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Make this your Summer for FUN while HEALING. 

Growing up in an abusive environment is NO FUN AT ALL. But now you’re an adult, and you’re determined to feel better (That’s why you read and contribute to MV.) So here’s a challenge for you: What do you do for pleasure and happiness as you continue the difficult work of recovery?


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It’s pretty clear that I like to take pictures of flowers…but why should I have all the fun? MV Insider readers are invited to share YOUR photos of Summer Vacation or other fun activities for possible future use  in the E-Newsletter.  Please send no more than 2 or 3 of your favorite photos, as .jpgs, with a description. We may build a web photo gallery for all to see!

You don’t have to share your real name, or show your face. Just show us what you enjoy!


A profusion of Shasta Daisies

Red Caladiums in my shady front yard.


Survivor/Activist/Musician Michael Skinner has donated copies of his three CDs: "Pirates", "Train of Tears", and "Waitin’ for a Train" to MANY VOICES for fundraising. Listen to the music at his website, then contact Lynn by email or phone (513) 751-8020, to order your preferred CDs for $12 each, shipping included.  We will have a Paypal page up soon, but it’s not ready yet. 😦

New Fundraising Effort: MV will SELL Review Copies of Reviewed Books! We’ve given away hundreds of books to libraries & shelters. From now on, the "gift" will be to MV! If you want a book we’ve reviewed, call 513-751-8020 or email. If we still have it on our shelves, it’s yours. First come, first served. Usually only one copy available. We will discount the price, but there will be a shipping charge. Pay via credit card or your paypal account.

We need $850 to cover remaining printing costs for the June issue (includes a few thousand of those big brown envelopes that keep your privacy intact.) Also, MV’s non-profit postage permit is due in early July: $185. I am not able to pay this by myself, folks. We need your help! DONATE NOW VIA PAYPAL

If your hospital or clinic is interested in advertising in our MVMC supplement, contact Lynn. We’d love to help you offer MV readers quality  health care services!  


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ISSTD Conference Registration is NOW OPEN!

ISSTD’s 27th annual conference will be held October 16-18, 2010 at the Atlanta Hilton Hotel. 

The theme for this year’s meeting is "Clinical Consequences of Complex Psychological Trauma: Assessment, Treatment and Recovery."

Plenary addresses:
Does Child Abuse Permanently Alter the Human Brain?
Martin Teicher, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Developmental Trauma Disorder: A New Diagnosis for Childhood Interpersonal Trauma
Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

NOTE: Pre-conference workshops will be featured on October 14 & 15, covering treatment for traumatized couples, complex trauma, children and adolescents, and much more.


Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse32nd Weekend of Recovery. July 16-18, 2010. Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
S.M.A.R.T. Conference: Aug 6-8, 2010. Windsor Locks, CT.
5th Annual Outsider Art in the Hamptons: Now thru Sept 6, 2010 in Westhampton, NY.
Prepare now for the  Healing Together Conference: February 5-6, 2011. Lake Buena Vista, FL
Educational & Support conference for survivors, supporters of those with DID.
Interested mental health professionals are welcome. Request for Proposals & Scholarship forms available.

Thanks to the generous gift of donated copies by author Jane Wegscheider Hyman, this excellent and inspiring book is offered to MANY VOICES’ readers at a discount: Only $15 per copy, including media-mail shipping to all US destinations.

From the book jacket: "The women in ‘I Am More Than One’ are living proof that you can find new sources of strength through family and friends, build a rewarding, successful career, and still hold on to your own unique identity." These messages of hope and encouragement are essential reading for people who want to learn how to survive and thrive despite painful histories of trauma and abuse.

Dr. Hyman is a researcher and writer on women’s health and a member of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation. She is the author of several well-received, helpful books.


Or call Lynn W. at 513-751-8020, to order over the phone.


How Women with
Dissociative IdentityDisorder Have Found Success in Life and Work
By Jane Wegscheider Hyman PhD

VOLUNTEERS needed! We’re getting some great help, but can still use more web-researchers for the public education site …so if you like to browse the internet, here’s your chance to help MV while you explore! Also, we want lists of community mental health clinics in your area that might appreciate a free subscription to MANY VOICES.  Please contact me if you can help with this.  Substance abuse facilities, homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters are also logical places that might welcome MV. We want to increase our outreach to the people who need us most. THANK YOU!

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Last chance to send in your Theme Ideas for 2011. Also – we had a little problem (MY fault!) with a few labels for the June issue. If you subscribed recently but have not yet received your copy, CALL me or email and I’ll double check our mail list. If you’re not sure when your subscription expires, ask Lynn!

