Letter Series

A Letter to Young Men

Dear Young Men, This past week, I heard these words from a young man on the cusp of entering adulthood, “Isn’t the woman’s job to cook and clean?” I had to wonder if I had heard him correctly. Would a young man, born and raised in the last twenty years, actually believe that statement to… Continue reading A Letter to Young Men

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A Letter to Parents, Teachers, and Other Adult Types

Dear Adult Types, You are the mothers, fathers, teachers, aunts, uncles, and roll models. You are the ones that are supposed to know what is important and what is not. The ones who our children and teenagers look to when they don’t have the answers. The ones responsible for molding our young people into responsible,… Continue reading A Letter to Parents, Teachers, and Other Adult Types

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A Letter From My Future Self

Dear Me, It’s been thirty years since I last wrote to you. The year is 2046, and we will turn 70 this year.  I remember the turmoil in your mind as if it were yesterday. Our gut instinct was to walk into work and declare that we were never coming back. We felt owned and… Continue reading A Letter From My Future Self

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A Letter to the Family and Friends of Victims

Dear “You,” You are the people that represent stability in a victim’s life, or at least you should.  You are their parents, their siblings, their extended family, and their friends.  Perhaps you are the friend or family of the abuser.  Or, maybe you are the neighbor next door, across the hall, or down the street.… Continue reading A Letter to the Family and Friends of Victims

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A Letter to New Survivors

Dear New Survivor, Yesterday I wrote a letter to my younger self, but today I feel led to write to you.  You are the individuals who recently escaped an abusive relationship.  Some of you have felt the physical blows of your attacker.  Some of you are scarred to the core from the emotional abuse your partner… Continue reading A Letter to New Survivors

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A Letter to My Younger Self

Dear Me, The year is 2016 and  you will turn 40 this year.  I thought I would take the time to write to you and share some things I think you ought to know. Several people have told me that I’m having a midlife crisis or that everyone goes through what I am currently experiencing.… Continue reading A Letter to My Younger Self