• Child Abuse,  Emotional Abuse,  Guest Post,  Healing through Writing,  Verbal Abuse

    Silenced Voices of Abused Children

    Today I am pleased to join Gwen Plano on her blog, From Sorrow to Joy–Perfect Love. Last week Gwen visited me, and now I have the privilege of visiting Gwen. I hope you’ll come over and read my post and take a look around Gwen’s blog. Silenced Voices of Abused Children A little spoken of tragedy in our world is the silenced voices of abused children. Voices silenced for a variety of reasons are a hindrance to well-adjusted lives and justice for these children. Their scars are invisible, etched in tiny hearts and minds forever. I was born in 1946, the first year of Baby Boomers. Our parents adhered to…

  • Healing through Writing,  Letters to Mama,  Memoir,  Writing

    Is Memoir Writing Always a Healing Agent?

    Earlier this week after reading a post on Marion Roach’s blog by Jill Smolowe, author of Four Funerals and a Wedding , I felt I may have held my theory on the healing benefit of writing memoir a bit too tightly. So tightly in fact that I took a step back and re-read Smolowe’s post, Finding the Message in Memoir. The result of that re-reading and analysis on my part is this post. Granted there are more than two views on the healing benefit of writing memoir, but here I share only two with you, mine and Jill Smolowe’s. In her post, which I strongly encourage you to read, Smolowe points…

  • Healing through Writing,  Letters to Mama,  Memoir,  Writing

    Living with Fear | Guest Post on An Untold Story with Sue Mitchell

    I am honored to be with Sue Mitchell at An Untold Story sharing a portion of my story. I do hope you’ll follow me over to Sue’s blog to read the rest.Note: As Sue and I discussed this guest post and using an excerpt from my work-in-progress, I expressed thoughts about a memoir I had just read. In that life story, the writer’s experiences somewhat paralleled my own. The author’s words opened up new avenues of thought and reflection I’d never expected to experience. I’m writing my story hoping to touch others so that they too may begin to think, reflect and heal. Living with Fear Young children scare easily—a tough…

  • Healing through Writing,  Letters to Mama,  Memoir,  Writing

    Hope and Fear: Inseparable Emotions

    Today I am visiting with Susan Weidener at her blog, Women’s Writing Circle. I do hope you will join us for a discussion of hope and fear and what makes them inseparable as emotions. Come on over! “Hope and fear are inseparable. There is no hope without fear, nor any fear without hope.” ~ François de La Rochefoucauld (French memoirist, 1613-1680) What strange companions these two emotions are. Hope presents all we see as positive, and fear just the opposite showing all we believe negative. And yet, they are inseparable. As a child growing up, I knew fear. My mother disciplined using fear in the form of verbal and emotional…

  • Interviews,  Memoir,  Writing

    Giving the Inner Child a Voice — An Interview at Journal with Sue

    Today I’m visiting with Susan Rowland at her blog, Journal with Sue. I was honored when Susan invited me to answer some interview questions about writing through pain. In writing memoir, some of us find our writing dredges up painful memories and thus, we must write through our resurrected pain.  * * * 1)      How do you as a writer deal with hurt or trauma? Susan, this is a good question. I thought when I started writing that the childhood hurts and trauma would not still be fresh enough to be bothersome. Was I ever wrong! With each word, sentence or paragraph, I felt myself cringing at some of the…