You can renew your subscription on Paypal, here.

August 2010: Sexuality: Choices & Dilemmas. Is your partner involved in your therapy? Safely opening up about abuse. ARTWORK: Loving yourself and others. Deadline: June 10, 2010.

October 2010: Dealing With Authority. Communicating with Medical Doctors, Lawyers, Police and more. Share Problems or Successes. Evaluating Physical Conditions vs Body Memories. ARTWORK: Images of Dissociation. DEADLINE: August 10, 2010.

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We received several great replies for Nicki, who went back to work after being on disability –suddenly everything was quiet inside! Read the answers and add your comments!
Please read through the whole list of Sharing Questions, and reply to any, no matter when the topic first appeared. We continually add replies to old questions, so take a look!

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recovering from trauma and abuse, their families and friends.
We also want to assist trauma treatment professionals who guide people
in recovery toward a healthier, happier life. Please help us perform these
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Call me personally at 513-751-8020. I want to hear from you!
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It’s the last week to vote! Voting ends June 20th.

People Magazine and MLB All-Stars Among Us Contest
People Magazine and MLB All-StarsWe’re so excited to share that we have been nominated for the People® MLB® All-Stars Among Us Contest for individuals that go above and beyond for their community! This is such a huge honor for Enchanted Makeovers!
You can help by spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter, your blog and website! Every vote counts!
Everyone can vote as many times as they like, and the voting is very simple (one click – that’s it). You’ll find Terry Grahl on the Cleveland Indians team.

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KISSS My B and Get on with It

Posted: 09 Jun 2010 11:40 PM PDT

I came downstairs 90 minutes ago and I am just now starting to write.  I guess I could blame my daughter for distracting me.  She came down stairs to see what mom was doing.  She actually asked if she could help me find a suitable bag for our scavenger hunt. (We interrupt this blog post to interject some mystery and shamelessly coax you into reading to the end. Just pretend you are watching the news as they break for commercial, "When we return breaking news on several Jesus sightings,")

I feel like I am getting too caught up in the details, which may be my way of putting off what is really important, MY MISSION.

Modern B*a*g Ladies is an inclusive sisterhood.  Our mission is to fuel each others Beliefs, so we are charged to take Action and Go to our dreams. 

We will spread our new found joy, shred our own and others fears and just have more fun. We are real! We are not yes ladies! We are OH YES Ladies and it feels great!
So I’ve made a decision.  Which is that I will make a decision and GO!!! You know the "A" and "G" in the bag, realizing there’s a false "B" (borrowed belief) which is hissing in my ear, "You can’t do that. Blah, Blah and Blah."
I’m going to KISS my bought and borrowed beliefs and get on with it.  Keep it Simple Super Star!  I guess that’s KISSS.  KISSS the HISS goodbye.  Yep I’m talking myself into it.  Embrace the process.  One small step for Kim. One giant step for KIM being KIND to herself.  Gosh you’d think I was trying to walk on the moon here.  Actually, sometimes it feels like it.
Here’s some action words for all you Discover Your B*a*g OH Yes Ladies: Reading, Thinking, Talking.  All very nice verbs indeed.  Necessary?  YES. Enough?  NO. Reading will inspire you and get you thinking.  It may teach you a new skill.  I talk about wonderful books all the time.  I tell people my plans, but when it comes right down to it I need to blister my feet and callus my hands more.  This involves forcing myself into a corner and finding my way out. You must force change upon yourself.  You can’t read and get it. Think it and get. Talk about it and get it.  You must want it bad enough that you are willing to lose going after it and getting back up again and fighting some more.

