Tag: Karly’s Law

  • Never Too Old to Take the Plunge

    Never Too Old to Take the Plunge

      In my travels as a writer, one question I am often asked is if I grew up wanting to a be a writer. It's a reasonable question. Many, if not most, of my writer friends were writing stories as young as six or seven.[..]
    Read More
  • 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,[..]
    Read More
  • 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[..]
    Read More
  • 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[..]
    Read More
  • Lady Cop in Stayton

    Lady Cop in Stayton

    I saw the gal sitting in a booth at the Ixtapa Restaurant in Stayton, Oregon. Her thick Norwegian blond hair was pulled back in a ponytail. A little girl, maybe two-years of age, sat on the inside next to the big picture window. Across the[..]
    Read More
  • Dressing up for Trial

    Dressing up for Trial

    I'm sensitive to these sorts of things, you understand. I can't help myself. A person's background informs present realities. So when I see pictures like the one above of Army Major John Jackson wearing full dress uniform as he heads into court, I want to holler[..]
    Read More
  • Grandmonster

    Grandmonster

      I'm sure you've at least seen a story about the death of 9-year-old Savannah Hardin by now. She was the child whose grandmomma-turned-grandmonster made her run until she passed out, vomiting, dehydrated, exhausted, dying. A jury rightly found Joyce Hardin Garrard of Gadsden, Alabama[..]
    Read More
  • 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[..]
    Read More
  • For the Least of These

    For the Least of These

    When our twin girls turned 13 we rented a barn in a big field on the outskirts of Pendleton, Oregon. We invited all their school friends and threw an old-fashioned barn dance party. A couple of college-age kids came and taught everyone there how to[..]
    Read More