book review: “Pearls: meditations on recovery from hair pulling & skin picking”

“Let me touch, so very gently, your aching, balding, bleeding scalp, and release the shaming, binding ties.” So begins Christina Pearson’s heartfelt and poetic book Pearls: Meditations on Recovery from Hair Pulling and Skin Picking. Further into the opening poem: “Your wounded, punctured, mottled skin, Endless landscape of hypnotic entrapment” … “Let me ease your…

Beyond acceptance. Learning to love ourselves and the things (like skin picking) that we don’t love.

Someone in my writing group gave me a far-out book to read. Called The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How my Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There’s Life After Death, it was fascinating and beautiful and prodded me to think about things in a different way. The book was written by a woman whose older brother…