Posts in category "Abuse"

Daydreams or disassociation?

Daydreams or disassociation?
“When I was younger, my mother always said I had selective hearing,” the seminarian said in this morning’s homily. Selective hearing prickled at the edges of my memories. I felt a wave of sadness as I sat in the wooden pews, leaning up against my warm husband and holding his hand. Uh oh. My back... Read more »

Will this petition finally take the Duggars off air?

Will this petition finally take the Duggars off air?
Could we compel TLC finally cancel the show (and all specials) of 19 Kids and Counting? I stumbled across a HuffPo article that linked to a Change.org petition asking TLC to cancel the Duggars because of anti-LGBTQ fearmongering. It’s old news, related to some robocalls in Arkansas that Michelle Duggar recorded that compared transgender people... Read more »

Don't be hatin' on the non-voters

I’m seeing a lot of people talking about judging non-voters, claiming that they have no excuse to NOT vote, and no reason to complain. I used to think that. I was a huge supporter of voting back in high school, when things seemed simpler. I organized the Scholastic Student Vote in the 2004 election for... Read more »
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When the Dam Breaks, Beth Will Fall: Part Three

Trigger warning: childhood sexual abuse. This is the third of three parts written by guest poster Beth Fehlbaum. Previous posts: “Mama June” Could Be My Mother and Moving to Crazy-Town   It turns out, I was the one that I feared would find out what I’d done. The dam holding back the truth about my... Read more »

Moving to Crazy-Town: Part Two

Trigger warning: childhood sexual abuse. This is the second of three parts written by guest poster Beth Fehlbaum. Part 3 will be published tomorrow at noon. Previous post: “Mama June” Could Be My Mother The eighteen months we lived on six acres outside Terrell, Texas, isolated from neighbors and family, were so traumatizing for me... Read more »

“Mama June” Could Be My Mother: Part One

Trigger warning: childhood sexual abuse. This is the first of three parts written by guest poster Beth Fehlbaum. Parts 2 and 3 will be published the next two days at noon.   I’ve never seen a full episode of “Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo.” I could not pick the various family members out of a line-up.... Read more »
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Managing pregnancy news with the extended family (when you are estranged)

Aside from my immediate family, there’s one other family member I have not yet told about the pregnancy news. I still don’t know what to make of her, which is why I’m still trying to figure out a) when to tell her and b) how to tell her and c) how to brace for the... Read more »

When you can't tell family you're pregnant

When you can't tell family you're pregnant
What if you can’t tell your family you’re pregnant? Or some family, but not others? What if you had to worry about your family finding out, and subsequently opening a Pandora’s box of toxic communication? Not all families are supportive and (at least mostly) healthy. If you’ve read some of my earlier blog posts, you... Read more »

On the mountain, surrounded

On the mountain surrounded by the safety of tall trees thin, tall grass bowing in the summer breeze scented by ponderosa vanilla the flowing river, sharp, cold The dry ground is my bed. I am safe here. Nobody can find me I am free. This is my spot, imagined many times over this is setting... Read more »
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It's all in your head : migraines, tuna casserole, and a knee barometer

The dusty pink walls in the living room wobbled as I leaned heavily on the walls on my way to the bathroom. They didn’t spin, and that’s how I knew I didn’t have meningitis, but they lurched around. There’s an old cartoon of Goofy wearing a fishbowl for a head struggling to keep balance–that’s how... Read more »