So, today on my way to work I see a man walking.  I see more people walking these days.  One morning I saw a woman walking.  She was carrying a purse.  How many people carry their purse on a walk meant for exercise?  I turn the truck around. Approaching her I lower the window and ask if she needed a ride. No I’m just walking.  I kind of felt stupid.  I see her almost every day now and it makes me smile.  I honor anybody committed to more exercise.  Yet, for all I know she had her car repossessed and now she has to walk to work.  Either way she walks in a proud way.
A robe, long beard, sandals, walking stick, large rosary and a backpack.  "Should I stop?"  I lower my speed, holding up traffic behind me. My sister picked up a hitch hiker once.  Dad sternly schooled her in the dangers of picking up strangers. "I am on a major highway. What could happen?  There’s too many witnesses."    I increase my speed.  "This is going to delay my arrival to work."  Blinker on, I make a quick U turn and head back toward "Jesus". 
I approach and lower my window, "Is there anything I can do for you?"  I don’t remember what he says.  He looks very normal except for his clothes.  "Are you on a pilgrimage?"  "Do you walk everywhere?"  He explains that yes indeed a pilgrimage.  The first in 7 years as he as been ill.  I offer him $10.  He can not accept money, only food, water and shelter.  He had his lunch for today and today only. He explained that he was part of some brotherhood order.  "Safe journey.  I will be praying for you."   He replied, "And I will pray for you as well."  I do another U turn and he continues to walk.  "Dang I could have offered him my orange I had packed for my lunch today."  I momentarily hear that hissing in my ear.
3 years ago I would not have stopped for either traveler. Sad, but true.  In a small way this is a step towards the blisters and the calluses.  Writing tonight did not come easy. It is a labor of love or an emotional labor I wrote about in my article on The Survivor Manual titled, Sister Subsets and Brother Brackets.  Tonight I wrote a letter to a woman that I do not know well.  I learned recently she was the women who was raped by two men. It was in the papers and the 2 men were not convicted. 3 years ago I wouldn’t have wrote that letter.
I will continue to read, think and talk.  Apparently it’s inspiring some worthy actions.  I must be kind to myself and travel ahead with faith and less fear.  Did you know the most quoted commandment in the bible is "do not fear?"  I shared a kind word and hope with a man that looked like Jesus today.  Knowing that he is praying for me brings me comfort.  I leave this post off to bed sending loving energy to him and a few others.  It is a worthy action.  Necessary?  YES!

I really liked this today…how we grow some days is amazing…and how we stay stuck is clearer on others.  Both are hard to work at.  LadyJ

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June 8, 2010


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PAVE Newsletter

Shatter the Silence of Sexual Violence

May 2010

In this Issue

:: Gala Photos, Media, & How You Can Help!

:: Lucky Days Film

:: Free CyberSafety Web Presentation for Parents

:: Save the Date!

:: Chapter Highlight – PAVE in the News

:: Jasmine’s Law Victory Party

:: NFL Petition for Sexual Assault Training

:: Security on Campus, Inc.

Dear Jacki m,

PAVE shatters the silence of sexual violence through social awareness, educational outreach, and legislative efforts. By being both prevention and awareness focused, PAVE works on all fronts to end sexual violence affecting men, women and children throughout the globe.
We use art, education and action to challenge cultural norms that encourage violence and ignore the spectrum of sexual abuse.  We create an awareness and response to any injustices victims, survivors and their communities suffer.
You’re invited to join this important work – learn more today!

PAVE’s 10th Anniversary Gala

Gala Committee

Gala Committee, Pictured Clockwise: Laura Dunn, Sarah Mathe, Angela Rose, Jaime Gill, Laura Schwartz, Maria Del Favero, Karin Sosnoff, Glenn Murray, Melinda & Cece of Raymi Productions, Sandra Ditore, Mary Vasquez (not pictured: Shiela Brown)

Photo thanks to Ashley Hamm of Ooh Ahh Photography.

See the photo slide show by

clicking here

ABC7 News


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Sec of State Jesse White and Dr JordanThanks to everyone who came out to support PAVE’s Gala! We enjoyed an evening of music, dancing, silent auction, inspiring speakers including IL Secretary of State Jesse White, Author/Speaker/Political Commentator/PAVE Board Member Laura Schwartz, and it was hosted by WGN News Anchor Bob Jordan.

If you couldn’t make it, it’s not too late to help!

Here is how you can help PAVE!…

☐ $25 brings resources to religious centers for victims of sexual and domestic violence
☐ $50 promotes a male survivors and allies conference or awareness event
☐ $100 creates one educational DVD and curriculum for a college
☐ $300 mobilizes a grassroots campaign through one-click action alerts
☐ $1,000 brings a speaker to a school or juvenile detention center to talk on empowerment after abuse
☐ $3,000 funds an annual art for awareness event in L.A., NYC or D.C.
☐ $5,000 supports a year of PAVE campaigns for all awareness months

Thank you for your generosity!

"Lucky Days" Film Premieres Benefit PAVE Across the Country

"Lucky Days," is the last film produced by Paul Newman.

Rip Torn and Frederico Castelluccio from "The Sopranos" star in in it as well as Torn’s daughter, Angelica.

She’s also the writer and director and a strong PAVE supporter. PAVE thanks Angelica for shattering the silence of violence!

