Sexually Exploited Online

I Was Victim-Blamed After Being Sexually Exploited Online

And what does it say about our culture that the attack occurred right along gender lines? (Trigger alert: explicit description of sexual exploitation) A notification alert popped up on my phone. Opening the notice, I saw that someone had left a comment on one of my recent articles. He shared that he related to the topic. […]

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Trying to Trust God When Trust is Difficult

Find comfort in overwhelming times. This past Sunday, I turned on the live stream of the church I used to attend somewhere in one of the fly-over states. The pastor had started to preach, which meant I’d missed the singing. Fine by me. God and I aren’t doing so well these days. Well, let me […]

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Cell Phone Snooping

Why Cell Phone Snooping Sometimes Is Necessary

It might be the only way to know you’re not crazy s it ever okay to snoop on someone else’s phone? This question tends to stir up strong emotions on both sides of the issue. There are those who think trust and respect are paramount in a relationship. Breaking into our partner’s phone or computer […]

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Common Mistake of Doing Anything for Love

I’ve learned the hard way self-respect must come first Someone recently told me to consider the number of concessions or sacrifices I am willing to make when starting a relationship. I hadn’t considered that I might be making a grave mistake of doing anything for love. I’m embarrassed to admit that despite years of counseling others, […]

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The Pandemic is Helping My Broken Family Heal

It’s bringing us back together after we suffered a worse tragedy This pandemic has had a profound effect on my life. All of our lives. Many of them severe. Loss of income, limited contact with friends and family, difficulty balancing family and work-life are just a few of the more serious repercussions. I know people whose […]

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How Being Nice Nearly Cost Me My Vision

Learning the hard way the importance of sticking up for myself After spending a couple of years abroad, I’d fallen behind with the routine matters of healthcare. I had ignored dental cleanings, eye exams, and annual physicals. Yeah, I know, not good for a woman in her fifties. Dealing with an abusive marriage left little energy […]

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My Private Admission: I am a Bald Woman

And up to now it’s been source of tremendous shame I have a secret. Something that has been a source of shame that I’ve mostly kept to myself. Only a handful of people know. I’m a bald woman. In my mid-thirties, I suddenly lost nearly all of my hair. Devastated and ashamed, I thought my […]

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Being a Cougar Was Never My Intention

But I sure am enjoying the benefits “You can have any man you want,” my ex used to say. I’d heard that before and each time I was never quite sure what was meant by it. I think the statement is ridiculous. If it were true, then I would have dated the most handsome basketball […]

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Online Dating Shark

Is This Guy an Online Dating Shark?

There’s what he says and then what he actually means You may have heard the old adage, there are plenty of good fish in the sea, when it comes to meeting available men. That may be true, but I’d like to point out that the phrase neglects to say what kind of fish. And be […]

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the other woman

Why I Don’t Hate the Other Woman

She’s just another one of his victims It’s been a year since my ex, a self-professed sex addict, walked out of my life and into hers. I’ve been all over the map on how I feel about her. I’ve studied her in the hopes that I’d figure her out, fantasized meeting and slapping her, raged at […]

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