It was a Saturday morning, and I had gotten there early to beat the crowd, hopefully not running into anyone I knew. Sometimes I like to keep to myself when I do my shopping because I’ve worn my worst pair of jeans, I have minimal make-up on that was put on in the dark, and … Continue reading Do you believe in Angels?
My granddaughter LOVES fairies! Well, up until about a few weeks ago she did. I can see the mystique waning a little bit, as she just turned 8 years old, and that just breaks my heart a little, but I understand and I of course have been through this with my children as they left … Continue reading Lillian and her fairies
Remember back in 2014 when Ray Rice, ex- NFL player, hit his then fiancé, Janay Palmer, in an Atlantic City hotel so hard it knocked her out cold? That video is hard to watch as he drags her unconscious body out of the elevator. I remember everyone kept asking Janay, "how can you stay with … Continue reading The right question
My article today was inspired by Elizabeth Mosley-Banks's article "10 'Harmless' Things You Say that Hurt Me" (Elizabeth Mosley-Banks). She lives with bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder and writes to increase kindness by educating others and letting those who have BPD and OCD know that they are not alone. After reading her article about … Continue reading What Not to Say
There are no guarantees he won’t abuse you again, and unfortunately, the chances are high that he will abuse you again if he's not addressing his problems in an accountability group and therapy. If your husband has physically or sexually harmed you, or if there is a pattern of verbal, emotional, or mental abuse, there … Continue reading My husband tells me he won’t hit me again, but how can I know for sure?
What we believe about ourselves is exposed during a divorce. And for a woman divorcing an abusive man, her self-esteem is pretty much shot to hell. You can tell by what she's willing to give up. I've seen women give up houses, cars, investment accounts, alimony, (thankfully by law they can't refuse child support!) because … Continue reading You’re worth at least half
Marriage is a long-term commitment and a life time of promise and hope of being together. The contract and the commitment anchor us to get through the storms of life. In a healthy marriage, that's a beautiful and good thing as it shores us up and provides stability and cohesion for generations. But in an … Continue reading The problem with me and my abusive marriage
My husband and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary this weekend and stayed on Mackinaw Island and then took a boat tour of the magnificent Pictured Rocks in Munising Michigan. On the Island, everyone has the most stunning gardens. The flowers are bigger and more colorful than I've ever seen; like you see in Mexico … Continue reading Pictured Rocks and A Lot of Good Men
Twenty plus years later, I still remember the shame I felt after it happened. My parents had moved back to Atlanta to run their business, and my then-husband and I decided to visit them. I grew up in Atlanta so it was "my" town and I was excited to show him the city where I … Continue reading The hair barrette
During the very tumultuous pre-teen years of a young girls’ life, I attended a conservative Christian school in the deep South. I use the term “Christian” generously like I do when I butter my bread, but I can assure you that my experience in this school was not as smooth or sweet. My first bitter … Continue reading Miss Davis Eyes