Pictured above: The cast of Angelica Torn’s film Lucky Days enjoying their sold out Boston Premiere by celebrating afterward at Daminano’s restaurant.


Lucky Days

Free CyberSafety Web Presentation for Parents

June 2 – Please join us for this FREE web presentation to learn strategies for keeping your children safe on the internet.

As the school year comes to an end, many children will be spending their summer vacation at home unsupervised while their parents are at work. This summer, more kids than ever will spend time online, chatting with "friends" on social networking sites, playing on-line games, surfing the web and texting through their cellular phones. Attorney General McCollum, along with FBI-SOS and Nova Southeastern University, will host a free cybersafety web presentation for parents on June 2, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.




30th NOVA Conference

Date: August 22-25, 2010
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Purpose: The conference will focus on enhancing your the skills to work with victims. There are plenty of opportunities for all to refine your professional capacities and develop specialized skills.

More information available

National Sexual Assault Conference

Date: September 1-3, 2010
Location: L.A., California
Purpose: The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault will be hosting the 2010 national conference
Learn more

15th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT)

Date: Sept. 12-15, 2010

Location: San Diego, CA

Purpose: The mission is to provide professional training and information dissemination to improve the quality of life for those affected by violence, abuse, and trauma on local, national, and international levels; PAVE is a collaborating organization


PAVE Chapter Highlight

PAVE – La Crosse, WI
Our PAVE Chapter at Western Technical College in La Crosse, WI held an awesome walk during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.  PAVE-La Crosse Chapter Chair, Noelle Weber, was featured on Channel 8 News in La Crosse.  View the clip below.
Group pounds the "PAVE"ment to raise awareness about sexual assault:

Noelle Weber

Jasmine’s Law Victory Party

Please join us with Moms on a Mission to Stop Violence to celebrate the passage of SB1020 "Jasmine’s Law" and recognize the efforts of our honorary guests for their work and commitment to protect children from sexual violence: Jasmine Jimenez – Survivor, Justice Activist, State Senator Michael Bond – Chief Sponsor, State Representative Dennis Reboletti – Chief House Sponsor, Supervisor Patricia Jones – Chairperson Coalition to Reduce Recidivism, Lieutenant Gilbert Rivera – Round Lake Beach Police Department and David Rutter – Former Editor, News-Sun "Too young for justice" series.

Click here for the flyer

Urge NFL Commission & Team Owners to Institute new Sexual Assault Awareness Training Program

*Lawrence Taylor rape arrest: Ex-Giant accused of raping, beating teen girl in NY hotel
*Ben Roethlisberger Accused of Sexual Assault AGAIN (second allegation in 365 days)
*Former NFL Player Michael Irvin, accused of rape  (Cowboys)
*4 NFL Players Accused with Drugging, then Raping Woman – Dedric Ward, Charlie Batch, Ron Rice and Tyree Tolton

Need we say more? Enough is Enough. Now can we talk?

These players need to know that issues of violence affect everyone.  Our children look up to and aspire to be like these players.  Therefore, they should be expected to conduct themselves responsibly, promoting good and lawful values to be emulated.

Our goal is not to humiliate or hold a public trial. Our goal is to work with the NFL and the teams in order to educate them on the severity of their actions


Security on Campus
Emergency Guidebook
Security on Campus Inc. is offering a customizable Emergency Guidebook for you to tailor to your campus community! Learn more


Date: June 3-4, 2010
Location: Amherst, MA
Partnership: University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department

Date: July 7-8, 2010
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Partnership: University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Public Safety
Date: July 19-20, 2010
Location:Chicago, IL
Partnership: Northwestern University’s Police Department
PAVE’s Survivor Justice Director will be attending!


PAVE Mailing List
Twitter: PAVEInfo – PAVEJustice
PAVE Website
Angela Rose’s Website
Madison Chapter of PAVE

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Here’s what’s happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

New Diabetes Section on

I know – HealthyPlace is a mental health site, why would we open a section with comprehensive diabetes information? Here’s the shocking news:

One in every five people with a mental illness appear to develop diabetes – about double the rate of the general population. -NIMH

There are two theories on why diabetes amongst the mentally ill is growing at such an alarming rate:

  1. People with mental illness tend to eat fattening food, get little exercise and have limited access to health care.
  2. Antipsychotic medications have been linked to excessive weight gain; a primary risk factor for type 2 diabetes.

