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The Patriarchy’s Been Angry at Me Since I was Born. Why Can’t I Be Angry at the Patriarchy?

Someone recently pointed out to me, about an in-person conversation, but after the fact, that while speaking about something I had gotten "excited", "agitated, "worked up" ... or maybe "hostile?" 'What was I talking about?' I asked. "It was something about the patriarchy," she answered, trying to explain why communication failed between me and a … Continue reading The Patriarchy’s Been Angry at Me Since I was Born. Why Can’t I Be Angry at the Patriarchy?

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Hospitals (aka Letters from the Looney Bins)

  May 15, 2013 I’m in the jungle. That’s what they call this place. Several times a day, someone throws a chair at the chained double doors, and almost everyone talks to themselves. There’s lots of chatter, but no conversation. As of today, I look just as crazy. I pulled the bottom of my sweatshirt … Continue reading Hospitals (aka Letters from the Looney Bins)

PTSD: NOT JUST A VETERANS PROBLEM

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder acknowledgement, funding, research and treatment is largely focused on war veterans. But research shows that the most pervasive, chronic form, Complex PTSD, stems from childhood and/or adult trauma, especially sexual and physical abuse. While many men experience non-combat related trauma, women are twice as likely to experience PTSD and C-PTSD, and … Continue reading PTSD: NOT JUST A VETERANS PROBLEM

Why I Stayed and What I Had to Do to Get Out

It took me a long time to finish writing this. I began when I saw the security camera footage taken from the elevator in which football star Ray Rice knocked out his fiance, Janay Palmer. As much as I thought the media exploited the video by replaying it over and over again, and as much as I … Continue reading Why I Stayed and What I Had to Do to Get Out

Homecoming: A brief interview with myself circa 2016.

I knew a woman once: an alluring charmer, a scandalous raconteur, whose wit either offended, induced rollicking tears, or both. She went to parties and drew attention with her laughter. Everything was funny to her, especially her own mind, which she sometimes expressed with ease, eliciting the response she'd designed. But occasionally she left the punch … Continue reading Homecoming: A brief interview with myself circa 2016.

Climbing Out of the Hole – this time with help.

I turned a corner, and it's a long story how. I almost didn't make it this time. I really almost didn't. One night it was pure manners that kept me alive. I would never disrespect the family I live with by introducing that kind of trauma into their beautiful life protected by a bubble of … Continue reading Climbing Out of the Hole – this time with help.