are all children in adult garments” is right on...
  • TJ: Thank You!!! Like “judy” commented above my mind was racing and I felt out of control… My life...
  • Karunakaran: It’s very nice.
  • judy: Thanks for ur writings… it really help my mind to calm down…. where can i go to talk with alot of...
  • Tanya Sousa: We certainly do have to change the way we respond, don’t we Paul? I’m encouraged though. I...
  • Paul Trainer: Thank you, Tanya, this is all so true. As someone who adores starlings too, I know that it is only when...
  • Cathy: In reading I see how difficult it is to be married to an alcoholic husband for 30 years and have now...
  • carrir: You took the words right out of my mouth. Xoxo
  • ceri: What an amazing story of love between step son and step father
  • Caney Texas: Hello! I’ve been reading your site for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and...
  • julie: what a wonderful article, she described me to a tee , it was nice to put words to the feelings , I am new to...
  • michele: I am hurting so badly right now, it is taking all the strength and coping ability I have just to get through...
  • denise morini: PLEASE understand that I do not feel redeemed……still 230;……..getting Lexi...
  • Carleen Quesenberry: Denise- It is perplexing that you would write a “feel good” story after you...
  • Jon: While I love the article, I caution those reading the post by “finally AM, me.” I was in a...
  • Wendy Noer: I felt like I was there, good story Melodee, keep writing. Let me know when you finish another one.
  • Anonymous: thank you
  • Sandi: This is great, Mel! Congratulations! I hope to see more of your writings – especially the novel...
  • Katie: My name is Katie. I’m 40. I have only visited your website, haven’t purchased your book yet....
  • Kaylee: Your story helped convince me to start retaking my cipralex! Thank you!
  • gautam khanal: Love actually does not have any boundary of Cast,Religion,Profile,Species, Class etc…..
  • Nayanna Chakrbarty: Dear Kalpana, Thank you for your kind wishes. I do agree with you, when you think you are all...
  • Kalpana: Dear Nayanna, It’ such a pleasure reading your experiences with Ganapthi (as I call him). He is so...
  • Haley: Made my day we have no reason to complain bout anything
  • Melissa: Sorry typo , thank you again …
  • Melissa: Thank you , LindaJane; I will consider joining. Thank you against for your response .. Be well Melissa
  • Linda J Riley: UPDATE — Since I wrote this story, I have created several support groups: Two on Facebook and...
  • Melissa: For 20 years that had been my life! This last time was so bad , he attacked me then choked his 19 year old...
  • Steve Sumii: Joe, What a beautiful story. I visualized the whole story. The ending where you walk with your dad was...
  • JW: The story now the subject of a documentary aired on Knowledge Network. Video can be seen online at:...
  • http://tinyurl.com/kovalane39421: I really would like to book mark this blog, “Turning Trash Into Beauty – Kat...
  • joybells: wow. i am going through the same journey! thanks for helping me & assisting me with that journey!
  • Noelle Sterne: Fangfang– You have been blessed with a husband and parents who understand that nothing is...
  • Fangfang: Wow … what a strong and passionate article!! Really?? Nothing is wasted?? I am feeling like I have...
  • Pushpa Rawat: sooo lovely and feel of very true friendship forever
  • Tanya Sousa: Hi Diane! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I was so blessed to have her in my life AND to have the...
  • Joyce: Billie, I found your story very interesting and well-written. Some people would have been judgemental about...
  • Diane: Shiri, your article is very interesting and brought tears to my eyes. I have been a dog parent/companion to...
  • Diane Schachter: Tanya, I so enjoyed reading the story of your dog sister. I love how you describe your adventures...
  • Acamea: Thank you James. 🙂
  • Basia: what an inspiring story Elinda!…it must have been sooo hard for U to overcome the fear.., i don’t...
  • Basia: thank U for sharing with us Joseph this story, i enjoyed reading it & found it very moving at the...
  • heidi: Wonderful read. I have three very big dogs. They are my furkids. I have to agree with the leash thing but as...
  • Noelle Sterne: Bob, so glad you find this article helpful. I could wish no greater fruition than your ongoing...
  • heidi: Beautiful to find this blog. My alcoholic is passed out as I type this. We had a lovely morning..so I love...
  • Diane Schachter: Tammy, you did a wonderful thing for Trevor. There should be more people like you in this world.
  • Diane Schachter: What an amazing story.
  • Diane Schachter: Joseph, what a beautiful well-written story.
  • Bob: Great article. Its helping to motivate me for some major changes in my life coming up next year.
  • Basia: for all of those who enjoy writing…this inspiring story is for you, and if you are thinking to quit...
