I’m beginning a new book: By a Thousand Cuts

Some women murder their children at birth. Some kill them over a lifetime.

Many of us came from dysfunctional families. I knew mine was that, but have been realizing more and more just how seriously dysfunctional it is.

When people extol their mothers I have long kept my mouth shut, partly because I believed the dominant view that my dad was the primary bad guy. And partly because many folks become upset at negative comments about someone’s mother. Even more than fathers, mothers are supposed to be sacred, givers of life and unconditional love, who would never destroy their entire family line to protect one of their children.

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