The letters written here follow 11 years after my mother's death. Although a silent peace and forgiveness was reached just days before she died, I still have scars and emotions to deal with from my childhood. As a child, I wasn't allowed to speak to the pain of the abuses -- the pain and hurt, grief, degradation, lack of affirmation, the belief I wasn't worth anything. Had I spoken out, the wrath would have been multiplied. Layer upon layer the scars still run deep. As I write these letters, I hope to find a place of healing.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~~ Maya Angelou

Writing Resources

Memoir-related resources:

Linda Joy Myers, author of Don't Call Me Mother and The Power of Memoir, Memories and Memoirs by Linda Joy Myers

Kathy Pooler, Memoir Writer's Journey

Linda Thomas, Spiritual Memoirs 101

Sharon Lippincott, author of The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing and The Albuquerque Years, The Heart and Craft of Lifewriting

Jerry Waxler, author of The Four Elements for Writers and Learn to Write Your Memoir, Memory Writers Network

Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler, co-authors of Writing AlchemyWomen's Memoirs

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