There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou
I am: Follower of Jesus trying to embrace his radical teachings; Mother and Grandmother; Alcoholic/Addict in long-term recovery; Retired NonProfit Manager and Trainer; Writer; Blogger, Want-to-be Actor; Love reading, theater, and music. I worked for the local Crisis Line/Information and Referral Line and Human Services SafetyNet for over 17 years before retiring. I graduated from Clemson University in December 2019 with a degree in English with minors in Creative Writing and Theater (after transferring from College of Charleston).
As a child, I learned that keeping secrets was the “norm.” We used the term “don’t ask-don’t tell” long before the military put the policy in place. I knew I had a voice, I just wasn’t allowed to use it. Over the years, I forgot it was there.
But in time, I found my voice. I know some people who just don’t know how to stop talking; I don’t know how to stop writing. I can say things through writing that I can’t seem to express by talking. It just feels freer and safer.
When people ask me why I share my life and my story so openly, I tell them, “because I have to.” I was in my 30’s before I knew anyone else ever felt the way I did. I didn’t understand that other people had experienced the same pain, the same shame, and the same feelings I had.
I am currently working on a book and enjoying writing short stories, poetry, plays, and a bit of fiction.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org