Articles from February 2013

Working on Releasing the Anger/Pain/Depression Toward My Stalkers

I have allowed myself to feel all the anger, pain and depression.  I have written about, processed and analyzed everything that happened.  My stalkers have even read most of it–which, for many people, is a huge part of being able to release and heal after abuse/bullying.

But the point is not to stay in this place forever; the point is to get it out and release it all.

Now I’m working on transferring all the anger, pain and depression from my heart onto my many written words, just as I did long ago when writing my college memoirs about abusive exes.

The old pain from abuse in college, even the old pain from bullying in school before then, has long since been released and no longer affects my present; I only channel it for a short time for the sake of my writing, to help others who now are where I was back then.

What I’ve seen of these abuse/narcissism blogs is people will write them for a while, then move past it because their healing has begun, but will leave them up for the sake of others who are where they were then.

At this point, all there is left to write about is topics, such as hypnotism or emotional blackmail or the like, which can help others make sense of what’s happening to them, and take the steps they need to stop being victims of abuse.

I’ve already written my story.  It’s in various forms and posts.  I’ve also posted most of my e-mails and letters needed to prove my case.

There are a few other e-mails and messages which I have not posted, smoking guns, but I can’t post them because I fear my stalkers would recognize who wrote them–and do something horrible to the writers.  I will not be indirectly responsible for that.

So now I will try to focus on general topics that could still help people who have been in my situation, updates on the process of healing, and other things, such as my college memoirs.

Anger helps in healing and disconnecting from your abuser, but if left in your system too long, begins to poison you.

And that’s just what Tracy wants: poison running through my system, time bombs carrying on her work in my head long after I’ve cut her out of my life like a diseased leg.

Tomorrow, friends are hosting a cribbage tournament, so I want to focus on that, focus on being with cool people and having fun.

So the Scouts are now considering whether to allow gays. I think it’s awesome if they do: No more official discrimination/bigotry.

The policy against gays makes me very uncomfortable, what with having my boy in the Scouts, and not wanting to teach him bigotry.  I want to teach him better than what I grew up with, in a more ignorant time.

However, my husband is ambivalent, especially since–while he doesn’t want to tell others how to live–he’s very conservative.  And a family member is very glad to have a daughter instead of a son, said he’d keep a son out of the Boy Scouts if they allow gays.

It just hurts to see this stuff going on at home.  I’m trying to break free of what we were taught about this growing up.  I want my son to never learn it.  The older I get, the more liberal I get.  The more I want my son to not be held back by the false beliefs of the past.  But how do you deal with it when the approach in your own household is so split?

My Own Son Thinks I’m Weird! Sigh….. :)

So I was explaining to my little boy how I used to make up all sorts of worlds and stories, then act them out–by myself–on the school playground.  (Nobody else could do the parts “right,” so I played them all myself.)  I’ve written about this here, here and here.

He’s 9; at that age, I had a large cast of characters which I made with my hands, basically hand puppets: Figure 8, dogs, cats, one or two humans, Rubber Duck (from the song Convoy).

I pretended to be a human colonist on the 10th planet, Spimpy, but the grass was poison, so we had to stay up on the Kee-Klamp (the name on a piece of playground equipment which was a twisty pipe with several ladders).

I pretended to be Neptune’s moon Nereid, as described here, with a whole host of other heavenly bodies making up the cast in my imagination: the sun, Earth, Mars, Venus, comets, etc. etc.

I pretended to be Pirate Samantha, the pirate cat, who sailed with her clumsy boyfriend Dodo and the captain and the rest of the crew, crapping on the poop deck and looking out the crow’s nest, fighting pirate dogs with trick knives so nobody got killed, and hoping to get dinner from pirate mice and birds.

I described some of this to my son and how I used to act out these stories on the playground.

Then I said that I acted them out by myself, and the other kids would think I was weird.

Then what did that little boy say?  What did my precious little boy say?

He said, “I can see that.”


Grumble grumble….But at least I’ve taught him how to spell my real name correctly.  Practically everybody on the planet spells it wrong, even on documents, even when I’ve already spelled it correctly for them.  But my son can spell it!


Rat-Obsessed Teacher and Doctor Zhivago; A Teacher Dated a Student; InterVarsity Fun–College Memoirs: Life at Roanoke–September 1993, Part 4

Rat-Obsessed Teacher and Doctor Zhivago

Intro to Lit had its good and bad points: Many of the stories were interesting, but many were dull or depressing, such as “Death of a Salesman.”

