Category Archives: hard times

“Sow’s Ear” into Silk Dresses is Successful; Estella Frances Godwin Creator. A Godwin family legacy story.


THIS IS NO JOKE; READ ON FOR THE “SOW’S EAR” REVEAL. First, the dresses. You must put yourself in the setting where they were created. South East Oklahoma. You must imagine that the beautiful girl wearing the dresses did not come from … Continue reading

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Underground Victim Mail System: Oh the stories it could and did tell. P.O. Box 1155 saved lives.


What is 12 inches long, six by four, open at one end and the other, a locked door????

Wrong. It is not the post office box, but rather an almost magical space that is safe. A space that allowed high risk victim/survivors to communicate with the assurance they can find a way to be in touch with necessary people, or still pay off debts without being traced. This can mean everything to someone who has gone underground due to domestic violence or rape/sexual assault. They had to abandon every part of their life, possibly, and indeed probably, for life. This is their one “lifeline” and for a high risk underground victim, this is life sustaining. Continue reading

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My Dad; they don’t have to be perfect to be loved.My Cock-fighting, Wolf-hunting, Boxing/fighter, and Tender-hearted Dad.


Oh, he was far from perfect; wouldn’t set foot in a church and angry at God after his mother passed away from tuberculosis when he was 5. He was sent to live with relatives in Arkansas after a few years due to … Continue reading

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Author’s Choice for 2016 Mother of the Year; Kris McNutt Loomis, Champion for Asperger’s in First Person Guest Post


Guest Post by Kris Elaine McNutt Loomis. This weekend we will look over a sea of red at NC State as students turn their tassels and become college graduates. I know as we look over the thousands of uniform caps … Continue reading

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The Baby Shower for Daddy; How we learned to bloom where we were planted.


A BABY SHOWER FOR DADDY, THEN GOODBYE.  The story of how we got to Iowa after we married.   (A Legacy Story) Often it is only once in a lifetime that a person hits their personal and professional peak at … Continue reading

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An Extraordinary Guest Post: Dr. Michelle Harrison’s Poem “To Be In My Skin”


My profound thanks and appreciation to Dr. Michelle Harrison for permission to share her poem and make commentary about her and the unimaginable work she does in India. I am grateful and all the more in awe knowing I am … Continue reading

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Live a “Charmed” life as a Survivor/Victor, not a victim.#AbuseAnvilCharm


The anvil represents “a victim/survivor of abuse” of any form: physical/emotional child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape/sexual assault, and any abuse you survived that you need/ want a reminder that you overcame your victimization, to become not just a survivor, but a victor.
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