My parents separated for the first time when I was 6 years old. I didn’t understand what was happening. I was told we were moving and would be closer to Grandma and Grandpa. This excited me. I don’t recall feeling extraordinary loss at the time and it didn’t take long for my father to follow… Continue reading What I Never Wanted
In telling part of my story in a very public way for the first time I was able to chip away at some of the paralyzing fear he left me with.
Earlier this week a California judge ordered that actress Kelly Rutherford’s two young children be returned to the United States after an appallingly bad decision from another judge that the children be ripped from their mother and only known caregiver to go live with their German father in France because his visa had expired. If… Continue reading To Have Faith and Courage While Being Afraid
We can teach young girls and women ways that they can stay safe or we can start teaching men and boys not to rape.
So the National Day of Unity has come and gone and the event that I had planned for Montclair, NJ was not a blazing success. Only a few people showed up and because of this they just wanted to go home. I was very disappointed. I had set high expectations. I mistakenly thought that just… Continue reading Day of Unity in Montclair. Kind of.
"The important thing about being a person with a story to tell is that you break the silence and try to raise awareness that this happens to women of all different ages, all different ethnicities, income levels, education levels — it happens in every religion, in every community." -Leslie Morgan Steiner, Domestic violence survivor and… Continue reading A Case of Nerves
"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. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do." -Eleanor Roosevelt There… Continue reading The Presence of Greatness
"Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes." -Maggie Kuhn Not quite two years ago I walked into a church and it changed my life. I was not saved and I did not find Jesus, I am still an atheist, but to my surprise that is actually OK. Spending time with Unitarian Universalists, and discovering… Continue reading A Big Day
Two years ago this week my grandmother died. She and I were not close, in fact she had disowned me when I was a teenager. I had been trying to reestablish a relationship for a few years before she died. She loved my little boy, though and I wanted to be there when she died.… Continue reading A Vote of Confidence