She Is Rising

Writing out trauma comes with hurdles.  Sometimes I plow through.   Sometimes I avoid.  I avoid the smells, sounds and feelings of the memory.  There is hurt in there.  There's a scared little girl in there. She doesn't want to have to feel it, but we do.  To bring our story to life, we gotta … Continue reading She Is Rising

“Victim Speaks Out, While Cult Leader Awaits Trial”

"Told in a restrained but highly effective style, reminiscent of Kazuo Ishiguro’s brilliantly understated bestseller "Never Let Me Go", "Cult Child" provides frightening insights into the methods and after-effects of religious coercion. Her fortress is no bigger than the space between her ears; but through quiet internal resistance, Sila halts her opponents and outlasts their … Continue reading “Victim Speaks Out, While Cult Leader Awaits Trial”

***Trigger Warning*** “The Maria Beating” Cult Child excerpt

     Mama leaves very early one morning to go to town. She lectures me the night before she leaves that I have to listen to Leis until she comes back. Mama says Leis is old enough to watch me, and that I am old enough to know how to act right. Mama tells Leis … Continue reading ***Trigger Warning*** “The Maria Beating” Cult Child excerpt

Hearing and Seeing – a “Cult Child” Excerpt

I might be four now, or maybe I’m five. I have already forgotten when my birthday is, because we don’t celebrate birthdays here. Time has come together in one long, continuous rope. It has no end, and the beginning is lost inside my mind. I am either too exhausted to think, or I am floating … Continue reading Hearing and Seeing – a “Cult Child” Excerpt