In the new HealthyPlace Diabetes Community, you’ll find detailed information on the symptoms, causes, treatments and complications of diabetes. Plus, we have a special section on Diabetes and Mental Illness written by award-winning mental health author, Julie Fast. If you are looking for specific articles, here’s the Diabetes section table of contents.

Diabetes is a serious and dangerous medical condition. It’s important you learn all you can about it.

Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts/experiences on developing, being diagnosed, and living with diabetes or any mental health subject, or respond to other people’s audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT


"Women In Love With Psychopaths" On HealthyPlace TV

Why do some women fall for men with severe psychopathology (Narcissists, Sociopaths and Psychopaths)? And if you’re in a pathological relationship, how do you get out? Author of "Women Who Love Psychopaths" and expert in pathological relationships, Sandra Brown M.A., answers those questions on this week’s HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show.

Watch the interview live and ask your personal questions, Wednesday, June 3 at 3p Central, 4p ET or catch it on-demand on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show website.

Still to Come in June on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show
  • PTSD: Dealing with Trauma in Your Life
  • Interview with Breaking Bipolar blogger, Natasha Tracy

If you would like to be a guest on the show or share your personal story in writing or via video, please write us at: producer AT

For previous HealthyPlace TV archived shows, click the "on-demand" button on the player.

From HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

First, we want to note that Bipolar Vida blogger, Cristina Fender, is leaving the blogging world. The good news is she’s going to college to pursue her dream of helping others with a mental illness. Cristina has written many wonderful posts on her journey to bipolar recovery which will remain on the HealthyPlace site. She shared what it’s like living with bipolar disorder and provided inspiration to many to aid in their recovery efforts. For that, we sincerely thank her and wish her the best.

Our new bipolar blogger is Natasha Tracy. Her blog, Breaking Bipolar,provides an inside look at bipolar disorder from a woman who’s received almost every bipolar treatment currently available. You can read more about Natasha and watch her new video here. I hope you’ll leave your comments on her blog. When you’re writing, it’s nice to get feedback from your readers.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.

Navigating The Social World For Young Adults With Social Anxiety

As our anxiety blogger, Aimee White, can tell you, living with social anxiety isn’t easy.  What can parents do when they have a teenager or adult child suffering from social anxiety?  Dr. Steven Richfield, the Parent Coach, has some parenting tips for helping an adult child with social anxiety.

We also encourage you to visit and share the new Parent Coach site with others. It’s located in the HealthyPlace Parenting Community. The site is home to nearly 200 brief articles addressing issues many of our "parent" readers are concerned about.

Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Seeking an Objective Test for Attention Disorder
  • Happiness May Come With Age, Study Says
  • Shedding Light on Recovered Memories
  • Mental Illness And Crime
  • Cannabis Use Linked to Better Cognitive Function in Schizophrenia
  • Cannabis Use Increases Psychosis-Related Outcomes
  • Bipolar Disorder Linked to Certain Positive Psychological Traits

That’s it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the site, I hope you’ll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week, follow HealthyPlace on Twitter or become a fan of HealthyPlace on Facebook.

Thank you,

Community Partner Team – America’s Mental Health Channel
"When you’re at, you’re never alone."

Another Road Trip

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or those of you who know me, I bet you never thought I’d go on a road trip to read the biggest book ever – the Bible!  If this goes well, I’ll read some more books but might as well start with this one because I’ve never read it and have been beaten many times because of it.

This whole thing started because of a tattoo on fellow artist and producer Judson Matthews. I commented that I really liked it and was shocked to find that it was a Bible verse. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will guide your path. Proverbs 3: 5-6

I shared my distrust in organized religion and how I’d heard so many horrible abuse stories centered around the church and he suggested I read the book myself.

I’m in Asheville, NC seeing about bringing my next film here but I need my dog with me and I refuse to fly her so I’m going on a road trip to get her in CA.  Judson is going with me and suggested we film our travels. I said we should read the Bible and film it so those who feel the same as I do can hear it and watch it. Have you ever read it? We’re going to read it to you!
Please watch our intro video on YouTube!

If you’d like to sponsor our trip beyond just subscribing to our daily videos and have a company or project you’d like us to advertise, check out our ABOUT page and contact



We’re posting daily videos and
readings. If you like them and find them helpful, please help us get across the country and back. Thank you! 

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We leave tomorrow (Thursday, June 3rd) and are hoping to get across country and back.  Follow our route and on twitter and come meet up with us. We need help with food and gas!

