Do You Remember Your Bullies?

Do You Remember Your Bullies?

The girl in the fairy dress hated me on sight. I was five years old, and I’d been a child model for nearly half that time. My mother got me into doing it as her entrance into show business. I was in a commercial for Fidelity Savings Bank the year before. I played a...
One Year After Parkland

One Year After Parkland

There are more questions than answers. My 12-year-old daughter came home from school crying last week. There was a “code red” drill earlier that day. She didn’t know it was coming. Her sixth-grade math class was working on their pre-algebra projects when the alarm...
When God’s Children Come Home

When God’s Children Come Home

It was the morning after I lost everything. I sat in my car in the church parking lot trying to decide whether to go inside. Driving over there was one thing, but the idea of going in and talking to somebody was terrifying. What was I going to say, anyway? Spilling my...
How I Survived Drug Withdrawal

How I Survived Drug Withdrawal

I feared it more than anything on Earth. I was at the height of my opiate addiction, and the pills kept coming. It’s like that when you live with your drug dealer. My ex-husband Micah had a prescription for 90 oxycodone per month at 30 mg strength when he had hip...
The Day My Daughter Stopped Singing

The Day My Daughter Stopped Singing

My daughter Vanessa has perfect pitch. I’m not biased when I say she sings like an angel. She has a wonderful voice. It’s always been that way. I remember when she was seven and obsessed with Frozen. She held concerts in our living room for me and her father and sang...

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