‘This is MY Fight Song’

by Donna M. Brown I know I’ve said this before (and I’m sure some are really tired of hearing it); but, it’s part of my story and without it, the rest of me just doesn’t make sense. My world crumbled when my sister was found dead in her bed in 2007. She left three children […]

Promises, Promises: The Lord’s Got My Back

by Donna M. Brown Fear’s icy fingers gripped my throat when the nurse’s aide pointed down a long, long corridor at the Huntsman Cancer Center toward my destination. It meant walking reverently through a waiting room where bald-headed little people sat wrapped in blankets and gowns wavering as if at any minute they might fall. […]

Out of the Darkness a Healing Experience

On Nov. 20 I joined family and friends at the Out of the Darkness Walk in Hurricane, Utah. We participated in honor of three lost loved ones. Our team of 11 raised almost $1,500! The week prior to the event was painful due to memories and emotions that had been packed away and suddenly let […]

Everything is Not Broken

‘Little O’: A Frank Discussion About Suicide by Donna Messerly-Brown It is so very hard for me to think of him; I mean to really think of him. The gamut of emotions ranges from disabling grief to fond remembrance to guilt to love to pure anger and back at again. Ronald Wayne Messerly is my little […]

Find Yourself in Family History

African Oral Historian Touched by Importance of Past by Donna Messerly-Brown One of the greatest places to find yourself is in family history. There’s just something about the ability to connect with ancestors unknown that helps me develop a sense of self. For that reason, family history research is a rich form of self-help. Several […]