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A Journey of the Heart

This Website tells a love story. Actually, many love stories.


These are not the kind of love stories that will make their way onto the glossy pages of a Hallmark card or romance novel. They are the down-to-earth tales of ordinary people with extraordinary challenges.


Each of the leading characters has been faced with a difficult choice that cannot wait for a better time or more comfortable circumstances. Each person’s thoughts are riveted to the necessity of making an urgent decision. And, until they do, they will reside in a crucible of ultimate proportions.


In these pages, you will find that there is nothing light-hearted or frivolous about any of these stories. There are tens of thousands of moving anecdotes in the Client files of the Nurturing Network .I only wish that the limits of time and space would allow them all to be shared with you.


Each story reveals a similar, inescapable reality born of the fact that whatever choices are made, lasting, life-altering consequences will result. An inescapable urgency and finality contribute to the passion that runs through each of the stories. The dramas take on a familiar form.


There is the initial discovery, followed in a split-second by shock. This wasn’t supposed to happen to me!  Denial moves in to cushion the blow. Then mind-numbing fear settles in. Panic takes over. Frantic thoughts consider a quick fix. That option is dismissed.


There are many reasons.


The last vestiges of figuring an easy way out dissolve. Unbridled fear creeps back in. Self-doubt takes over. What reason is there for courage or personal sacrifice when no one is showing that to me?


Trust is shattered and abject loneliness crowds out rational thought.


A stark realization sets in: No matter what choice is made, my life will be forever changed.


This is the precise moment when we meet encounter the clients of the Nurturing Network.


It is a singular honor
to be invited into any person’s life
when hope is wavering,
faith is obscured,
and love is battered.
These are the most intimate
and cherished of invitations
that have captivated my heart and mind
for over thirty years.


There is nothing weak or inept about a person who turns to someone for help at the most vulnerable time in their life. There is also nothing magic or clever about the first conversation that takes place with each person in this predicament.


Each person in crisis yearns to be reminded of truths they once knew but now desperately need to have refreshed if they are to find their way to a better day:


“You are not alone.
A positive outcome is not too much to ask.
You have more power than you may realize
to shape your own story. “


When these simple messages begin to be heard, the weeping starts to subside. Accusations become less important. Self-pity loses its footing. Shame is relegated to its proper place on the wasteland of guilt.


An unmistakable calm comes over the conversation. The pace slows even as the tone takes on a palpable energy and excitement. Hope begins to take root.


There is room for forgiveness -- even laughter. Options begin to be heard. Rationality returns. Problem-solving makes its way onto center stage. A helpless victim is breaking out of a self-imposed prison that has been in the making for many years. Real resources are being considered and accepted as gifts. Empowering choices are being made.


Tears well up, again.

But this time—with gratitude