The Love Language of Enabling

When I was in the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses, I knew a woman who was obsessed about “love languages.” For those unfamiliar, “love languages” is a concept coined by author Gary Chapman in his 1992 book, “The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate.” In his book, Chapman outlined what he called five ways to express and experience love, including: acts … Continue reading The Love Language of Enabling

Family Members Are Not Yours to Take

Growing up in my house was anything but idyllic. My stepfather has a violent, vile temper, and I don’t remember there ever being a day when he wasn’t screaming profanities and threats at the family, the neighbors, or the foursome golfing in front of us. My mother remained in the marriage for some 40 years because she was told outright by Jehovah’s Witnesses elders that … Continue reading Family Members Are Not Yours to Take