Sunday, April 22, 2012

Feminism vs Feminine

          I am a recovering feminist. Getting married in the Eighties was my first step when I changed my mind about keeping my own name. I went with logic. A long hyphenated name would be nothing but trouble over the long haul. And what does the second generation do if two people with hyphenated names marry each other?

Keeping my own name would have created problems after the children came--Is that your stepmother? Why doesn’t everyone in your family have the same last name? That’s how my deprograming began. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Healing Through "October Baby"

Although Shari Rigby was a seasoned actress, she was unprepared for the October Baby movie script. The movie is a story about Hannah, a college freshman who learns she was adopted and born premature as a result of an attempted abortion. She is shattered and embarks on a journey to find her birth mother. The quest ends in rejection and self-loathing for Hannah until she ultimately learns a lesson in forgiveness.   

Shaking as she read the role being offered to her—birth mother to Hannah--tears poured from Shari’s eyes. “I had to put the script down,” she said. “I sat on the couch and cried for a long time.”  

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Until Death Do Us Part

I came across an amazing marriage recovery story when I was working on the Amazing Grace for Married Couples book.   A priest friend who heard of the title I was working on told me, "Oh, do I have a story for you!"  He wasn't kidding! Alcoholism, drugs, adultery, and then just when all seemed lost, a miraculous conversion. Oh, I've given away the ending. Still, you will be amazed.

I interviewed both spouses (I ghost wrote the story) and met them in person. This story is real and one that will strengthen your own marriage. Either you can say, "We aren't that bad!" or, "We'll, I guess there is hope for us."