Thank you for going on this journey with us!
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Hello Sister Travelers, 

Much of the journey of Discovering Our B*a*g is a journey of seeking the truth.
Modern B*a*g Ladies is in essence, sharing my journey of discovering my own B*a*g and truth.  I have found time and time again that when I am giving fully of myself, for no other motive than to give a gift, I find my own truth.
This is why supporting the mission’s of Enchanted Makeovers and The Angela Shelton Foundation is key to MBL’s mission.
As we approach Father’s Day I want to offer you  an awesome opportunity to listen to truth in music.

Give The Gift of Music to Dad
(that you will want to borrow and put in your B*a*g)

chad elliott

Purchase CD for $20.00.

$10 goes to fund Bible Road Trip
Click here to listen, learn and purchse. Chad’s music will speak to you.  Proud to say he’s from Iowa.

Cityview says:

"Redemption is something a working artist like Chad Elliott understands. It is the saving or improving of something from irreversible decline. Sometimes it is the art. Other times it is the artist himself. Eight years ago, the 35-year-old singer-songwriter-guiartist bought a one-way ticket to California. With only $20 in his pocket, he immersed himself in San Francisco’s homeless community. For one month, he ate and slept with them. Then for the next 11 months, he lived in his car, rambling like a vagabond before returning to his native Iowa and settling down in Coon Rapids." – Michael Swanger, Cityview READ MORE

Spread Joy. Shred Fear. Have Fun.

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June News

It’s spring here at Enchanted Makeovers and there’s so much more than flowers blooming.
We just returned from our Ohio Shelter event and we’re gearing up for our next big event in Texas.  We never want a moment to go by when we don’t express our appreciation to our very own dream team that helps make all that we do possible. We have people working behind the scenes that keep things running smoothly, people that spread the word about Enchanted Makeovers whenever possible, that donate handmade gifts, gifts of necessity, gifts of time and knowledge and of course monetary donations.
Each and every one of you is a part of our very own dream team and we’re so thankful that you are.
A special thank you to Martha Stewart’s Dreamers into Doers members for their handmade gifts and huge support for the National Tour, and always, a special thanks to the Pink Slipper Ladies.
With Love,

People Magazine and MLB All-Stars Among Us Contest
People Magazine and MLB All-StarsWe’re so excited to share that we have been nominated for the People® MLB® All-Stars Among Us Contest for individuals that go above and beyond for their community! This is such a huge honor for Enchanted Makeovers!
You can help by spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter, your blog and website! Every vote counts!
Everyone can vote as many times as they like, and the voting is very simple (one click – that’s it). You’ll find Terry Grahl on the Cleveland Indians team.
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Inner Beauty – Ohio Shelter Event

Inner Beauty – A Creative Process of Sparkling from the Inside Out

On May 7th and 8th, Enchanted Makeovers, along with Cleveland, Ohio-based nonprofit Art on Wheels Inc. and The Plaid Pony, hosted a special Mother’s Day event to help women taking refuge at Laura’s Home Women’s Crisis Center in Cleveland explore their inner beauty and pursue their creative passions. The event was a huge success.

Click here to watch the video.

Beyond Hope II
Bringing Basic Back… The Life Skills of Love (Texas Shelter Event)
Enchanted Makeovers is on a national tour this year to bring awareness to communities on the importance of beauty and hope while recovering from abuse. Our goals include sharing a feeling of self worth between all of us.
All Dreamers into Doers are invited to join us in Dallas, Texas. Can’t make it? PLEASE check out our Dream List!
There are many ways that you can be a part of our dream team!

Enchanted makeover LogoEnchanted Makeovers is an internationally recognized, non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that transforms shelters for women and children into places of peace and possibilities-not just where basic needs are met, but spiritual needs for hope and beauty.
Working on a project basis, we organize volunteers and donors to create a lasting impact at shelters. In some cases, this means completing an ”extreme makeover” with new paint, handmade items and furnishings; in others it entails one-day events with inspirational gifts, sharing our personal stories; and always it involves continuous outreach to raise awareness of the plight of women and children in shelters.
Your contributions, whether it be monetary, in kind, or just helping us spread the word, is what makes us a success. Won’t you help us make more dreams possible in 2010 than ever before? It’s an amazing feeling to know that you’ve made a difference in someone’s life. I know, because you all make a difference in mine every day.
Terry Grahl, Founder
Enchanted Makeovers.

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Maternal Attachment Disorder

Pero Lo Amo


May  2010

Eliza Mae Mowery

She promised herself that she would someday find out the truth about her mother’s vicious murder.

