Friday, December 31, 2021
Thursday, December 30, 2021
About Night Bloomers
• Publisher: Ixia Press (September 16, 2020)
• Paperback: 224 pages
What if there are people, just like some flowers, who require the dark to bloom?
When we are plunged into the dark and difficult times in life, one of three things can happen next: the darkness can destroy us; it can leave us relatively unchanged; or it can help to transform us. In this hope-inspiring guide, clinical psychologist, Michelle Pearce, PhD, provides practical tools and wisdom for transforming and thriving in adversity and loss.
Just as some flowers require the dark to bloom, there are some people who do their best growing and becoming during dark and challenging times. In “Night Bloomers,” Pearce teaches us how to adopt the perspective of a Night Bloomer and to use the soil of adversity to grow something beautiful in our lives.
With a compassionate voice, Pearce shares her clinical expertise, her own journey through the dark, and inspiring stories of other Night Bloomers to help individuals learn how to heal and transform their lives not in spite of their difficult times, but because of them.
Drawing upon the research on post-traumatic growth, we are given a dozen practical approaches for transforming loss, pain, and suffering into positive growth and transformation. Each chapter explains an empirically based principle for handling adversity, followed by insightful writing prompts designed to help us experience the principle personally.
“Night Bloomers” guides us through the dark times in life, making them a fertile place to grow and become in ways we couldn’t have done so in the light.
About Dr. Michelle Peace
Dr. Michelle Pearce is a clinical psychologist and Professor in the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Pearce is also a board-certified health and wellness coach, author, researcher, writing for wellness facilitator, and spiritual seeker.
After obtaining her PhD from Yale University, she completed two post-doctoral fellowships at Duke University Medical Center. She is licensed to practice psychotherapy in Maryland.
Dr. Pearce is the author of “Night Bloomers: 12 Principles for Thriving in Adversity” and “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Christians with Depression: A Tool-Based Primer.” She is also co-author of “Religion and Recovery from PTSD.”
She lives in Maryland, and when she’s not writing, you can find her salsa dancing or hiking in the woods.
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
“His surviving children find themselves pawns in a game between the great families of England and the powers of Europe who vie for control of the country.
“The series will depict Elizabeth’s struggles to control her own destiny and take real power as the men around her attempt to claim her sovereignty.”
Set in New York at the close of the 19th century, the nine-part drama series finds its heroine in Marian Brook, played by Louisa Jacobson in her acting debut. When her father passes away, Marian must relocate from the Pennsylvania countryside to New York, with her moneyed aunts, Agnes van Rhijn (Christine Baranski) and Ada Brook (Cynthia Nixon), taking her in as a companion.
It takes a remarkable writer to make an old story as fresh and compelling as the first time we heard it. With The Winter King, the first volume of his magnificent Warlord Chronicles, Bernard Cornwell finally turns to the story he was born to write: the mythic saga of King Arthur.
Monday, December 27, 2021
And now for my Secret Santa gift, which actually turned out to be from my SIL Hayley. She knows me far too well, and got me literally everything I love and will use, right down to the gorgeous basket it came in.
First, can we talk about this gorgeous nail polish? Like, how well does she know me? I love all colors, but without a doubt my go to colors are pinks, light pinks, nudes and so forth. This one is such a beautiful shade of pink.