to the moon and back:
a childhood under the influence

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Lisa Kohn’s memoir of being raised in and torn between two conflicting worlds. There was the world she longed for and lived in on weekends – her mother’s world, which was the fanatical, puritanical cult of the Moonies – and the world she was forced to live in during the week – her father’s world, which was based in sex, drugs, and the squalor of life in New York City’s East Village in the 1970’s.

To the Moon and Back

new awards

Silver Medal Award

2019 Shortlist

2018 INDIES Book of the Year

13th Annual Finalist

Honorable Mention

2019 Finalist

You really need to read this book, because it’s awesome.

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Lisa Kohn

Lisa’s long-running blog offers hope and joy to others who may feel beaten or damaged by their upbringing or circumstances.
Lisa shares stories from her past, as well as her challenges, peace, and healing of today.

to the moon
and back

Told with spirited candor,
to the moon and back reveals
how one can leave behind
absurdity and horror and create a life of intention and joy. This is the fascinating tale of a story rarely told in its full complexity.

Coaching, Consulting, & Speaking

As a Chatsworth Consulting Group Partner, Lisa focuses on leadership consulting and executive coaching, spending time speaking, writing, teaching, and presenting approaches to life and business.

Lisa Kohn Writes

Where I put my attention is up to me…

I’m pretty sure I’m repeating myself, but I don’t really care. First, I think this is worth repeating, and second, I, for one at least, need to hear it over and over (and over) again. Where I put my attention is up to me. What I focus on is my choice. What I keep in...
There is healthy anger!

There is healthy anger!

I am still wrapping my head around this. I know I’m not the only one, because when I share this thought with my clients, they inadvertently pause to write it down and take it in. Anger is not bad. It is not evil or sinful or “Cain-like” as I was taught. Anger is,...

Be (with) me

Be (with) me

Before we began our yoga practice, the instructor encouraged us to set an intention for our practice. Mine was clear. Be me. Be me fully, wholly, and completely. I am playing more and more with letting myself just be – as I am, with no need to be better or try harder...

Leap to freedom

Leap to freedom

This powerful poem by ansel elkins was pasted in my Facebook group for Moonie Second Gens. It floored me. I don’t know if it resounds as deeply and mind-shatteringly for people who weren’t raised with strict, confining religious teachings – and specifically strict and...

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ran 3 miles in 11:09

I know that’s not fast, but it’s fast for me

especially now

especially after everything

I feel myself healing and also I feel myself not ‘there’ yet

as it slowly sinks in that I had cancer last year

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Jefferson Airplane concert in Central Park

my relationship with Danny (my dad) was complex to say the least, but here I can feel the love he couldn’t express

tomorrow is his celebration at @raoulsrestaurantnyc

I miss you Danny

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your background, your behaviors, your attitude , your perspective

how can I recognize, accept, and celebrate even more

let me be me

let you be you

as long as there's not harm, recognize, accept, and celebrate

#tothemoonandback #thoughtfulleaders #baldisbeautiful #IGotOut

today is my first chemoversary

one year out from my last infusion of perfect poison

it’s huge

the first two years are heavily scanned

I’m halfway thru

and feeling more like myself

I wouldn’t be here without the support from all of you

#tothemoonandback #baldisbeautiful

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