When Grief Gets Complicated

When Grief Gets Complicated

It was a rough-hewn box secured with 4 large screws. The receptionist asked if I wanted help to open the box but I quickly refused. I wanted only to run, to carry this box and its contents away and there were no thoughts beyond that. I hefted the surprisingly heavy...
Mrs. King Versus the Gaslighters

Mrs. King Versus the Gaslighters

Gaslighting: to manipulate (someone) by psychological or abusive means into questioning reality. I had watched my big brother board the school bus every day for the last year. Now, it was finally my turn. The very first week of first grade, my teacher, Mrs. King,...
Death of an Abusive Parent

Death of an Abusive Parent

Let’s talk about this untimely death situation.   Well. This is a big topic that I’m not sure how to tackle, per se. Death is a new one to me. I’ve been relatively lucky that way. The death of the person who passed down most of our family trauma… that’s an even...