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Triggers and Healing Trauma

An excerpt from her new book: “Nothing’s for Nothing” (Rose Hip Press)  by Rebekah Demirel, Contributing Writer The term “triggered” describes how something happening in the present moment can bring up emotions from a similar time in the past. Not just … Continue reading

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Alcatraz

  An excerpt from her new book: “Nothing’s for Nothing” (Rose Hip Press) by Rebekah Demirel, Contributing Writer They were kept separate from society, banished to an island, where they would pay for their crimes. Humans instinctively know that the … Continue reading

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My oldest brother

An excerpt from her new book: “Nothing’s for Nothing” (Rose Hip Press) by Rebekah Demirel, Contributing Writer My brother David wasn’t around by the time I was born. He was eighteen years older than me, and from the time he … Continue reading

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Plants and People

An excerpt from her new book: “Nothing’s for Nothing” (Rose Hip Press) by Rebekah Demirel As long as I can remember, planting, watering and weeding has been a solace for me. Pulling weeds feels cathartic and cleansing. You have to … Continue reading

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Trauma, ACES, homelessness and love

An excerpt from her new book: “Nothing’s for Nothing” (Rose Hip Press) by Rebekah Demirel ACEs stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences study. It’s a well-known tool, used by health professionals, social workers and other social-service providers to assess how difficult … Continue reading

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Socks

An excerpt from her new book: “Nothing’s for Nothing” (Rose Hip Books) by Rebekah Demirel All the other little girls at school had clean white socks and I didn’t. I had holey, mismatched “pairs” of grayish ones with no elastic … Continue reading

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Sexual Abuse and Addiction

Trying to soothe the pain An excerpt from her new book: “Nothing’s for Nothing” (Rose Hip Books) by Rebekah Demirel In his bestselling book on addiction, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Dr. Gabor Maté tells of his work serving … Continue reading

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