a conversation that matters



This is the About page at Stigmama.com who "believe in the power of women, especially those who have been touched by mental illness or mental difference, to create change. . . We need the wisdom and support of others to unpack stigma of mental difference in motherhood. How does it impact your life as a mother? How did it impact your mother’s life? Or your grandmother?"


Sometimes the path is bumpy and full of roots, which leads me to be in awe of the stirring honesty of the contributors of Stigmama.  I have read Shannon's beautiful, yet painful poetry  and admire SM's strength in her abundant use of curse words.  Today, I am joining these powerful mothers on the Stigmama blog for their series "Why Do I Write?"  It's mostly pre-published material, but there is a smidgen of new writing too.   


I write to sort out the complexities of being a mom.  As my daughter stands strong before the start of second grade, I wonder how things will change for her as she grows into a women and maybe a mother.  I consider this as I raise my son in a way that honors his sensitive, sweet self forever, therefore honoring the same in the women around him.


If the intense suffering of mothers around me can be combined and conveyed with such talent, so will I strive to do the same.   It feels so much more real this way, making room for more joy to come bounding down the path at us!



5 comments:

  1. Discovered you through stigmama.com. Thank you for adding your voice to the chorus of mothers fighting the stigma of mental illness while creating beautiful works of art. Your writing and your photographs move my soul. Thank you.

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    1. What a lovely thing to say! ...so grateful for your words

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  2. Your lil sis9/11/14, 7:36 AM

    Wow Jenn that piece on stigmama is epic. So well crafted and expressive. You are such a great writer! I love reading about your process of healing and staying a part of your daily life from afar. Keep it up! Oh and PS I would also be amazed to see hummingbirds hatch from your hair just so you know!

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    2. Thanks so much Jo Ann, I could pull off the hummingbirds right? Then I'd have a good reason not to brush my hair!

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