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My Journey of Hope

by Lynne Goldklang

At HOPE Connection, we have a tradition that we encourage every group member to participate in. It is the simple act of saying goodbye to other group members and the group therapist when a member moves from one group to … 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

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

No Ruined Stone

by Shara McCallum

When the dead return they will come to you in dream and in waking, will be the bird knocking, knocking against glass, seeking a way in, will masquerade as the wind, its voice made audible by the tongues of leaves, … Continue reading

A “Goodbye” to HOPE Connection

by HOPE Connection

Man’s feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and of farewell – Jean Paul Richter, writer, 1763-1825 At HOPE Connection, we encourage every group member to say goodbye to other group members and the group therapist when they move from one … Continue reading