Your Last 24

Featured in the Chester County Press and on my recent book review of Kendall Keeler’s debut I was blessed to have a conversation with the author himself. Kendall agreed to sit down with all of us here on Crutchprints in the Sand and talk a little more about the first book in his Legacy Journal…

To Unmask = Sin and Poor Witnessing? I think not.

During this time of Covid-19, I’ve read many things by well-meaning Christians that seem to imply certain behaviors carry the weight of sin behind them. Specifically, I am speaking of compliance or noncompliance to governmental/business guidelines of social distancing, wearing masks, etc. I’ve read articles in newspapers, emails, and viewed social media postings that accuse…

Reframing: Social Interaction is a Need

As I scroll through social media posts and hear stories of various emotional responses to the Covid-19 Quarantine, I have been surprised to be confronted with an aspect of isolation I had not considered. It never occurred to me that limiting social contact would have a profound effect on so many. Even with the presence…

The Case for a Classic Ending

“A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.” Mark Twain In our current popular culture of music, literature, and even film, there is a demand for satisfaction and I daresay there seems to be unspoken demands for only happy endings. Movies seem to have all loose ends tied…

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Changes in seasons, particularly winter months, can be a catalyst for trauma symptoms to resurface or even for survivors to feel like they are regressing suddenly. The appearance of regression will often bring a survivor down and discourage them to stop their journey or counseling altogether due to depression or simply giving up for a…

Can Family & Friends Suffer from Secondary Trauma?

Secondary traumatic stress is a risk when we support and engage wholeheartedly with a trauma survivor. More recently, secondary traumatic stress has come to the front as an issue separate from burnout, and it should be addressed. While burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by long-term involvement in emotionally demanding…

Exploring the Issue: Private Foster Home Breakdown and Retention

When we went through the rigorous process to become a licensed private foster home, there was so much we didn’t know. Furthermore, there was so much we weren’t told. Things like 25% of foster homes close within the first 2.5-3.8 months. By one year another 25% close. All in all, 75% of foster homes are…

Between us Girls – Disabled Dating Advice

As I review the statistics on this blog the most sought after topic and search terms used to bring readers to my site are surprisingly about romance. #Amputee love, disabled love, romance with a disabled person, can a disabled person find love, is dating possible for disabled people, love in a wheelchair, are just a…

Dear 16 yr. old Ashly…

July 5, 2019  (30th Anniversary of being Cancer-free) Dear 16 yr. old Ashly, There is so much in life that you are pushing through and you don’t have to. It’s OK to be who you are, to accept the fact that you really do have a disability and that it is not at all tied…

5 Ways to Let Go of the Past (Worksheet)

5 Ways to LET GO of the Past Worksheet Based on the Crutchprints.com article by Ashly P. Ash   ReProcess: Describe the situation you are having trouble letting go of?   When I think of this situation, I feel these emotions:   What typically triggers you to feel this way?  (Is it around a certain…