The Shooting in Charleston


Today tragedy happened. 9 lives were taken at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church by a single human being. The killings were senseless, confounding, and difficult to understand. How could something so tragic take place in a place of worship, peace, hope, and love. How could such a cruel event take place and remove a pastor: Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a librarian: Cynthia Hurd, a speech therapist and pastor: Sharonda Singleton, a bible study teacher: Myra Thompson, a recent college graduate: Tywanza Sanders, an admissions coordinator: Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, a choir member: Susie Jackson, a backstage auditorium manager: Ethel Lance, and another pastor: Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr.

This tragedy is unspeakable and the grief impalpable. Yet in this age of social media, it seems that instead of focusing on the tragedy and supporting, loving, and praying over the families and the victims, we immediately begin debating the finer points of a tragic…

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Rachel Dolezal is Acting Like a Child Abuse Victim Acts

Blog for Mental Health 2015

This is a fascinating read. The author’s take is similar to mine but her article is more detailed and clinical. This is excellent for anyone who wants their news with more context and less political gaming. This is also excellent information for anyone who may be facing their own problems with being an adult survivor of abuse:

“…The CDC estimates that one in four American children experience some form of abuse and yet we’re not quick to spot it or identify with it. Instead there’s a tendency to be irked that “this stuff” is even being discussed publicly. Or as we’ve seen with the Duggars and the Dolezals we default into our preexisting paradigms of partisanship: The Duggars are rightwingers and are typical of those people and Dolezal is a liberal Obama’s America “transracial” fruitcake.

But both these cases also feature fringe Christian movements protecting their ideals over their daughters.

The saga of reality show subject Josh Duggar, who admittedly sexually abused five girls (four of whom were his own sisters), was a grotesque display of what religious zeal conditions people to be able to rationalize. “They didn’t even know he had done it,” said Michelle Duggar during the soft-focus Fox News Megyn Kelly interview.

I’ve talked to sexual abuse victims who didn’t realize that was what had happened to them until decades later. They had fears and phobias and things they just avoided seemingly without reason—but they didn’t put two and two together. So the idea of child abuse being contingent on the victim’s memory, identification or understanding is just wrong. Being asleep, unconscious or blocking it out—doesn’t make one not a victim. And it surely doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.”

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3 Day Quote Challenge Day 1


Thanks so much to the lovely and talented Edwina for the nomination. I recently discovered Edwina’s very creative and interesting blog.  Episode 364: 3 Day Quote Challenge: Day 1.

For the first day, I’ve chosen a segment of a song from Marvin Gaye.Marvin Gaye

The song is “What’s Going On”. Released in May, 1971.

It seems appropriate in light of the tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina, which happened just about 24 hours ago, and has had me heartbroken all day.

It was my home for 4 years.

I have a lot more to say, but not now.

For now…”only love can conquer hate.”

“Mother, mother
There’s too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There’s far too many of you dying
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today.”

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