Shocking News…Animals had Legal Rights Before Children

Anyone who knows me is aware of my affection for animals and birds. Once upon a time, I was a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. Vern built large flight cages in our Sacramento County backyard, and I nurtured wounded and sick birds back to health, moved them to the outdoor enclosure, and gave them the best … Continue reading Shocking News…Animals had Legal Rights Before Children

For Readers of JoyRide, We’re Giving Away Copies, Respond by April 30th.

If you've read JoyRide: Life, Death and Forgiveness, share about your reading experience on Amazon.com or Goodreads.com to be entered in a drawing for gift copies of JoyRide. Vern and I are grateful for the dozens of readers who have already shared about their reading experience with us. The feedback has inspired us to continue reaching … Continue reading For Readers of JoyRide, We’re Giving Away Copies, Respond by April 30th.

Guest Tells Attendees How She Used Tragedy to Survive, Teach

From the Albany Democrat Herald by Alex Paul March 14, 2014 7:15 am • Author Pamela Koefoed said growing up with an alcohol-addicted mother was like “trying to survive in a river of crocodiles.” Had Koefoed and her two siblings been fortunate enough to have had CASA mentors, their childhoods would have been much brighter … Continue reading Guest Tells Attendees How She Used Tragedy to Survive, Teach

Catastrophic Parenting: Daddy Shopping & Auntie Mame’s House

Pamela Koefoed’s irresponsible mother Joy Curran had her own ideas about parenting. Children should be allowed to go to bars with their parents, they can be left alone at home for weeks, they should be spoken to as adults, and they should always have good manners. Joy was a charismatic, free-spirited, single parent whose unconventional … Continue reading Catastrophic Parenting: Daddy Shopping & Auntie Mame’s House

The Greatest Human Rights Tragedy

Today I was interviewed on KGAL in Albany, Oregon. April is National Child Abuse Awareness month and in honor of the occasion, I shared the awful truth about child maltreatment in the United States. The average number of abuse reports in our country is around three-million a year, involving six-million children. These figures are frightening … Continue reading The Greatest Human Rights Tragedy

Mother’s Anger

An excerpt from Joyride: life, death and forgivenessThe next day when we came home from school, Mother’s glaring eyes looked like two balls of blue steel. “So! You told your dad I’m never home.” An open beer can was on the coffee table and beside it, a lit cigarette smoldered in a clean ashtray. “Never … Continue reading Mother’s Anger

She Lost Her Son to an Addiction

I was in court last Tuesday, supporting the child advocates who volunteer with the child abuse and neglect advocacy agency that I oversee, when a twenty-eight year old woman entered and sat alone on a bench. I’ll call her Rocky. Nine months ago, when Rocky’s son was removed from her care due to her drug … Continue reading She Lost Her Son to an Addiction