Pull me out from inside
I am ready… I am ready… I am ready
I am fine

– Color Blind by Counting Crows

When I was twelve-years-old I began recording memories in journals. There were sixteen in total.  I’d write one entry in the middle of one journal, the next entry near the end of another and so forth. The first and last few pages were filled with academic notes and essays to disguise their true purpose. I wasn’t ready to share my thoughts and feeling with the world. I didn’t want anyone to know I’d been kidnapped.

In 2013, I completed a volume of nonfiction poetry called Between the Shadow and the Soul. My journal entries were instrumental in helping me bring my manuscript to life. I was able to explore my feelings and gain a greater understanding of who I’ve become as a result of my life experiences.

Writing my memoir, The Robin’s Egg, is serving a similar but greater purpose. The research and interview skills I developed in journalism school helped me uncover more of the story. I have located my birth father and have developed relationships with his side of the family. I’ve interviewed individuals on my mother’s side who have long been silent. I’m closer to understanding what happened and I’m ready to begin writing on the first page of my journal.

No more hiding. I invite you to join me on this journey of self discovery.

I am ready. I am fine.


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