Those nights kept me alive: Chat logs from my escape

Here's another post from my escape. I've been remembering it in pictures¬†and with an old email I wrote to friends explaining my situation as it was happening. Today I'm posting some chat logs. If you know someone who is being held too tightly, this is for you. If you are one of us, an isolated … Continue reading Those nights kept me alive: Chat logs from my escape

Why I Kept Living: World Suicide Prevention Day 2016

Originally posted on Facebook on Sept. 10, 2016.  It's been almost one year since the last time I wanted to die. It's morbid, yes, but today is World Suicide Prevention Day and so far, I have kept living. I was 14 when it happened the first time. Winter has always felt like death to me, … Continue reading Why I Kept Living: World Suicide Prevention Day 2016

My Escape from Fundamentalism: A Story Told in Pictures

Earlier this week, I said I'd be posting memories from my escape. Today I'm telling it in pictures. See captions. May 20, 2012:¬†I've just finished three years of college, and this is my last family vacation. We're in Maine, around Kennebunkport and Camden. I'm not allowed to take my laptop or cellphone so that my … Continue reading My Escape from Fundamentalism: A Story Told in Pictures

That one time I chose freedom over soul death

This month marks four years since I escaped. Sometimes it feels like yesterday, sometimes it feels like another lifetime ago. In the spirit of celebrating my independence, I'm going to be posting some mementos, from the days when I was first learning to fly, slowly and painfully. This is an email I sent to some … Continue reading That one time I chose freedom over soul death

Embracing Sobriety in Spiritual Practice: Interview with Elizabeth Esther

Another blogging friend, Laurie Works, introduced me to Elizabeth Esther's blog back in 2014. Recently I ran across her top ten signs of a spiritually abusive church YouTube video and I was so, so glad someone finally mentioned the dangers of "independent fundamental" churches like the ones I attended when I was a teenager, where most … Continue reading Embracing Sobriety in Spiritual Practice: Interview with Elizabeth Esther