My Last Breath
by PJ LaRue
My hope is that
Live long enough to forgive me.
Although I’m not asking you to condone abuse, I’d love to
See you one last time. And, maybe you will begin
To understand that I could not
Be the father you deserved.
Real men don’t abuse, but some can’t stop themselves when
Evil demons live within our souls.
At least let me exhale My Last Breath knowing that I am forgiven.
To my eternal sleep I will go, realizing that I can never atone for
Note to readers: One of my favorite Facebook pages is Help for Adult Children of Alcoholic’s. You may find it helpful, as well.
An Early Frost
An Early Frost by Jenna Brooks is the sequel to October Snow. While October Snow is more about how three women’s friendship is challenged and grows once two discover the other is being abused, An Early Frost is a love story where domestic violence is a subplot. Ms. Brooks artfully continues the story of Dave and Sammie and develops the newly formed relationship between Will and Maxine.
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Terry and PJ’s Adventures in Japan – May 2000
Thursday, June 1, 2000
Terry and I went to Kamakura to see some of the temples and the Great Buddha. The Great Buddha was huge, and it was easy to see why it is called the Great Buddha. When we were at one of the temples, four or five Japanese girls came up and started talking to us. They were around 13 or 14 years old, which is a giggly age in Japan, just like here. The girls had a school assignment that was a list of specific questions to ask if they saw anyone that might speak English.
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Paper Bones by Sherry Rentschler is proof that poetry is not a dead language or bygone art form.
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How I Escaped the Domestic Violence Cycle
If you are reading this blog, it is likely that you know October is domestic violence month. And you probably know domestic violence normally begets domestic violence. But my story is different. With help, I was able to break the violent cycle.
While my father has been sober many years now, he is an alcoholic. He is a mean drunk who sometimes beat my mother. From a very young age, maybe around seven or eight, I understood that this was wrong. My mom confided to my older brother and me that she was considering leaving my dad. I encouraged her to do it. Is there anything right with this picture? No! No child should understand their mom would be better off without their dad at seven or eight years old.
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