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E. O'Neill
E. O’Neill was born in Rochester New York. She has since lived all over the U.S., and now resides between Los Angeles and Vail, Colorado. She wrote Ellen Who? which embodies the effects of unspeakable family secrets while depicting a remarkable ability to overcome life’s obstacles with unstoppable determination. Her goal is to be an ambassador for others who desire freedom from the bondage of their own secrets.

Her main loves are her two grown children, Jane and Brit. She continues her private consulting business, Ellenconnects, focusing on philanthropy initiatives. Currently she is writing the sequel to Ellen Who?, in which she reclaims her identity and is able to empower women to succeed in spite of their circumstances.

Ellen's website, A Love Child, addresses the issues surrounding children of affairs.

Entries by E. O'Neill

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

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 11:37 AM

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 | 1:52 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 | 7:59 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 5, 2012 | 11:00 PM

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 | 5:18 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 | 2:35 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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