Tag: child abuse

  • God’s One Last Nerve

    God’s One Last Nerve

    Mama loved Charlie Rose. She'd come in from work, grab herself a bite to eat, kick off her shoes, and curl her legs up in her comfy chair. She'd pull that ashtray closer as she flipped the remote to Rose. Rose was her routine indulgence.[..]
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  • A Letter to my Friends

    A Letter to my Friends

    Dear Alabamians: You and I have had a thing going on for many years now. I grew up just across the Hooch from you. I spent nearly every weekend of my high school years driving your backroads on the way to Camp Hill to watch[..]
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  • Cussing on the Way to Church

    Cussing on the Way to Church

      It was there, while crossing the bridge that connect this part of Oregon with the southern part of Washington, that I glanced over at a boat cutting through the silver waters of the Columbia River. Maybe it was the stillness of the water. Or[..]
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  • A Fortunate Girl

    A Fortunate Girl

    The roads are slick with snow and ice. The sky is grey and foreboding. Holed up here in my office, thinking of Karly Sheehan. Today is her birthday. Or the day that marks what is her 15th birthday, although Karly died at age 3. Tortured,[..]
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  • Trapped in a Bubble

    Trapped in a Bubble

    Ohmyword! It seems like I've been trapped in a bubble. While incapacitated  by an eye infection, I got word from a New York producer that they are planning to do a TV show about the Karly Sheehan story. This time of year always reminds me[..]
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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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  • Dishonorable Soldiers

    Dishonorable Soldiers

      Soldier Jeanie Ditty and her boyfriend. Most often I am compelled to write about the ways in which we need to honor our veterans and military families. This compulsion is the result of growing up a Gold Star daughter during the height of the[..]
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  • Teacher Investigation

    Teacher Investigation

      The local headlines around here are filled with the news of a high school coach under investigation for having sex with a student. Sigh. Sadly, that's not really news anymore is it? Dr. Troy Hutchings, one of the country's leading researchers on the abuse of[..]
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  • Biden: A Voice for Children

    Biden: A Voice for Children

    The first week of June always brings Karly Sheehan to mind. It is hard to believe that ten years have passed since Karly was tortured to death on June 3, 2005 after her mother left her in the care of an angry man. That man[..]
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