My Road Less Traveled

My Road Less Traveled by Nikki Abramson I have always felt like an ‘outcast.’ Different. Perhaps it was because I was a Korean adoptee or maybe it was because I have a disability. I was six months old when I was adopted from Seoul, South Korea. As infants we learn...

A Reason To Fight

By Anna Harwin As the family scapegoat for a drunken stepfather, I knew it wasn’t safe to go home.   Too many meals missed, too many head ringing punches, too little sleep, I knew I wouldn’t survive if I couldn’t find a place to go and so, one night at the age of 12,...

Finding The Courage

by Lynn Doelger My brother and I grew up playing in the vast woods of Alabama. I started running at a young age and recall running with my Dad in the morning before he went to work. My parents married at a young age. Home life was less than pleasant. Mom and Dad were...

A Veteran Traveler’s Roadmap to Resilience

By Caryn M. Sullivan I’d just made my First Communion when the woman who gave me life betrayed my trust and eroded the foundation that should be afforded to every child. Under the auspices of taking a vacation, my beautiful, brilliant, willful mother loaded our...

The Corkscrew Effect

By Misty Raley Thirteen  years ago, my whole life changed. At twelve years of age, I was tucked in the back of my closet, banging my head against the wall attempting to soothe my fearful soul. Tears streaming down my checks, I repeated at least a thousand times,...