+NUMBER ONE? CHILDREN’S TRAUMA. (I think I’ve said this before. STOP IT!)


Friday, May 29, 2015.  The hearts of those who want to know the truth about trauma, and the truth about children exposed to trauma, are increasingly beginning to beat in syncopation.  My evening is vanishing at-the-speed-of-night and I MUST eat my dinner now and then practice piano….  BUT I absolutely did not want to walk away before I at least managed to create this post about what follows….


How poverty changes a mother’s brain and her baby’s as well

By JENNY BRUNDIN (May 19, 2015, Colorado Public Radio website)


I would want to know about the fathers.  Mothers are not the only people responding to infant needs.  I would want to know about women not specifically “in poverty” by a dollar determination, perhaps, but whose lives may have shifted into a different kind of destitution from TOO MUCH on their plate without the support they – or their family – need to NOT suffer from this kind of stress-related physical and emotional poverty that might not show up in research considerations such as those discussed at this link above.

Any society, in my opinion, whose primary concern is NOT about providing all that is needed for mothers — as infants’ “first providers” — and their entire “attachment village” to be safe and secure in ever necessary way, is on a downward slide toward and is destined for abysmal failure – or hopefully – positive change.


This is another excellent site for information and connection

Center for Youth and Wellness

You will find a link on this page to a TED talk by pediatrician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris who states:

The science is clear, early adversity dramatically affects health across a lifetime…The single most important thing we need today is the courage to look this problem in the face and say this is real and this is all of us.”

This is the direct link to the TRANSCRIPT of her most excellent talk!

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

Here is another 2015 talk by Dr. Harris and an article about her work (and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) findings) by Stephanie M. Lee at this link —

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris gets to the heart of children’s stress

Lee states:

As Dr. Nadine Burke Harris treated child after child, something told her she wasn’t getting the full picture.

Most of her young patients at the Bayview Child Health Center were from the surrounding, predominantly African American neighborhood in southeastern San Francisco. Their home lives were largely plagued by poverty, domestic abuse and chaos, and later in life, many of them developed chronic illnesses. But were the two related?

About seven years ago, Burke Harris read a study that finally connected the dots. Childhood exposure to trauma was strongly and scientifically linked to all kinds of ailments and risky behaviors: heart disease, hepatitis, autoimmune disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression and suicide.”  MORE HERE

AND – a VIDEO HERE – ACEs – A Public Health Crisis

Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are “the leading public health issue of our time.”  A public health crisis requires a public health response that includes all of us. Please join the movement because health begins with hope!” (Published on Dec 10, 2014)


Here is a recommendation for an upbeat, heart-filled, GIANT of a blogspot about creative, respectful and loving education of young children by – none other than – TEACHER TOM!  Please take a look – and ENJOY!  You can scroll down a bit and find a “subscribe (free) button” for this wise and joyous blog!  (AND there are PICTURES galore!)

Just to give you a small teaser-taste from this teacher’s smorgasbord, take a read here!

“But She Has All The Balls” – (Monday, May 25, 2015)


Here is our first book out in ebook format.  Click here to view or purchase –

Story Without Words:  How Did Child Abuse Break My Mother?

It lists for $2.99 and can be read by Amazon Prime customers without charge.


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NOTE:  I am still stuck with this new version of the blog’s posting page that I do not like and cannot get out of.  It has refused to post or include my chosen tags:

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