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E. O'Neill

Blog Entries by E. O'Neill

Senators and Secret Children: Can Professional Character and Personal Integrity Be Bifurcated?

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 12:37 PM

The issue of "secret children" is becoming a weekly headline. This week it's former Senator Domenici, last week Representative Cohen. Before that, the passing of Strom Thurmond's daughter, and then there's the reminder from ex-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as he launched his book tour. Let's not forget the Senator...

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A Lesson We Could Learn From Strom Thurmond's Daughter

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 2:52 PM

With all the sensationalism around "secret children," and the affairs that produced them, Strom Thurmond's daughter gets to the heart of the issue. Essie Mae Washington-Williams eloquently puts words to the feelings that all secret love children experience living with the reality and stigma of being illegitimate.

"In a way,...

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Finding Forgiveness While Faced With My Mother's Alzheimer's

(106) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 8:59 AM

Last August when I went to Upstate New York to see my mother, I believed it would be the last time she would recognize me. I hadn't seen her since February of 2010, when the man I had known as "Dad" my entire life passed. Mom's disease had noticeably progressed...

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My Remarkable Self-Publishing Story

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 12:00 AM

About a year ago, I was blogging on a topic that had defined me. My goal was to get a conversation going with others who had similar experiences. I never dreamed where this would lead. I am not a writer -- at least I didn't know I was about to...

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Divorcing: The Hardest Decision I Ever Made

(33) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 6:18 PM

I was eight months pregnant with my son, and my daughter was fourteen months old. I was twenty-eight, and had been married for less than three years. My husband had become violent -- again. I'll never forget what my fellow Junior League member's mother told me after having been married...

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A Secret Love Child

(354) Comments | Posted October 6, 2012 | 3:35 AM

When I heard Arnold Schwarzenegger tell "60 Minutes" host Lesley Stahl that fathering a love child during his affair was the "stupidest thing I have ever done," I cringed. Those words confirmed for me the stigma of being illegitimate. I know, because I am a secret love child.

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