I told Clarissa, who also had the class, that the teaching style reminded me of high school teachers.  I think it was from the way the teacher spoke to us (talking down to us like children) and the kinds of assignments he gave us.

Part of it was also the journal we had to keep: It reminded me of the folders (called “notebooks”) we had to use and turn in back in junior high.  (If you didn’t do your folder correctly in junior high, you’d get a bad grade.  With my NVLD, I constantly got bad grades on my folders.)  I was in college now, and didn’t want to be treated like a high school student anymore.

I loved “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams, though the ending disappointed me.  I identified with the girl, with her being a loner and the odd one.  I loved the football guy’s statement that because she was different, she was special.

At the end of one of my essays, the teacher wrote, “An excellent response.  You write well (I hope you’re thinking about becoming a writing or English major!).”  The funny thing was, I already was a Writing major, which I would have to be by junior year if I wanted to get my major completed before graduation.  I wondered if he thought I was a freshman, like many people in the class were.

The teacher was a young man with dark hair, a brown leather jacket, and a gray or black cap in the style of the 1930s.


Junior Honors was quite an adventure.  I also read its assignments while working in the library.  I made out a reading schedule for the semester which allowed me to read everything on time, yet without having too much to read for some books and not enough for others each day.  Because of this, I was often ahead of the rest of the class (the ones who even read the books).

I almost took one of the Junior Studies classes instead, especially since one of them was about the Holocaust.  In the end, though I wished I could take both Junior Honors and The Holocaust, I was glad I stuck with Junior Honors.  The books were fascinating and the class was interesting.  (A few books, however, were dry.)

Our first book was All Quiet on the Western Front by Enrich M. Remarque.  I had always heard of it, but never read it or seen the movie.

It was terribly depressing: As I read through the books of the course, at least two of which were about the Lost Generation of the twenties, I discovered why they were called this and why they felt this way.

World War I and its horrors of the trenches had instilled a sort of hopelessness; many young people apparently turned to the parties and drinking and dancing and sex and such of the flapper generation to escape this hopelessness and horror.

This book gave a good reason why they would feel that way, as it followed Paul Bäumer’s loss of innocence in the war.  Rats figured prominently, invading the trenches and doing such horrible things that I never looked at rats the same way again.  I didn’t know they were scavengers of dead meat.  I didn’t know they–ate the things they ate.  I’d thought they were more like mice, eating cheese and such.  It took a long time to get certain images out of my head.

And the war itself destroyed Paul and his personality.  He could find no other place to feel at home anymore except the Front.

Next came The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, September 24 and 29.  This was a bit of a relief, but not much because now we saw the effects of the war on the young people after it was already over.

Before I read it, Sharon and Pearl and others were sitting at lunch one day looking for a topic of conversation, and Sharon said, “Let’s talk about Brett.”  They thought it disgusting that she would sleep with so many guys so easily, and they didn’t understand her.

On October 8, we talked about “The Communist Manifesto” by Karl Marx.  It was surprising to see this slim, white book among the others I bought for the class.  We were even amused at the idea of reading it in class, this subversive treatise.  I wrote a scathing review of it.

Long before anyone else read Doctor Zhivago, or at least so it seemed, it was time for me to start reading it.  Since it was so long, I gave myself plenty of time to get through it before the class discussion.  I liked it a lot, though parts (such as the train ride) dragged just as I expected a Russian novel to do.

(I still remembered from high school English that Fyodor Dostoevsky was paid by the word, and got very wordy.  From the way Zhivago was written, it appeared to be the same thing with Boris Pasternak.)  Some liked the train scene, though.

Sharon, Pearl and I called Yurii a male slut because of the way he kept going from one woman to another, calling them wives while the first wife was still living (without any sort of legal ceremony or divorce), and sleeping with the new woman while forsaking the last.  Was polygamy allowed in turn of the century Russia?

This book was also a welcome change from the depressing books we’d been reading.  It had been suppressed by the Communist government, and after reading it, I knew why: It had some unflattering things to say about Communism.

And it also had a rat scene.

Though the front blurb said that the book had been made into “a magnificent motion picture,” we soon learned otherwise.  We rented and watched it the evening of Friday, November 5 in the Phi-Delt suite.  Mike and others joined us.  This was the movie with the ever-popular “Lara’s Song,” the song on my old music box.

