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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

The Circle of Life

by Lynne Goldklang

“It’s the Circle of Life and it moves us all through despair and hope through Faith and Love.” — From The Lion King These are soulful words though not typical of how we move through life. Our lives are usually experienced in … Continue reading