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Check out this article about the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomena, including a list of organizations which strongly oppose this sick trend, and have implemented various means of helping women who have been sexually victimized.


Were you raised by a narcissist? Chances are you were if you suffered any form of childhood abuse. The Little Red Survivor website is filled with excellent articles examining the many faces of narcissism.


It's been a long time coming---7 years to be exact---but finally email notifications for new BD posts is available. Sign up today and never again miss another post. You know you want to!













Kate Is Rising has an excellent Survivors Resources page which directs you to numerous websites dealing with issues of abuse, healing and recovery. Please bear in mind that the information on these pages may be triggering.



There's lots of good stuff at the Dissociation Blog Showcase, including a list of 180 blogs dealing with some aspect of this disorder. 



On the Overcoming Sexual Abuse site there's an article entitled, "It's Not About You Mom" which I could have written myself. I bet many of my readers could say the same!








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Beauty's Face Lift

Isn't it a kick when the shoe fits?

Once upon a time, in the midst of his happy ever after love for Beautyrella, the Prince suddenly asked her, oh so gently, "Do you think it's time for a face lift, darling?" A soft sigh escaped Beauty's lips at the thought that her dear lover found her less than appealing. "Your features have become rather dark and drab," he prodded, and picking up one of her listless, liver-spotted hands, kissed it affectionately.

A single tear formed in the corner of Beauty's eye; she could hardly believe her ears. "But," she faltered, searching for the right words to convey her consternation, "but darling," she managed, "I like dark. It suits me so."

At this the Prince chuckled. "You no longer live in the cellar," he reminded her with a twinkle in his eyes. "You must live according to your new station in life as the Prince's beloved!"

"Oh," Beauty gasped, eyes widening with sudden comprehension, "then I shall array myself in the softest pinks, for they are the hues of my love's devotion."

Uh, yeah. That conversation never quite happened. I'm writing metaphorically, for it's my blog (and only my blog, I hope) in dire need of a facelift. What you see here is the result of total frustration with a template which was too dark, fonts too small (which couldn't bear tampering, or rather which I didn't dare tamper with at the risk of my sentences being all smushed together.)

I hope this blog will better suit my readers' needs. Some of them, like myself, are getting on in years and need a bit larger font. And maybe there's a bit of symbolism here; I've been writing recently about coming out of my trance, of this being the year for me to turn things around. How fitting, then, to begin with a lighter, easier to read blog. My old site is still available HERE for those of you who are dying to delve into its archives and do some catch up reading. I know you're out there somewhere!


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