• Domestic Abuse

    Who Are Victims of Domestic Abuse?

    Victims of domestic abuse include men and women, husbands and wives, grandparents, children, the elderly, employers and employees, wealthy and poor, and more. Even if you are not the one abused, the atmosphere of abuse and violence impacts your life, sometimes forever. Lately much has been reported and debated by everyone via social media, newsprint, and TV surrounding recent incidences of domestic abuse by professional athletes, entertainers, and ordinary human beings against girlfriends, wives, children. Those who end up labelled victims. However, most coverage focuses on the perpetrator of the abuse and rarely on the abused, the victim. It makes one question whether anyone is taking notice. Because I grew up in an abusive environment,…

  • 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…