Deb Brandon: Living in Radiant Color


I drifted towards the light, a white, pure light. I wanted to become one with it. I felt warm, at peace. I was. Time was irrelevant. Until I realizedI was floating in place, no longer drifting upward. I was vaguely disappointed as I regained awareness, awakening into a dark room, my room in rehab. I … Read more


I couldn’t. I wouldn’t. Why did they decide on Phoenix?  Anywhere but Arizona. Especially not Pheonix. I couldn’t do it. I wouldn’t go. I was on the WARP (Weave A Real Peace board, and the rest of the board voted to hold our next annual meeting in Arizona. And as a board member, I … Read more

Safe Environment

Carson burst into song, “I’ve never been to Alaska!” I had trouble suppressing my smile. “That was definitely something boring in an interesting way. Many teachers have a ritual to break the ice with a new group of students. Doug asks them about their favorite flavor of ice cream. Russ hands out index cards asking … Read more

Not Me

Unfiltered sensory input flooded my systems, crowding me out, jamming up my circuits, disrupting connections, limiting my ability to function physically and cognitively. I felt my mind evaporating, scattering. I felt disconnected, detached, from everything on the inside and out. Nothing fit quite right, nothing belonged. As if some entity had removed the content from … Read more