Tell It Like It Is

Tell It Like It Is

Danish philosopher and theologian, Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) is credited for saying “Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.” Do any of us really want to face what we are? I certainly had no intentions of doing so however,...

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Stand Up and Be Counted

Stand Up and Be Counted

Nearly two years ago I sat down with my book agents and my PR team and said “Don’t expect me to be the poster boy for the abused.” I went on to explain that I had simply written a book about my father’s 1955 arrest for abusing a minor and the struggle that my parents...

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Talk To Me

Talk To Me

I have always considered myself an extroverted introvert. I can be on and outgoing among friends, work or business-related functions – however, alone in a crowd of strangers, I try my best to disappear. I think the reason for these feelings can be traced back to my...

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Secrets Come to Light

Secrets Come to Light

For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. -Luke 8:17 On a warm Sunday morning in December, I dressed appropriately and left the suburbs for downtown. I pulled into the crowded lot at First...

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Lay Back and Enjoy It

Lay Back and Enjoy It

"If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet." —Alyssa Milano It has been a year since the release of my book, Kept in the Dark, where I shared not only my parents’ story regarding abuse but also confided that as a child, I...

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2017: My Year In Review

2017: My Year In Review

“You could feel the ground shifting in January when, a day after a man caught boasting about sexual assault was sworn in as president…” Entertainment Weekly This time last year I was anxiously counting down the days until the evening of my book launch for Kept in the...

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Home for the Holidays Part 5

Home for the Holidays Part 5

In 1985, Christmas changed forever in our home. My mother Joyce, the sun that my father and I orbited around, was gone. We still managed to put up a tree but honestly, no tinsel or blinking lights could replace the sparkle in my mother’s eyes. We no longer needed...

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Home for the Holidays Part 4

Home for the Holidays Part 4

My family opened the Mistletoe Shop, a year-round Christmas store, in 1979. My mother and I operated the store together until she passed away in 1985. It was an amazing experience leaving me with so many stories to share and a few that I better keep to myself! Having...

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Home for the Holidays Part 3

Home for the Holidays Part 3

I can remember three rules in the York home pertaining to Christmas. 1) Christmas lights had to be multi-colored. I’m not sure there were many options of light colors in the 1950s and early 1960s other than multi-colored. However, I do remember neighbors that used...

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Home for the Holidays Part 2

Home for the Holidays Part 2

I have always loved the iconic Christmas photo of me sitting in front of a sad looking Christmas tree with a record player along with a pair cowboy boots, (that I learned were a gift from family friends) at my side. The date on the black & white photo is 1955 and I...

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Home for the Holidays Part 1

Home for the Holidays Part 1

For many people, spending time with family and friends can make for joyful holidays. For others, it is a time of sadness when reflecting back to past holidays and loved ones that are no longer with us. But as holidays evolve, we are left to choose what effect they...

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