  • James B.: Acamea- Don’t let the few out weigh the mindset of the honest, hardworking men are out there. If a...
  • Chris: Muchas gracias, Barbara! Thank you for your kind words of support and encouragement. Love, Chris
  • Bárbara Rivera: What an interesting story, I am proud of all the things you are doing and your writing talent and the...
  • Amara Rose: Dear Barbara, Thank you so much for your words, which moved me to tears. I only recently learned of the...
  • Barbara Ray: Good Morning, Let me introduce myself to you. My name is Barbara and I would just like to say that I am...
  • Pat Underhill: Awesome writing Mel. Just think I am friends with a published writer. Good Job!!!
  • Michael Finn: What an inspiring story. Amazing, well done.
  • Gerald: Looks like you have another “skidboot” : another one of Gods Greatest Gifts:) i love it:) I got 2...
  • donald: People think these drugs are good for you? check out this link. http://www.youtube.com/watc...
  • aw: thank you for the insight. you have put the perfect words to the jumbled thoughts i know to be true. you reap...
  • sebastien: thank you ……….
  • Danielle: Prescription in hand,crying as i read your story.Thank you for giving me hope.I dont feel like i will never...
  • Michelle: May God Bless you and every blissful moment you cherrish in life!
  • Ilene Jones: Thank you so much for this story, I’m gaining a new insite on my karma with a traveling husband,...
  • Anne Wilson: This was so incredibly beautiful. I cried through the whole thing! You, and Angela, are amazing parents....
  • Dr Mamata Surendranath: Thank you I felt I was reading my own story and this practice has helped me thank you to all
  • Nodie Williams: I LOVE Jesse and what you have done for the honor of the Russell Terrier breed- NO they aren’t...
  • diana: It’s wonderful! And happily. Life is beautiful!
  • supra: i am on cipralex since 1 year nikki i m ok when i have 2 stop this medicine only problem i am facing is...
  • Priscilla K. E. Rodriguez: Thank you for writing and sharing this article. I have been separated for almost two...
  • Riley: I started cipralex a week ago – the air already feels different on my skin. less darkness and more...
  • Aleks: Amazing. So well written, and so timely – I’m having a visit from my demon today, and was reaching...
  • Denise: You are so talented! Your writing is beautiful and adolesence is a terrible, confusing time for many people,...
  • angela: this was the best thing i have ever read and it possibly saved my life. i was so ashamed to go back on...
  • the real glen: you had me at bruised apple sunsets, marry me.
  • Virginia: As others have commented, you have articulated the experience that I too had, although mine was more to do...
  • Pam: Very well written description. Congratulations on your courage to share this. My experience is so similar, but I...
  • Kquintrell: Truly amazing…..I’m living the life you have lived…
  • Jessica: Thank you for sharing your story. Its nice to know I am not alone.
  • joyce: WOW Niki, this piece is so beautifully written. Hope that you will use your talented writting skills to be all...
  • Melissa Trotter: So beautiful..and so sweet!
  • Theresa: Wow! It’s like you’re in my head! It’s nice to know I’m not alone but so sad that...
  • caitlin: incredible, thats all i have to say, im on ciprelex as well and my god, every single thing you have pointed...
  • Neil Tessler: HI Ivor Thanks for sharing your inspiring journey and gorgeous photos! Warm wishes, Dr. T
  • Dave: I’m new to Cipralex but not new to antidepressants….30 years experience. I am happy that you...
  • Anonymous: ‘….unlike hairlines, our creative desires don’t recede with age.’ Love this line. Now to...
  • Eva: I enjoyed reading this piece tremendously.The fabulous description of details really make the story “come...
  • Kristie: 2 weeks so far, hoping cipralex helps me like it did you, I have 2 little girls depending on it.
  • Nancy Oloro Robarts: Thank you for sharing such an amazing experience. I am an animal lover too and your article just...
  • Melissa: I’m speechless… truly struck a cord with me. Beautiful writing.
  • lottie: jesse has such an amazing talent and a round of Aplaws to his owner heather brook too !!!!!!
  • Becky: Heather your video is so inspiring for those training service dogs. Our organization would love to purchase...
  • JudithJean France: Well said. Real transparent reader can feel the emotions. You express what some find impossible to...
  • Amara Rose: Thank you, Flo! I hope you’re following yours ~ this is the moment for everyone to step up to their...
  • Flo: Love the article. Great practical advice for following our dreams.
spacer
corner spacer corner
spacer
Copyright 2010 thriveinlife.ca. All rights reserved. | Privacy Statement
spacer
spacer