We thought Tonia was portrayed scandalously as a silly woman, when in the book she was not.  The whole story was twisted and strewed around in different ways than the book told it.  We thought the movie was just awful, and decided that a person should never see the movie after reading the book.

On December 1 we talked about The Plague by Albert Camus.  Yet again rats figured in the story.  The concept, a modern city stricken with the bubonic plague, was fascinating, though morose.  I liked the book despite its depressing qualities, and was happy when the plague finally began to abate.  On page 54, I noted that Camus seemed to refer to the premise of one of his other books, The Stranger.  (I read that in high school English class.)

In class, I also mentioned the proper pronunciations of the French names, which Dr. Lister tried to use (though “Rieux,” when said with the French “r,” can be hard for those who don’t know how to say it).  On page 220, I noted that the night before I had dreamed about a plague.  I wonder why.  The scariest thing I read was on the very last page: that the plague is never truly gone, that it is only just waiting to be brought back out again.

One day, we asked, “Why do you keep making us read about rats?  Are you obsessed with them?”

The teacher, a UCC pastor named Dr. Lister, said, “Rats?  No, I’m scared of them, actually.  I didn’t realize they’re a common theme.”

Though Dr. Lister was often considered a difficult teacher, we disagreed.  Though other classes might have an almost impossible time getting an A out of him, with us he seemed much more lenient.  We liked him.


Advanced Fiction Writing class was supposed to be about writing fiction, but all we really read or studied in class were true-life narratives.  That’s not fiction!  The teacher would have us pass around and read paragraphs from stories she brought in, which were always narratives and usually bored me to tears.  I don’t have a problem with reading about other people’s lives (heck I’ve been writing about my own); she just always seemed to find the most boring ones.

I’d expected this to be one of my favorite classes, as Fiction class had been the previous year, but instead it was the one I liked least.  Whenever any of us tried to write what we considered fiction, or what we wanted to write (science fiction or fantasy, for example), she wouldn’t know what comments to give about it.

The genre of the story shouldn’t have mattered: She could still have looked at structure, plot, characterization, punctuation, sentence structure, and the like.  She told us she didn’t want us writing science fiction or fantasy, which was a problem because at least two or three people wanted to.

Terry was supposed to be my Fiction teacher, but he left the college before junior year began.  I forget why; I think he and his wife moved.

For a final project, I handed in a revised version of “An Unwilling Time-Traveler,” a story I wrote in high school.  Friends loved it.  When the teacher had me come see her about it, as she did with everyone, she said that because it was science fiction she didn’t know what to say about it.  She had very little helpful to say.

The teacher was definitely a sixties rebel.  She may have even been at Woodstock.  She sometimes wore her shortish, graying hair in two ponytails or maybe even pigtails.

At the end of the year, we were to prepare a story for publication, and have another member of the class read it.  I re-wrote “Bedlam Castle,” and a classmate read it.  When the teacher asked her about it, she said she didn’t quite understand it.  But when asked if she would publish it as an editor, she said yes.

She also recognized it from Fiction, having been in Terry’s class with me.  I was glad she read it and saw the changes I’d made, which I was proud of.  I took it back and set it aside for a while, wondering what I should do with it to make it easier to understand.

A Teacher Dated a Student; InterVarsity Fun

On one of the first days of school, as Pearl and I walked around campus, she told me that working for the faculty secretary meant she heard campus gossip about teachers.  She told me that Wesley had dated a student, and that he was now married.

A few years later, I discovered that the story was true–and that the student was a friend of mine.  But I won’t reveal her name on the Net…. I will say that he still remembered her years later when I found Wesley on Facebook.

Here are some stories from Pearl’s childhood:

1) She found an old picture of herself sitting on the refrigerator, put there as a punishment.  She was very small, and wore ugly, plaid, ’70s pants.

2) Her parents would tell her to behave and she’d say, “I am being have!”  This became one of our catchphrases.

3) One day, Pearl looked at a guy’s yard and said it was ugly.  Her parents joked that his garage door was open, he might hear, and “he’s probably in there with a rifle.”

So that became a code word between her and her dad: “rifle” meant “the person you’re talking about is right behind you.”  We also adopted this in the Group.

