What we have here is a failure to communicate.

Dear Annie: When I was a child, I had many chilling things happen to me. I barely remember some incidents, and they don’t seem to affect me now — well, other than the mental illness running through my entire body. Anyway, as a 47-year-old looking back, one thing still hurts me to the core andContinue reading “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”

It all sounds so sensible until you really think about it.

Dear Amy: My ex-husband was physically abusive. I left him when our daughter was an infant. We divorced, and I had sole custody. When my daughter was 13, I moved out of state. She chose to live with her father when I moved. After moving in with him, she rebuffed my attempts to maintain aContinue reading “It all sounds so sensible until you really think about it.”

And now I’m angry.

I just now emailed my mom. Please quit asking me questions about the past. If you feel guilty for being a bad parent, that shouldn’t be my problem, and I’ll never tell you what you want to hear (that you weren’t an abusive parent), so quit harassing me about it. I can’t help you withContinue reading “And now I’m angry.”

Trading in secrets.

Dear Amy: My adult sons are so estranged from my ex-husband that neither invited him to their weddings. While I still have difficult feelings toward my ex, I try to have some level of civil interaction with him. He often asks for updates as to what our sons are up to and how they areContinue reading “Trading in secrets.”

False advertisement!

The websites make it sound so harmless! Side effects may be mild and will only last a few days. Symptoms include [insert a long list of scary symptoms here], but don’t fret! Many people have no side effects, and it’s different for everyone.  I feel like death. I felt ill yesterday after getting Pfizer #2,Continue reading “False advertisement!”

Get over it already!

It’s really strange, but I’ve noticed lately how often my relationship issues trigger my childhood abuse issues. They’re very, very interconnected. And the problem is that when the abuse issues get triggered, I freakin’ get mad at myself. Like, really Meg, get over your trauma (and other bad things) already. And the problem is that I’mContinue reading “Get over it already!”

We’re feeling trigger happy!

Do you ever find yourself tracking people from your past, keeping an eye on them online, that sort of thing? Well, I’ve been doing that with Ash, my former friend whom I haven’t heard one word from. I have a stalker facebook account, and I think she knew I was using it, because she deletedContinue reading “We’re feeling trigger happy!”

False virtue alert! False virtue alert!

Dear Amy: My daughter is toxic. She and her husband live with me, but with my help of a hefty down payment they will soon be moving out. I am looking forward to their absence. I am thinking of changing the locks once they leave. My abrasive daughter tends to get angry and then cutContinue reading “False virtue alert! False virtue alert!”

The truth about Oz.

TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ABUSE DEAR ABBY: I reached out recently to the daughter of my cousin who had just passed away. I offered condolences and a picture of her great-grandfather, who was my grandfather. I also shared some warm memories of her dad, my cousin. She shot back with some seriously negative information about herContinue reading “The truth about Oz.”

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