you don't have to listen to kiddie music

Originally posted on It took me a few years of Laurie Berkner on repeat being pushed to the very edge of insanity to come to the realization that just because you have kids doesn't mean that you have to listen to crappy kids' music. ...more

Reviewing Finding Me by Michele Knight

 I just finished reading Michele Knight's book , Finding Me, about her survival from 11 years of rape and torture in captivity. Her voice is very direct and clear. She descibes her abuse but leaves some things private, which I applaud her for doing.  She lets us know some of how she struggled and survived. Her abuse was horrendous beyond imagining. She needed to tell her story and I am glad she did. Her determination to live was heroic. She has all my admiration and support. At first, I was concerned that she has apparently had no therapy work on her torment....more

Missing Girls in Nigeria and Fear of Sexual Abuse and Torture

I have been horrified about the abducted girls in Nigeria. As a survivor of sexual abuse and torture as a child, my fears for them are high. I don't know what they have endured ( well I know they where taken from their families against their will) and I don't know what they will endure if they are sold. But I think this news item needs more focus on it than Mr. Sterling. It is an atrocity. Let's hear more reporting and blogs about this. Bless those girls....more

My Prayer for Hamza…

                So much like my son, my beautiful miracle child, I love him so much… This is completely incomprehensible to me… You know, you give birth to these amazing souls, and watch them, despite being domesticated by society, thrive in the wildness of their beings… Traits of kindness and compassion bursting out despite what they see on video games, domestic violence, TV (in th...more

Rehab or Torture: The Fine Line!

When her yoga teacher works on her and has Cece  hold poses for a long time, the heat builds in her body and she feels like she will either faint or throw up.  He says, “Good!  If that happens we’ll deal with it.”  A week after Cece’s shoulder surgery, her PT rotated her surgeried shoulder and Cece cried  for the pain of it.  The PT  said, “I need to feel for rough spots....more

Secret Medical Experiments in Guatemala: Echoes of Tuskegee and More

I wish we didn't have such a deep history of experimenting on a vulnerable, unsuspecting populace. For many years, similar stories of abuse have emerged, perhaps the most famous of all is The Tuskegee Syphilis Study which was conducted for forty years beginning in 1932 and officially ending in 1972. Now, a professor at Wellesley College in Massachusetts discovered that in the 1940's, the U.S. Public Health Service, the NIH, the Pan-American Health Sanitary Bureau and the Guatemalan government experimented without consent on male prisoners and female patients at the Guatemalan National Mental Health Hospital. ...more

Imagine a Different Experiment: Ted Kaczynski and the Murray Experiment at Harvard

I recently read an article from The Atlantic Monthly online titled “Harvard and the Making of the Unabomber.” The author, Alston Chase, has corresponded with Ted Kaczynski at length and also wrote the book A Mind for Murder: The Education of the Unabomber and the Origins of Modern Terrorism....more

Did American Doctors Perform Medical Experiments On Post 9/11 Tortured Prisoners?

This will not be fun or easy to read. But I beg you to read on anyway. There is evidence that medical experimentation may have been done by CIA-employed doctors on post 9/11 tortured detainees. ...more

I agree -- now what can we do to stop this?

~~ Contributing Editor, Mata H. also blogs at ...more

Hatred and the care of the soul

It feels like the world has been morally burning these past few weeks. From the elation of Inauguration Day, we've all had to climb down from our hopes of some immediate transformation of the populace. We've instead found that those of us who felt joy are even more vulnerable to feeling the pain of recent acts of hatred. ...more

Interestingly, when I took Hebrew, the professor told us that the word "Shalom" - usually ...more

Americans are in religious flux - new PEW Forum study

Gone are the days when religious affiliation was an identity assigned at birth. The PEW FORUM on American Religious Life just completed another major survey indicating some surprising changes in the American religious landscape. ...more