I don't normally write about my siblings because neither of them have public lives in the way that I do as a writer and journalist. That's why I don't say much about them on my blog. I want them to be able to figure out their own lives in peace. When I write about them … Continue reading I get to talk to my siblings now
Some of you may have wondered why I’m not on the Homeschoolers Anonymous editorial board anymore and no longer listed as an blog contributor. I’ve blogged less in the past two years for several reasons—being unsure how to navigate between my personal writing and my work as a journalist, saving ideas for freelance pitches to … Continue reading Why I’m not an editor for Homeschoolers Anonymous anymore
Last month was hard. It seems like I always lose people I care about in October. When you leave fundamentalism, usually no one from that world will listen to you, especially not a parent. Pege and her husband were different. I'd been kicked out of my church two and a half years before when I … Continue reading Remembering Pege
I get lots of emails and blog comments from readers asking how they can help people like us who are leaving unhealthy homes and branching out into the world outside. Older families ask how they can help mentor us. Homeschool alums ask me how we can help others around our younger siblings' age when it's … Continue reading Want to help some homeschool alums today? Here’s how.
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