Wiping tears ends one painful moment

Wiping tears gives us clear vision Wiping her eyes, then nose, seemed to be the signal for the man to quietly walk to a few metres from Sophie’s side. He smiled gently as she apologised, then pointed to the names on the sign made of tin. ‘This may have been done by Emmanuelle’s husband,’ Sophie … Read more

Floods wreck and rebuild communities

Floods draw out community cooperation Floods were not likely on the day Sophie set off in the sunshine, with a fully laden bicycle to catch the train to the most south-western tip of Holland that had been formed after the closure of inlets and estuaries following the 1953 floods. Despite her proximity to this area … Read more

Cycles of Abuse can be stopped

Cycles of Abuse as family norms Cycles of abuse is something we need to confront, Sophie thought as she returned to the dining table where Bea was ready to discuss more of Alida’s story. ‘Tante Emmanuelle told me how Opa’s other woman was always around him. Even Alida and Opa’s children had to call her … Read more

Inter-generational Trauma – start healing today

Inter-generational Trauma – Learning to stop cycles Inter-generational Trauma can get more complicated or We can take steps to heal it so that we don’t pass it on to our children, and grand-children. The first step is becoming aware of what is healthy functioning, because whatever we grow up with is ‘normal’ to us and … Read more