A Eulogy of Sorts for the Mother I Knew Too Briefly

A Eulogy of Sorts for the Mother I Knew Too Briefly

I am an orphan in fact now, not by design, though I was that as well. My mother died Friday evening, March 20. Hazel Elaine Smith (Ewing), 90 years old, who said a year ago she hoped she’d fall asleep and never wake up and was ticked as the dickens when the sun rose...
Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Madness Stops With You

Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Madness Stops With You

There is a saying, “The madness stops here.” Yes. The madness stops here. It means that my background will not be my children’s. It means, for my son and daughter, incest stopped at my generation. The tangled web we humans weave has emotional tentacles far more...