Hi, I'm Marsha Yasmine Marie, author, mug designer, coloring book creator, mother, human right activist, meditator and work-a-holic. This is my weekly blog of just fun, free-style writing---mostly poetry. It's raw and not-so-edited,,,, and I am lovin' it!
Dear Mom, I was just thinking about you today; your birthday is coming up. It has been a while since we last spoke. The kids have all grown up, and you would not even believe the baby. Time goes by so fast. I am working as a corporate trainer now. I really love my new job. They allow me to experiment and explore. I love the freedom I have now. I guess, all those years teaching overseas has really come in handy. It is amazing how much I look like you. When I look in the mirror, it is almost like I see you standing behind me. My nose and my eyes whisper your name. I love and miss you so much. I wish I could just pick up the phone and hear your voice. I'm sorry Mom that I have still not been to your grave. I just cannot bear the pain. I want to remember your smile in my heart just like I did when I was gone. I think of you everyday. Bye for today Mom. I will write soon. Love, Sissy
The ASK ME ANYTHING event turned out to be an amazing experience. I received very engaging questions, which gave me the opportunity for more inner reflection. Here are the questions and answers from the Feb 4, 2018, live AMA event. (Note that the questions are in the order received.) Q. Are you part of any organization or advocate groups that help and assist people who have same experience as you? Yes. Since my return to the States, I have joined several groups as a regular member and speaker. My goals is to spread my story in hopes that someone who might be in my same position will not repeat what I did, but find the courage to speak up and tell someone. I have joined the following: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence ( http://www.ncadv.org/ ) Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence ( http://www.acesdv.org/ ) (I am also a member of the survivor advisory committee called: S.H.A.R.E. http://www.azcadv.org/azca