Social Distancing Can Bring Fears Closer

Last night, I had a dream that spoke to my deepest anxiety… more on that anxiety in a bit. First, the dream: I was attending a work session with a group of teachers with which I currently work. I could see their faces, or at least my brain’s mashed up version of their faces. ThereContinue reading “Social Distancing Can Bring Fears Closer”

It is Sexual Abuse, not Politics

I had no intention of making this blog mostly focus on sexual abuse when I started it. It was going to just be a fun outlet where I could continue to feed my passion of writing … while sharing stories aimed at connecting with others. Then, I had to go and share my childhood hereContinue reading “It is Sexual Abuse, not Politics”

A Patriotic Plea from an Abuse Survivor

One of my favorite things about summer is the 4th of July fireworks. I love the drama, noise and the way they light up the dark sky.  I’m not a “backyard-let’s set off our own fireworks” type of girl. I’m a “big show, loud booms, beautiful big lights” type of girl. Our town does theContinue reading “A Patriotic Plea from an Abuse Survivor”

One Survivor’s Reaction to “Leaving Neverland”

“For me, this moment transcends Michael Jackson. It is much bigger than any one person. This is a moment in time that allows us to see this societal corruption.” -Oprah Winfrey, during her hour-long special about “Leaving Neverland” As I did with the Lorena Bobbitt documentary I write about here… I hesitated watching “Leaving Neverland”.Continue reading “One Survivor’s Reaction to “Leaving Neverland””

Lorena: Oh How Far We’ve Come (Need To Go)

This past Sunday morning, I breezed through Amazon Prime’s new series focused on the Lorena Bobbitt case. I was actually irritated when I realized it was 10:30 am and I hadn’t fed my family yet… so I had to pause watching. With the pause, I still finished the series that day. The Bobbitt case happenedContinue reading “Lorena: Oh How Far We’ve Come (Need To Go)”

Arrested Development

Until recently, these two words strung together only brought up images of the Bluths, bananas, and bad real estate deals. Lately, though, these two words are bouncing around my brain without attachment to the hilarious sitcom with that title. My guess is my childlike behavior during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays is what’s lighting thoseContinue reading “Arrested Development”

When Hope Seeps In

I feel like I need to end this week on a higher note. For many in my current town, it has been emotionally draining. My past three posts… here is the first, and the second one, and then the third is here, have all been draining and dark. I have to admit, I only have a coupleContinue reading “When Hope Seeps In”

“That’s a pretty good offer for a girl like me.” Part 2

I don’t think we have anything for you.   You’re obviously in the wrong place. -Sales lady at Boulmiche, Rodeo Drive, Pretty Woman As promised in my previous blog (link here), it is time to talk about my second abusive relationship. I had planned on writing the blog the day after the previous one, and moveContinue reading ““That’s a pretty good offer for a girl like me.” Part 2″

“…for a girl like me.”

That is the end of one of my favorite quotes from my all-time favorite movie. The movie: Pretty Woman I remember going to see Pretty Woman at a movie theater in 1990.  The movie instantly became my favorite. I am not joking. I loved it deeply, right away.  I cannot tell you the number ofContinue reading ““…for a girl like me.””

Sexual Assault: When Your Kids Need to Know More

My heart is aching this morning. I won’t be telling the details of why, but I want everyone reading this to know… tears have been shed and I am in a state of sadness. The #MeToo movement has shed even more light on sexual assault this week, and the victims have cast a net that hasContinue reading “Sexual Assault: When Your Kids Need to Know More”