One of the biggest steps in recovery is the journey into our own past history.

For Rozetta Mowery, this included a three generational look and the horrific murder called

Tragedy in Tin Can Holler

In the book and film, Mowery shows how she uncovered the hidden story of a family member who was a serial killer who got away with murder during the Depression. She also reveals others involved in incest, child abuse and domestic violence.

Rozetta Mowery

My book is an outlet to warn other people about the dangers of domestic violence and the aftermath of what happens to the children.

Watch Rozetta’s Slideshow

“All my life I wanted to find out why my father murdered my mother,” she says in a video “… I never envisioned the nightmarish things that I discovered about my father’s family.  Domestic violence on his side of the family began a century before I was even born, and it’s continued generation to generation.”

I Refuse to Submit Myself to Being Blamed … for a situation I had no control over.

Shattered Reality

Four more months passed quickly by without a word from the Prosecuting Attorney’s office. 

The holidays came and went.  My Aunt and Uncle continued to enjoy a carefree life.  They traveled.  They celebrated with our closed extended family at their granddaughter’s wedding. 

Kimberly Cherly

An event we had saved for, my children had looked forward to and my immediate family was ostracized from.  After years of closeness, not one of my sisters or I even received family Christmas cards – not from any one.

Forgiveness in the Face of Abuse

She was of the old school that taught women to step back and fiercely guard the illusion of family unity at any cost. 

She was a graduate of the same school that instructed women that they are nothing without a man, and that solely through the acquisition of a male partner do women validate their existence. 

Independence of thought and action was recommended only as long as it blended with that of their mates.

For twenty-five years, since the age of ten, I stood alone in the truth about the abuse in my family. 

The appearance of normalcy and safeguarding the family secret takes precedence over everything else.

Have you ever wondered if love at first sight is real?

Have you ever wondered if it would be an everlasting type of love? Can teen love be true love? This true story answers yes, to all of those questions.

Forever and Always is about a teenage girl (Trii) whose family background and adventurous spirit more often than not–work against her! One day, smitten by the sight of Trampus, she knows what she wants, if only, just this once, luck would be with her.

Trii’s is a tale of strength to over come the challenges she is faced with in life, to find true happiness with her beloved. Trii is a survivor of rape, sexual abuse,  physical abuse, as well as physiological abuse.

She demonstrates the true power of the Law of Attraction and how life changing it can be; going from a life of misery to that of success by willing it to be.

Forever and Always

The difference between the verbally abusive man and the physical batter

are not as great as many people believe.

The behavior of either style of abuser grows from the same roots and is driven by the same thinking. 

One of the obstacles to recognizing chronic mistreatment in relationships is that most abusive men simply don’t seem like abusers. 

The symptoms of abuse are there, and the women usually see them: the escalating frequency of put-downs.  Early generosity turning more and more into selfishness. 

Verbal explosions when he is irritated or when he doesn’t get his way.  Her grievances constantly turned around on her, so that everything is her own fault. 

His growing attitude that he knows what is good for her better than she does.

Making the Connection:

The First Stage of Recovery

Disclosure: Women entering treatment need a gradual disclosure process that occurs at their individual pace.  The importance of carefully and slowly allowing the memories and experiences of sexual abuse to be told cannot be overstated. 

Throughout this stage, there is a gradual shift from denial or minimization of the sexual abuse as tramautic to realization of its damaging effects.

Acute Crisis: A women often come to treatment because she is experiencing the effects of abuse as ongoing or recurring problems in her life. 

She may enter treatment acknowledging that she has become less able the function in her daily life or that she is suffering from multiple health problems.

She may have recently experienced marriage or the birth of a child; perhaps she has a child who just reach the age when the abuse  in her childhood began.

Can’t Hold

Us Down

Christina Aguilera

& Lil’ Kim

Get it Together

Indie Arie

Oh Mother

Christina Aguilera

Twisted Ballerina

Jayne Sachs


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The Surviving Spirit Newsletter – Healing the Heart Through the Creative Arts –

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. – Kahlil Gibran

Hi Folks, May 2010

I hope all is well for everyone, no complaints here, busy, but that’s okay. We here at the Surviving Spirit have lots of great news and resources to share for this month’s newsletter. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and with that in mind, here are some inspirational resources to help you and your loved ones on your healing journey.

A startling and sobering statistic that always bothers me – 1 in 5 people have to deal with some mental health concern at some point in their life, yet 2/3 of those folks don’t seek treatment or help due to the stigma and discrimination surrounding “mental illness”…how sad and how tragic that is.

