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Why I'm glad I broke my shoulder

I have what a friend once called “clever feet.” I’ve always relied on them; they turn on a dime, and they’ve never let me down. I climb, I hop, I zip around; When I’m busy—I’m always busy—my feet ping from one task to another. Sometimes, I actually complete something before dashing on to the next. […] Read More »

Healing from Trauma: Embracing the Irrational

I once met a bright young guy with a successful career and an active social life who had endured horrific, ongoing sexual abuse at the hands of his father. John was engaged in a prolonged argument with his therapist. On the surface, the position he took seems absurd. He kept trying to convince his therapist […] Read More »

Child Sexual Abuse: The Real Reason It Doesn't End

When a victim comes out against an abuser, it throws their shared community into a collective mind f**k. People can’t get their heads around the truth: “He’s such a nice guy! He’s helped so many inner city youth/he’s a deacon in the church/he founded the shelter for wombats.” In order not to get caught, to appease […] Read More »

Child Sexual Abuse: Finding a Healing Community

This wasn’t an easy week for me. There was a lot of self-focus, some deep grief about things over which I have no control, some regret, nights of worry. But last night I watched videos about CNN’s Top Ten Heroes—people who are working with what they have, within their communities, to relieve suffering. Richard Joyner, […] Read More »

Guest Post--"Big Bend" by Cynthia Sample from Steel Toe Review

My good friend Cynthia Sample published this wonderful piece on Steel Toe Review. It’s a wry, self-deprecating look at the way parents sometimes try to manipulate their children into being OK–in our eyes.  It comes with a humorous dose of Southern evangelical fervor… BIG BEND By Cynthia Sample My husband insists on adventures. So here I am: packing […] Read More »

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  1. March 17th, 2015 at 11:26 am Alex Schiavo Says:

    White Privilege seems to me at root of the patronizing attitude of
    Dominant group in power.


  2. March 19th, 2015 at 6:12 pm Helen W. Mallon Says:

    …Especially unquestioned white privilege.


  3. March 17th, 2015 at 11:37 am Alex Schiavo Says:

    A group that has attained prominence simply because an accident if
    Birth and the power and entitlement it brings with it,
    This group iis unaware of this privilege bestowed on them through
    Some artificial construct – does not recognize power and special
    Place in society it offers them, I believe condescension results from
    This denial.
    We are no more privileged than they , but we behave so much better
    And advance ourselves through system so effectively – all the while
    Denying privilege they possess. Refer to Dr . Peg McIntosh at
    Wellesley Women’s Center for White Privilege Working Paper – the Best!


  4. March 19th, 2015 at 6:14 pm Helen W. Mallon Says:

    …not so sure about the “we behave so much better” part. Otherwise, a hearty Amen!


  5. March 17th, 2015 at 11:51 am Alex Schiavo Says:

    We , as white people were taught to see racism only in individual
    Acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance
    On my group.
    Dominance breeds condescension, especially unrecognized , denied
    Dominance and privilege .
    Dr Peg McIintosh has produced a remarkable Working Paper on
    The effects of white privilege on everyday life of other groups,
    Especially African-Americans. It lists conditions other than condescension
    That average Black endures- Write Dr. Peg McIntosh, Wellesley College
    Women’s Center for Working Paper on White Privilege- nothing better on
    Understanding the Black experience in America. Nominal cost.


  6. March 19th, 2015 at 6:09 pm Helen W. Mallon Says:

    Yes, I’ve read at least an extract of her paper online. Good stuff!


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