Who Am I? A Look at the Victims of Domestic Violence

Who am I? I am your mother, your daughter, your sister, your co-worker, your neighbor and your friend.  I am your nurse, your hair stylist, your chiropractor and your son’s piano teacher.  I am the lady in line next to you at the grocery store.  I am the woman sitting beside you Sunday morning at church.  And I am a victim of domestic violence....more

This Valentine's Day...Love Yourself Enough

“Happiness comes from within. It is not dependent on external things or on other people. You become vulnerable and can be easily hurt when your feelings of security and happiness depend on the behavior and actions of other people. Never give your power to anyone else.”~ Brian L. Weiss...more

Enough! Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act

Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way. ― Martin Luther King Jr. ...more

Face Your Fears

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror....more
 @HomeRearedChef  Thank you for your comments.  I wish BlogHer had some way of notifying when we ...more

Why I Will Not Remain Silent

“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” ―    Martin Luther King Jr. Today a friend remarked that he didn't understand how I could continue writing about my story without going crazy.  How could I keep reliving my abuse?So I question, "Why AM I still writing?  Should I stop?"...more
I for one am glad you continue blogging about this subject. People do need to know it ...more

Where's My Happily Ever After?

I am grieving for a marriage that is never to be. Certainly, I am extremely grateful for my son. Having him in my life fills my heart with light and love. But at times when I'm feeling sorry for myself, I begin to feel robbed of the false fairy tale of getting married, having two kids, and living happily ever after. ...more
Happily ever after is a myth that is sold to us in childhood through fairytales...it only sets ...more

For the Love of a Child

"Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to  have your heart go walking around outside your body."  ~Elizabeth Stone This is the story of how I met my abuser and how I found the strength to leave....more

Healing the Wounds of Domestic Violence with Art

Art therapy has proved a useful mental health treatment for people who have experienced trauma, grief and loss, depression, chronic illness, substance abuse, and more. Would it work to heal the pain of domestic abuse? This is the story of a brave survivor who found solace and peace through her sketches. ...more
I believe in this.  As my family and children have met some difficult times in the last year, ...more

Are You Sure There's No War on Women? My Health Story

Are you absolutely certain there is no Republican "war on women"? Because I'm a little frightened to be a woman in this country right now, and from where I'm standing, I feel like I am under attack. Women are being bombarded with legislature at the state and federal level aimed at taking away our rights. And Republicans are leading the charge. ...more
We need a new word. Rush Limbaugh recently reminded us that the only words for sexually active ...more

Heal Your Body and Your Mind Will Follow

"I finally realized that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself.”- Oprah Winfrey...more
 @MariaWoodEvents  Thanks, Maria!  I have even started to eat blueberry Greek yogurt now, ...more