Special Forces and Secret Heroes

Beauty in the Dark Places  By: Susan Deborah Schiller Once upon a time I was a productive, high achieving woman who knew her purpose in life and gave her all for her family, for her church, and for her clients. I looked normal on the outside, just like everyone else around me, but the world […]


We Shall Overcome Part One of "Secret Heroes"  Part Two of "Secret Heroes"  Part Three of "Secret Heroes" By: Susan Deborah Schiller One of my church leaders threatened to rape me. A second leader claimed he was going to torture me with knives, beginning with my feet and working up. In cohoots, my husband threatened to take piano wire and […]


Sharing a Painful Secret Can Relieve Some of the Pain By: Susan McKenzie   Photo Credit: Self-Harm Support He walked into our hotel this afternoon, toting a black plastic bag. He asked me for help to get to the Hot Springs State Park. His eyes suddenly watered, as tears began to spill and his story poured […]


Did I live fully? Did I love well? By: Susan McKenzie Have you ever considered what you would like your epitaph to say? Nearly every day I walk through our local cemetery, where it seems I know more people in that neck of the neighborhood than among the neighboring streets and houses. It's the busiest […]


"The One" Secret Heroes, Part 3 Secret Heroes 1 Secret Heroes 2 Secret Heroes 4 By: Susan McKenzie It was a stuffy late spring day in sixth-grade language arts class and I was incredibly bored. I let my mind freely wander during the redundant lessons. Our chairs faced forward, prohibiting us from glancing out the […]


You will believe what you see. You will speak what you believe. You will have what you say. A reader of the "Love from Papa" letters recently wrote to me sharing how family members and close friends had always formed judgments against them, speaking these things both behind their back and in their presence, criticizing […]


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