Insightful Article About Mediation

mediation linkDivorce coach, Laura Miolla, wrote an article about mediation that’s well worth reading to get a better understanding of why and how mediation works. Check it out by clicking here.
(A tip: if you type in your name and email address when you’re on Laura’s website, MoxieLife, you get to download her “Divorce Survival Guide” for free.)

More Mediocre Poetry

In January, I went on a retreat in Monterey to hear poet and philosopher David Whyte speak. Ever since, I’ve found myself jotting down poems. The difference between my poetry and David Whyte’s poetry can be summed up in six words: his is excellent, mine quite mediocre. However, that hasn’t slowed me down, to the dismay of my husband who is forced to be my sounding board.
—- This poem is about a wife–usually a stay-home mother– who felt she lost herself during her marriage. Through the years I’ve heard this story pour out during many a mediation, usually with great Read More »

Wall of Wisdom

happy face“I learned the hard way that I cannot always
count on others to respect my feelings, even
if I respect theirs. Being a good person
doesn’t guarantee that others will be good
people. You only have control over yourself
and how you choose to be as a person. As for
others, you can only choose to accept them
or walk away.” —Author unknown

How Do I Know Whether Mediation Is Right for Me?

This is a common question I get, so a few years ago I put together an article on this topic and it originally ran on Huffington Post.  I’ve updated the information a bit.  Click here to find that article, entitled “How to Decide Whether to Mediate.”  Also on this same page are other free articles and information which I hope you will find helpful as you navigate your way through divorce.

For more of my articles on divorce, go to my Huffington Post page by clicking here.

For divorce consultation or more information about my services, I can be reached at alison@lemonadedivorce.com.

Successfully Navigating the Legal Process of Divorce

Miolla-player-wide Today I have the pleasure of being a guest on Divorce Sucks: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Doing  it Better, hosted on VoiceAmerica by Laura Miolla (Divorce Coach, creator of MoxieLife.com).  The program airs live today at 10 a.m. California time, 1 p.m. Eastern time.   It’s available on demand at any time after that.  Click here to go to the podcast replay.

New Online Magazine for Single Parents

Solo Parent Magazine  launched this month.  Check it out at http://soloparentmag.com/.  Articles on divorce, parenting, health, money — all geared for single parents. The lineup includes some well-known bloggers. There’s a community chat forum too.  They’re featuring one of my posts, which is how I met the co-founder.

(By the way, I have no financial interest or personal connection to Solo.  I just like what they’re doing.)

-Alison

A Poem for My Father

I didn’t think he cared.
Twice weekly visits
seemed enough for him,
A dinner, a chat, an update
on life and school.
No more, no less.
Neither shallow nor deep.
A hug goodbye, a wave,
the door would shut, we would drive away
and our life would go on.

It wasn’t until years later
in rage, as we crossed
swords and words
that the truth came out.
He’d been lonely, he’d been sad.
Saying goodbye
broke his heart every time.

He hid it behind the man
he’d been raised to be.
A man who holds it inside
and shows no pain.
A man, a family man,
who woke up,
went to work,
wrote the checks
paid the bills
cleaned his kitchen
took out the trash
locked the doors
turned off Read More »

The Cat in My House

Cinder with his best friend Daisy

Cinder (with his buddy Daisy)

Chester  February 2015

Chester
February 2015

Five months ago, our orange and white tabby was hit by a car and killed. Cinder was his name and he was a bit of a local celebrity. The second half of his life he took to roaming the neighborhoods and hanging out at our local high school. He became a fixture there and somehow convinced the teachers and staff to allow him free run of the campus. Most days you could find him sleeping in the classrooms or media lab, on the patio sunning himself, or hanging Read More »