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Part 4: “If You Promise You Won’t Tell: A Memoir”

Chapter 2: In the Shadows There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow… — George Eliot Interspersed with the “normal” memories of my young childhood are dark memories in which I experienced fear and sometimes terror. The first betrayal of the bond Mem created with me as a small …

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Mem: Life Lessons I Learned from My Amish Mother, Part 2

Three years later, in February of 2014, I published my second book, Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman’s Ties to Two Worlds. That summer I realized that even though I have written two books that recalled memories of my Amish childhood and I did not shy away from writing about the abuse I endured at the hands of my father, my …

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