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Eve: Q&A with Dr. Jo Christner

by HOPE Connection

Last month, members of the HOPE community were invited to a screening of the short film, Eve, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Susan Bay Nimoy and HOPE Connection’s Executive Director, Dr. Jo Christner. The film was especially relevant to the … Continue reading

The Uninvited Guest

by M. Linsk

A guest came to visit uninvited without so much as a knock at the door.   Grief arrived… bathed in the empty stillness left by an aching absence, my new companion rests comfortably among reminders of earlier times. Allowing me … Continue reading

The Fourth Act

by Don Phillipson

Don Phillipson is a writer who lives in Thousand Oaks. He was a HOPE Group member until October, 2018.  I sit in a darkened theater, beautiful blue velvet curtains, having just descended, guard the stage. The curtain has just come … Continue reading

Can We Talk?

by Sue Rowen, LMFT

Conversations After The Death Of A Parent Or Spouse by Sue Rowen, LMFT “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and … Continue reading

End of the Road

by Dalia Jones

Five feet tall, forty years old, a steel witness to a life no more.   I open the four drawers and pull out the files. Some slim and clean, others heavy, showing their age. They store happy memories of travel … Continue reading