1] Chato B. Stewart of Mental Health Humor [] has put together an incredible resource and outlet for some humor in which he honors 31 Mental Health Hero’s for the Month of May at Please check out the ‘character’ for May 14th…some guy with a guitar. Thanks Chato for this very special honor. Many of the folks receiving this newsletter also qualify as Mental Health Hero’s – keep doing what you’re doing!!!

2] The folks at Unveiling the Stigma have put together an incredible website to help those who suffer with depression and mental illness.

Also posted at their site is a Suicide Prevention Video – having lost two brothers and two friends to suicide, this is a subject matter very close to the heart for me. May is the birth month of my brother David who took his life…so Mental Health Awareness Month has a truly poignant significance for my self on so many levels. Perhaps if the stigma and discrimination weren’t so prevalent around mental illness and trauma, he might be with us today.

3] With that in mind, here’s two more websites for Suicide Prevention:

SPAN USA (Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network)

Center For Suicide Prevention

4] Not only is my friend Deb Damone involved with the PIPER [People Improving Peer Empowering Recovery] organization, she has also written a book on her life’s struggles with trauma, abuse & mental health concerns. She is one more shining example of a Surviving Spirit, you can learn more about PIPER and her book at

5] Carol Coussons de Reyes with the Office of Consumer Affairs in Lincoln, NE has put together a workbook involving the creative arts called Picture Recovery

“Struggle is necessary for growth, and from struggle we build wings to fly. This workbook invites the person to draw or cut out pictures of activities and actions that will support them in their own recovery.”

It can be downloaded and copied at –

I was fortunate to meet and work with Carol at the 2009 Alternative Conference that involved the creative arts.

6] My friend Judith Haire over in England and author of “Don’t Mind Me” has this helpful news to share:

“I’m letting you know that Chipmunkapublishing have
5 new free e-books available for you until the end of July 2010.
Mad Pride, Poems of Survival, Let’s Hang onto Mental Health and Sweet and Bitter Fool and Self Harm.
To download your very own free e-book(s), please visit and click on E- Books then Specials”

Surviving Spirit is very excited and honored to be promoting and selling Judith’s book; the info will be posted soon at [please keep in mind that the website is still under construction, but you can get a sneak peak]

7] Jim Hopper who is an instructor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, researcher, therapist, and consultant has helped create an incredible website called 1 In 6, @

It is designed to help men with unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood and for the people who care for them.

And his website has a wealth of information and resources pertaining to trauma and abuse. It is a site I have visited frequently; please check them both out to learn more.

8] Sarah Peterson with AAPD [American Association of People with Disabilities], a great advocacy organization, moderates the advocate and activist network with the mental health community via the website blog @ And you can sign up for the newsletter at I’ve been a member of this organization for a long time – they do some incredible work

9] Speaking of peer support and recovery, a few folks who have achieved incredible success [and deservedly so] with that are Mary Ellen Copeland and Shery Mead. I have many friends and know many others who speak highly of what their advocacy work has done for them in their healing journey. Please visit Mary Ellen’s website @

10] Shery Mead’s work regarding peer support and peer run crisis alternatives in mental health can be found at I had the good fortune to work with Shery many years ago on some advocacy efforts here in NH concerning trauma informed care and concerns for parents dealing with mental health issues. And as mentioned many newsletter ago, she was one of my original inspirations for becoming an advocate.

11] Speaking of parents struggling with mental health issues, this is a great book and one I highly recommend – it should be required reading for all treatment providers and for those involved in the court systems when dealing with a parent or parents struggling with mental health concerns. Too many times that darn label of “mental illness” can strip away the rights of a parent needlessly. This book is a shining example that it doesn’t need to be that way. “When a Parent is Depressed – How to Protect Your Children from the Effects of Depression in the Family” by William R. Beardslee, M.D., Boston Children’s Hospital

He offers wonderful stories of hope and healing and the book is full of helpful resources.

12] And finally for this month’s resources, a website that addresses the issues of parental alienation. It is important to be shared in a newsletter raising awareness about Mental Health Month, because for many parents who struggle with mental health concerns, it has been used against them to keep them from their children. Not only is it destructive to the parent on the receiving end of parental alienation, it can also cause severe emotional and psychological harm to the child. I’ve known too many parents who have shared this pain & suffering with me through the years. To learn more, please visit: Parental Alienation Awareness Organization

Take care, Mike

ps. Please share this with your friends & if you have received this in error, please let me know.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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