MAYA ANGELOU  Maya Angelou… What do I, a short Caucasian blonde daughter of the South have in common with Maya Angelou?  When I think of Maya Angelou, I think of how I love her work, her smile, the twinkle in her eyes and her manner of presence. It seems every time she speaks or puts30

IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT! It’s all your fault. That black eye? It’s all your fault. He has a drinking problem? It’s all your fault. After all, that is what he tells you, time and time again—right? If you’d just keep your mouth shut and not talk back, you would not get hit or called the worst30

GO DOWN DEATH Mama went on home May 12, 1999, thirteen years ago at 10:00 tonight. I will always remember the details of that day. Every May 12 it comes to visit. Thirteen years ago, at this very moment, I was lying beside her in the hospital bed, holding her, caressing her arms and hair,30

VERBAL AND EMOTIONAL ABUSE—So, are they truly part of domestic violence? And if they are, what part do they play? As a former victim, now a strong survivor and thriving advocate, I can attest to the fact that almost without exception, every incident of domestic violence will begin with verbal and emotional abuse. How and30