I am Woman, Hear Me Roar. My feelings regarding the recent sex-abuse scandals.

Read the full post here.  If you're a Momma like me, the recent scandals at Penn State, and now, ...more

Nov 18: Dreaming the Truth

Nov 18: Dreaming the Truth This is the final installment of my Iowa posts....more

I Am Not Giving Up

Yesterday, I got this email in my inbox:Dear Jo,Thank you so much for sharing your story on BlogHer.com – I’m so glad it was able to reach so many people. I’d like to feature your follow-up post today on the homepage of BlogHer.com....more
@Hopin2bHappy Thank you friend. You all supporting me helps me be brave.more

Where Has Morality Gone?

NaBloPoMo: Has Anything Traumatic Happened to You?

NaBloPoMo BlogHer Prompt: Has anything traumatic ever happened to you? Describe the scenes surrounding a particular eventDental Tools*There is a trigger warning on this post for child abuse and survivor’s guilt*...more

Guest Post at Raising My Boychick: Uninvited

Today, I am deeply honored to have a guest post at Raising My Boychick, entitled “Uninvited.” We all struggle with parenting at times. This is what it’s like for me to parent as I recover from trauma....more

Riled Up/Call for Change

Have you seen that video yet about the 16-year old girl that secretly taped her father beating her with a belt for 8 minutes? Me neither. Actually, I watched the first 30 seconds. I couldn't make myself go on. But here's an article that will fill you in on the details: click here. And it's not just the beating that's horrifying, but him screaming at her that he's going to beat her "into submission" and her mother telling her to turn over and take it like a woman. Yeah. She said that....more

Cry to Heaven

Have you ever read that book?  It was one of Anne Rice's earlier novels.  Historical fiction so well researched, so lushly written, that it read as life.  As fact.  I read it as a teenager, during my semi-goth phase, when all things supernatural and all things sex were wicked and fascinating and so much more interesting than my boring, tedious, limited life.  Cry to Heaven is the title because the characters are Italian Catholic and that is what one does when everything hurts....more
Thanks, Virginia. I'm not very good at taking at easy, but I'm trying! I think my Mum is using ...more

Birthdays, school and more travels!

It is official; we have been here for one month! We had a big week of birthday celebrations; school started for me, and more travels.  It is absolutely amazing here this time of year.  Perhaps I am in love with my surroundings, so it may be impossible for me to find anything to dislike, but only time will tell.  The pines of Montana are nothing short of majestic but did nothing to prepare me for an autumn of such color.  My surroundings are mainly deciduous and have just begun to turn.  I can hardly wait!...more

Unfinished Business

He did it.This Boy who screamed and clawed, slashed and kicked, burned and threatened and then begged to be held.  This Boy whose biological mother gave him nothing.  And who fought every day to get back to her....more