September 2009 - Posts

Elizabeth’s Story

My one recurrent prayer in high school was to live long enough to move out of my parents’ house. Every night at bedtime I had wanted to kill myself. Images of me dead, ways of dying, and an overwhelming sense of oppression invaded my nighttime thoughts...

Kathleen's poems

Mother’s Law I do not know why my mother Chose to hurt me; How her life was twister Or why her love so painful. I only know that by every law Sacred to all mothers She betrayed her daughter. My mother broke my heart. Perhaps her mother also betrayed And...

Claire's Story

I’ll tell you right from the start that this is a story that has a good ending. Well, a good enough ending. “Super mom,” I’m not. But my child is eight now, and, by my standards; I’d have to say that he’s having a normal childhood. And he seems to think...

Jennie's Story

"THE FOUND TREASURE, MY VOICE" I grew up in an alcoholic home, the second of four children (three girls and one boy). We were all one year apart in age. My father was violent and abusive, my mother extremely needy and passive. As a little girl...