All semester, InterVarsity taped posters to the walls of the Campus Center in Bossard and the stair well.  We’d advertise meetings, special events, Bible studies, and the group itself.  We spent many evenings in the RC-CAB (Roanoke College Campus Activities Board) room, which had rolls of poster paper and large and small markers.

These were special markers, not the kind you buy in the store, but gigantic markers.  I loved the intoxicating, heady smell of the ink, and we had lots of fun making the posters.  It was usually me, Astrid, Pearl, Sharon, maybe Mike, Tara, Clarissa, and maybe others.

We and, especially, Astrid loved to joke about putting subliminal messages in the posters: “Come to InterVarsity!”  I think we may have tried this once or twice, putting in little notes like this all over the poster.

For Christmas time, we were assigned to decorate the display case in the Campus Center lounge.  We decided to do a group of small posters showing the events of the birth of Christ.  I designed and drew them.  Sharon told me to make them simple, so I did, as much as I could.

I can remember a picture of Mary and Joseph on the donkey.  I was very proud of these pictures, which Sharon and maybe others helped me color.  I took pictures of them for my mom, but never did get around to getting those pictures developed, which is a pity.

We put these pictures, empty boxes wrapped up like presents, and maybe other decorations in the display case one night.  It was fun to open up the glass doors and crawl into the case.

Over one summer, possibly the one of 1993, we saw a commercial by a group called the 70s Preservation Society.  This guy sat at a table in a leisure suit and advertised a CD of 70s disco hits.

We all thought it a good joke: Who’d want to preserve the 70s, and why would someone be advertising disco, widely thought of as the biggest, lamest joke of the 70s?  (Though I admit, some of those songs still sounded good.)  Youtube did not disappoint: The commercial is here for your viewing pleasure.

Cast of Characters (Work in Progress)

Table of Contents

Freshman Year

September 1991:

October 1991:

November 1991:

December 1991: Ride the Greyhound
January 1992: Dealing with a Breakup with Probable NVLD
February 1992:

March 1992: Shawn: Just Friends or Dating?

April 1992: Pledging, Prayer Group–and Peter’s Smear Campaign

May 1992:

Sophomore Year 

Summer 1992:

September 1992:

October 1992–Shawn’s Exasperating Ambivalence:

November 1992:

December 1992:

January 1993:

February 1993:

March 1993:

April 1993:

May 1993:

Summer 1993: Music, Storm and Prophetic Dreams

September 1993:

October 1993:

November 1993:

December 1993:

January 1994:

February 1994:

March 1994:

April 1994:

Senior Year 

June 1994–Bits of Abuse Here and There:

July & August 1994:

January 1995:

February 1995:

March 1995:

April 1995:

May 1995:


Toxic Friendships: Unfriend: Breaking up is hard to do–especially when it comes to friends

From the article by Samantha Strong:

What is a toxic friend?

Sometimes friendships take a turn for the worst when one person in the relationship becomes manipulative or abusive. They are sometimes referred to as toxic friends.

A toxic friend is someone who brings out the worst in you, according to Psychology Today. Not only do you feel unhappy after being around them, you find yourself disappointed, unfulfilled, disrespected and angry after spending time with them.

They may put friends down when you expect them to pick you up, and are often unsupportive or overly demanding. They focus on themselves when you talk about your own life and make you feel inferior.

This person should be easy to ditch, right?  For some reason these friendships are sometimes the hardest to end, experts say. Often one of the people in the relationship may feel trapped because they’ve been friends since a young age. Some feel the toxic friend has no one else to turn to, according to

Moraine Park Technical College student Nicole Menard said she ended a friendship of three years when it took a toxic turn.

“Over time she changed,” Menard, 33, said. “The person I wanted to be friends with in the first place disappeared.”

Another MPTC student, 20-year-old Elizabeth Weninger, ended a seven-year friendship because her friend began spreading rumors.

“I was getting voicemails and hearing things that weren’t true,” Weninger said. “It ruined high school for me.”

At times, toxic friendships can turn into dangerous situations such as stalking, threats or other forms of abuse. Don’t respond, Brewer advises, other than to explain that you will communicate with the facts and involve the police if the behavior does not stop.

“You have the right to feel safe and valued in your friendships with others and to leave that relationship if you do not,” Anderson said. “If the friendship is important to you, try communicating the changes you would like or need to see.”  —Breaking Up is Hard to Do–Especially When it Comes to Friends

My own story of toxic friendship is here.