Tag Archives: family

May 11

The Phone Call

The Sister Wives struggled with the decision to make this piece anonymous, but ultimately decided is was more important to protect the identity and integrity of family members. The fact remains, this could be written by any one of us because mental illness hits from every direction, scattering its pellets of suffering among families and […]

April 21

I Am My Own Sovereign

Rachel is someone I feel a connection to, though I am only just getting to know her. Her blog name, The Misfits Of A Mountain Mama, caught my eye being an Appalachian girl myself. And her words, the way she writes, is melodic and intoxicating. But more than any of that, she’s tough as nails. […]

April 16

Somebody’s Daughter

I have been struggling with this one a bit. I feel someone will ask me how I can be anything but outraged by my own memory when I have children of my own. Am I prepared to romanticize a similar relationship in their situation, as my perspective on my own is so clearly skewed? And the answer is no. […]

April 13

Lucky

Sometimes it’s the boy next door. Sometimes it’s someone else. The relationships we have when we are too young to know better can set the stage for who and how we love the rest of our lives. Time can blur the focus of the memory, or sharpen it with perspective. Please join me in welcoming Kelly […]

April 09

The Man(di) Cave: Girls Gone Wild

   So, Tuesday the guys had their turn in the Man(di) Cave. Now it’s our turn. Because equality.   What’s one thing you feel confident you know about men?   Michelle– They are kind of smelly and not as good at handling emotional situations. Beth– They are always thinking about sex. They can be manipulated […]

April 06

The Man (di) Cave Debut

Men fascinate me. I grew up in a house surrounded by testosterone, and I always thought I understood those strange creatures of the opposite sex. But the more conversations I have with my brothers, my my male friends, with my husband, the more I realize I really know nothing other than they like boobs and […]

March 09

No One Talks About It

Fear. Judgement. Discrimination. This is the short list associated with the the stigma of mental illness and the effects are devastating to not only those who live with it, but the family members who love them. Please welcome Leah who simply wants you to hear her message when it comes to perpetuating the stigma of […]

February 23

Surviving

Survivors are brave souls. Survivors who bring their stories out of the darkness and share them with the world are among the bravest. Sweet Misery Love is demonstrating that strength and courage by sharing her story here. Sharing these stories is vital. It is in the sharing and the telling that shame and guilt are shed. […]

January 21

Getting To Know Them….

      Monday we announced the three new SisterWives who bravely agreed to join our fold, so we thought it might be nice for all of you to have a chance to get to know them a little. Aside from the posts they have written here, these women are a powerhouse of talent in […]

December 04

Be Still And Know

I save all of her voicemails. All of them. Friends call and say, “Your voicemail is full. I couldn’t leave a message,” and I lie and say that I’m too lazy to delete my messages, but it’s not true. I can’t delete them because one day they may be all I have of her. I […]

December 01

I’m Not Gonna Miss You

She’s probably going to forget my name even though she gave it to me. She will one day not recognize my daughter, her only granddaughter, even though she looks just like her. One day, I am going to sit in front of her and weep because the woman I call “Mom” no longer exists. I […]

November 20

Raised in hell, but still parenting well

Today’s post is another on parenting, this time in response to Dawn’s incredible piece a couple of weeks ago, about how parenting proved to be a completely unexpected source of triggers for her, due to her being a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. This piece exploded into the Sisterwives’ submissions queue, and I couldn’t wait […]

November 17

Don’t Cry, Mom

I first ‘met’ Kathleen through a blogging group, where I was immediately impressed by her lively, engaging spirit, and her support and encouragement of others. She’s someone who you want to listen to (a good thing for an author, right?). Here’s the thing, though – she writes hard things beautifully, in ways which seem to […]

October 23

The Special Orange Juice

I only recently discovered Jamie through her submission to The Sisterwives. What I found was a lovely, funny, twenty-something writer who writes both wit and depth with ease. As someone who grew up in an interesting household (not alcoholic, but strange nonetheless), I related with the following story that Jamie sent us. Sometimes the strangest things […]

October 16

I’m the Sea King’s Daughter

Six weeks ago, I almost drowned. So why did no one hear me scream?