Christmas is hard when you don't feel loved by the people who should love and accept you. Many of us ex-cult and isolated homeschool escapees feel this. We were taught to be focused on our family and only our family and when we figure out our family is broken, sometimes really broken, well. Some of … Continue reading I’m not the little matchstick girl anymore
I have something to say to all of my friends. I love you all very much. For those of you who have been with me through this long, crazy journey and never left, I deeply appreciate you for being willing to stick it out with me through the long haul. You might have met me … Continue reading Thank you for staying
Originally posted on Facebook on Sept. 10, 2016. It's been almost one year since the last time I wanted to die. It's morbid, yes, but today is World Suicide Prevention Day and so far, I have kept living. I was 14 when it happened the first time. Winter has always felt like death to me, … Continue reading Why I Kept Living
Earlier this week, I said I'd be posting memories from my escape. Today I'm telling it in pictures. See captions. May 20, 2012: I've just finished three years of college, and this is my last family vacation. We're in Maine, around Kennebunkport and Camden. I'm not allowed to take my laptop or cellphone so that my … Continue reading My Escape: A Story Told in Pictures
I have serious thoughts this time of year even though I didn't grow up in a tradition that celebrated Lent. I also have this bad habit of watching disturbing historical films and getting emotionally overwhelmed. A couple of years ago, I watched The Stoning of Soraya M. over winter break. My roommates had just left … Continue reading Injustice, Suffering, and The Stoning of Soraya M.