#whyIstayed Why Women Stay In Domestically Violent Relationships…

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... After a disturbing video of Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, surfaced online, hundreds of women who escaped abusive relationships flooded social media to respond with hashtags, "#WhyIStayed" and "#WhyILeft."The responses are heartbreaking but need to be seen so people can finally stop blaming the victim. Also, so they can see that domestic violence doesn't always look like this...It sometimes looks like this..So why did I stay... for much of the very … [Read more...]

Meet The Most Amazing Women (To Me) That Ever Lived…

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... Meet my granma, Katherine. The lady I was named after.To me she was the most wonderful woman that ever lived. Today would have been her birthday.Born in 1922, she was witness to many of modern history's major events. She volunteered with the USO and sang for the troops. She had a terrible singing voice but always added with a wink, "the boys never much cared about how I sounded."Her friends called her Sissy, the soldiers called her a Looker.I wish I had asked her … [Read more...]

Mine. It’s All Mine. My Bed. Mine…

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... This morning I woke up phenomenally grateful for my bed and the fact that I don't have to share it with anyone.You see, I'm a bit selfish when it comes to my bed and my sleep, being the light sleeper that I am. Having once been married to a snorer, I used to lay awake at night listening the thunderous honking coming from my ex-husband's side of the bed, resentfully seething at his ability to sleep through his own noise.I was thoroughly convinced that sharing a bed with your spouse … [Read more...]

Popping the emotional cork off of being raised fatherless…

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... I had absolutely no intention of writing about fathers five days before Mother's Day but what choice did I have after having seen this video in a friend's facebook feed. I forgot how growing up without a father used to really piss me off.For every mother or father that is not directly involved in their child lives there sits a confused, angry child who grows up believing they are unlovable. Why don't they want me? Why doesn't mom or dad love me enough to be here, right now with … [Read more...]

Wake Up and Welcome Back…

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... Begone acedia. Begone sullenness. Self pity. Ennui. Shoo. Away with thee!I just remembered I am Catholic. Damn Catholic. A nun gazing, hymn loving, incense is the best smell in the world Catholic. A proud to be and grateful that She'd have me Catholic.Why the sudden change in mood? Because I suddenly caught myself effortlessly praying in the middle of the day for no real discernible reason. Yeah, that one shocked me too. And it was with that shock that I finally woke up.I AM … [Read more...]

Starving For Silence…

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... You know what I miss? Silence.There have been relatively few moments in my life where I've had the luxury of pure silence. This morning, in the final stretches of spiritually exhausting Lent, I was awarded a small moment of utter silence and stillness.Lord knows, I desperately needed it. Just last week I was complaining that I didn't want to be Catholic anymore. Like a child throwing an tantrum. Catholicism is hard. I don't wanna anymore!And then I found myself in an … [Read more...]

Worry, Worms, and Religion…

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... There is nothing I won't worry about.I worry about finances, the future, and my family.At the end of every needless worry is the reminder that it's all utterly pointless and completely unnecessary. There is nothing I've ever fretted about that hasn't eventually been resolved. No matter how bleak things look or how out of my control the situation may become, my anxiety has never improved the matter.Never, ever, not even once.When I was a little girl, my grandfather and … [Read more...]

Where Crow Becomes Part of My Diet …

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... We have rule in Casa De Crescat -- no bad mouthing priests in front of The Boy, because every time something negative is said about a priest a vocation quietly dies. This rule was instituted because my mom, a JPII gal through and through, regularly took aim at Pope Benedict.Is your Irony Detector going off yet?This is the part where I acknowledge my hypocritical behavior and admit to my own vocation killing, disparaging remarks about Pope Francis. I don't really have any excuse. … [Read more...]

Reminiscing the weekend away…

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... Gospel music is so underrated. Especially Southern Gospel. Some of that older stuff, stuff my gran and I used to listen to was like a Flannery story set to music.Her birthday just passed. She would have been 91 years old. She was a simple Southern girl with faith as earnest as the music she listened to. I was named after her, you know. Lord I miss her. … [Read more...]


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