Amish memoir

Amish Styles

I have gone through photos recently to decide which ones should be included in my new book, Liberating Lomie. Photos can tell stories if one knows what to look for. I have one photo of my mother, Mem, before she was married. She would have been around the age of thirty at the time, circa 1950. She is standing next …

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New Website is Live!

This has been a long time coming, but my website has finally gone live. I have learned so much in the past month about hosts, WordPress websites, themes, plugins, templates, block editors, theme editors, widgets, global settings, headers, footers, sidebars, blog archive pages, single blog pages, store pages, email subscription forms, and the list goes on. But mostly I learned …

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Part 10: “If You Promise You Won’t Tell: A Memoir”

Chapter 4: Do-Bees and Don’t-Bees, continued One day Mem decided to use an idea she’d read about in a magazine because she felt we were not helping her willingly. She created a “Do-Bee” and “Don’t-Bee” chart. Every night she marked the chart for each of us girls. I could be really good for almost a whole day, then make one …

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Part 9: “If You Promise You Won’t Tell: A Memoir”

Chapter 4. Do-Bees and Don’t-Bees [T]oxic parents compare one sibling unfavorably with another to make the target child feel that he’s not doing enough to gain parental affection.[…]This divide-and-conquer technique is often unleashed against children who become a little too independent… — Susan Forward Mem carried the responsibilities of two parents, and consequently she relied on us children to help …

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Part 5 “If You Promise You Won’t Tell: A Memoir”

Continued from Chapter Two: In the Shadows Out of nowhere, Datt got a job. He helped with chores morning and night on the Hale farm up the road by hauling pails of milk from the barn to the milkhouse. He came home tired, which meant that Mem and Joey had to do our own farm chores. When Datt returned home …

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