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Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on December 30, 2014 at 1:31pm

Comment by Ian Mason on December 30, 2014 at 1:19pm

Joan, guilt is a vindictive bastard that really knows how to trip you up just when you're feeling fine. I still feel terrible about what a terrible father I was when I drank (not abusive though). Your Yule get-together sounds wonderful so let that, and all the good you've done since those bad days tip the balance a long way over in your favour.

Carl, I hope you feel better soon.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 30, 2014 at 1:16pm

Mindy, I used all the trick I know of, and could not get your photo. Would some third party please send me the shot. I know whatever Mindy chose for her remodel will look smashing and I want to see it. Thanks. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 30, 2014 at 1:11pm

I can't believe I went into that deep, deep depression, beginning when I saw Brooklyn. It wouldn't lift, until last night, writing about it. That seemed to break the awful spell. If I were a religious person, I would say the Devil had a spell over me. It was because of episodes such as this that got me out of the church, cursing and screaming ... I seem to do a lot of that. Religion plays a huge part in the ongoing abuse of children, women, and men. 

Thank you Chris, for the kind and wise words! Your wounds and mine and countless other grown women and men carry memories of abuse by parents. Boys suffered under the lash of abusive fathers and mothers as well.

Little girls and boys have more protections now. 

My three children and their families freed from family violence, flourish in a most remarkable way. I feel gratitude and hope. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 30, 2014 at 1:08pm

Nice color palate, Mindy.  Looks classy.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 30, 2014 at 12:12pm

Looks great, Mindy. I can't tell for sure; are those partly transparent tiles?

Comment by Plinius on December 30, 2014 at 10:41am

Looks very good, Mindy! Good colours!

Comment by Plinius on December 30, 2014 at 6:45am

Joan, I'm some twenty years younger than you are. Even when I was young NO ONE talked about the justice of the status quo. No one pointed at abusive husbands, no one talked about rape within a marriage, sexism was unmentionable and all the battered women and children were said to be clumsy. Even to ask about those things was frowned upon. We still have bruises but we're so very lucky that society has changed - not everywhere, but most people have a new sense of justice. Laura came out well, and Brooklyn will have what we missed - I'm happy for her!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 30, 2014 at 6:16am

Thanks for your kind words, Chris. Yes, I tell myself as you advise. 

My life feels triumphal because of overcoming some big challenges. My kids seem to be successful, and their families flourish by any measure. Both granddaughters stumbled around for a while; their lives seem more settled now. All of them have fun together even as they work together. I have no complaints.  I am just a whiner. 

Seeing my five-month-old great-grandaughter hit me very hard. Laura was her age when I came home from getting my hair cut and found her with bruises from head to foot. I wrapped her in a blanket and ran next door to my neighbor, a nurse. She took one look, and we headed for the ER. We entered the crowded and noisy place, my baby screaming and I was hysterical. The noises of the room quieted as the doctors and nurses examined her. All I can remember was the room, once noisy, now silent except for Laura's screams and my hysteria. The doctor took me to another office and filled me full of whatever it is they do with hysterical women. A chaplain came in; I screamed that I needed help because I couldn't stop my husband's brutality. He recognized me because I was active in the programs of the chapel and Sunday school

Doctors found no broken bones; they treated cuts and abrasions, gave her painkillers. Laura was six months old. 

I took her home. I didn't pack up the kids and leave! 

No one talked to Don about his behavior. No doctor or social worker or chaplain or psychiatrist. Col Smith held a position at Madigan Army Medical Center. An army colonel is an officer and a gentleman. 

Seeing beautiful little five-month-old Brooklyn reminded me of Laura, all those years ago. I didn't protect her. She was so little; I didn't protect her.  

Comment by Plinius on December 30, 2014 at 5:14am

In hindsight we're all wise, Joan! Don't feel guilty, you probably did the best you could think of with the info you had at that time. No reason to blame yourself!

 

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