‘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. […]

Navigating the Mental Maze of Sexual Abuse

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Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from a work in progress entitled, “Who I am Today: Navigating the Mental Maze of Sexual Abuse,” Chapter 3. by Donna M. Brown The mental maze suffered by victims of sexual abuse is extremely complex (a gross understatement, I know). If you are a victim of sexual abuse, […]

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 […]

Self Help for Hecklers

by Donna Messerly-Brown Hey, remember Statler and Waldorf? Think “Muppets.” These two old codgers watched every Muppet Show from high up in the balcony. I call them “the hecklers.” Statler and Waldorf heckled the entire cast in all but one show (Waldorf’s wife filled in for Statler once because he was purported to be sick). Together they trashed […]

The Spirit is Willing …

by Donna Messerly-Brown Fifteen years and 50 pounds ago I hiked that trail on Cedar Mountain pushing a baby stroller.  I remember it so clearly, it was the day the trail was dedicated in 1996 — Smokey Bear’s 50th anniversary. I was chair of the Iron County Utah State Centennial committee and believed it was […]