I get to talk to my siblings now

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

Want to help some homeschool alums today? Here’s how.

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.

My Escape: 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: 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

Recognizing and Supporting Isolated Fundamentalist Homeschool Kids

I took a social media break last month. I still blogged and kept in touch with a few friends, but I stopped reading my Facebook and Twitter feeds all the time. That's not what my breaks used to look like. My social media breaks used to be the way that I covered for my parents … Continue reading Recognizing and Supporting Isolated Fundamentalist Homeschool Kids