Tag: abuse

  • Misplaced Sense of Shame

    Misplaced Sense of Shame

      Alienation. To be estranged, hostile or indifferent, especially where attachment formerly existed. We most typically think of alienation as the thing that occurs when couples separate or divorce. Alienation always precedes such break-ups. Bookstores have a wide swath of self-help books for those dealing[..]
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  • Writing My Way Through Fears

    Writing My Way Through Fears

      For the past several years, I have amassed hundreds of pages of documents and photos, and conducted a bevy of interviews in order to write the book I'm currently at work on. It's a true crime story. Several of you have heard me talk[..]
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  • About Hillbilly Elegy & Those Who Champion Us

    About Hillbilly Elegy & Those Who Champion Us

      [caption id="attachment_2870" align="aligncenter" width="919"] Photo by Sue Counts[/caption] I've been reading the book that everyone was talking about six months ago - Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. It has been touted as an insightful book about Appalachia and more specifically about the people who voted Donald[..]
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  • President Fraud & Resistance Fighters

    President Fraud & Resistance Fighters

    I read an essay about Trump's pick for National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn. It was a highly well-produced article that disputed the mainstream media's reporting on Flynn. This particular essay claimed that Flynn was more "patriotic" and more disciplined than even General McChrystal. Flynn, the[..]
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  • Not Ready to Make Nice: Normalizing Trump’s Abuse

    Not Ready to Make Nice: Normalizing Trump’s Abuse

        On the last day of my silent retreat at Mt. Angel Abbey, I stood before the Abbey church and wept with a woman I'd just met. We, like several others, had come to the retreat to escape the frenzy of the 2016 Election.[..]
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  • Somewhere in a Courtroom Today

    Somewhere in a Courtroom Today

    Somewhere in a courtroom today decisions are being made about the welfare of children, abused and neglected. Hardly a week passes by that I don't receive a note from an adult who was abused, neglected. They always ask the same question: Why didn't anyone intervene[..]
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  • Karly’s Killer Dead

    Karly’s Killer Dead

      [caption id="attachment_1455" align="aligncenter" width="322"] Inmate Photo[/caption]   Shawn Wesley Field is dead. He passed away at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institute in Pendleton, Oregon. Shawn did not die an easy death, but it was a much easier death than the one he inflicted upon three-year-old[..]
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