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K-9 Therapy by Cylvia Hayes

K-9 Therapy by Cylvia Hayes

​My dog doesn’t wear a special official-looking vest.  She hasn’t been trained or certified for any special abilities.  She’s not welcome in grocery stores or hospitals.  But, she is most definitely a service dog, providing me with a continuous flow of mental health therapy. Tessa and I have shared our lives for seven years.  She […]

What’s in Your Shopping Cart? by Cylvia Hayes

What’s in Your Shopping Cart? by Cylvia Hayes

A friend of mine recently had a dream about me and was kind enough to jot it down in an email. It went something like this.  She and I are sitting high up on the rungs at the top of a tall, arching bridge.  Somehow I have a shopping cart up there with me.  In […]

Simple Human Kindness by Cylvia Hayes

Simple Human Kindness by Cylvia Hayes

Sometimes it is the absence of a thing that reveals its true value.  Until recently I had not adequately appreciated simple human kindness. In the aftermath of my life taking a drastic, unexpected and very public turn, I was embarrassed and nervous about how people would react to me. My first trip back to the […]

People That Stick by Cylvia Hayes

People That Stick by Cylvia Hayes

When the first few people said, “Well, you’re going to find out who your friends are,” I didn’t really pay it much mind. That changed over the next many months. Going through a prolonged, intense, public ordeal would prove to be like running a marathon.  Some people showed up for me at the starting line.  […]

Control and Surrender by Cylvia Hayes

Control and Surrender by Cylvia Hayes

Feeling out of control of events that are affecting me has always been very, very difficult for me.  This was instilled early on when my family fell apart and my parents lost control of themselves.  I worked hard, young, to control some of this, protect myself, my little brother, my animals from the storm that […]