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L. Y. Marlow
L.Y. Marlow is the founder of Saving Promise—a national domestic violence prevention organization inspired by five generations of mothers and daughters in her family that survived more than 60 years of domestic violence, and her granddaughter, a little girl named Promise. She is also the award-winning author of Color Me Butterfly (the story that inspired Saving Promise) and the recently released A Life Apart. Learn more about L.Y. Marlow at: and Follow her at @lymarlow and

Entries by L. Y. Marlow

The Road Less Traveled...

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 5:37 PM

"Life is difficult. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we can transcend it."

Those are the first words in one of my most admired books, The Road Less Traveled, by Dr. M. Scott Peck. Such an arduous yet intriguing start to the...

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A Legacy of Praying Women

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 1:33 PM

Our shoulders touched slightly like links in a chain, kneeling around a small twin bed, our heads bowed, eyes closed: "Our Father who art in heaven," we mimicked, as mama kneeling at the foot of the bed, led us in prayer.

I was four, the second...

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Ask Not 'Why', But 'What' We Can Do to Prevent Domestic Violence

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM

In the spirit of one of the oldest adages: two wrongs don't make a right, let me say this unequivocally and without any hesitation: I was beyond pleased when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell not only expressed deep regret for his initial lenient handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident,...

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How to Avoid Another Ray Rice

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 4:14 PM

There's been much ado about something, plenty of nothing-somethings and somewhere in between since the video aired showing Ray Rice dragging his unconscious fiancé (now wife) Janay Palmer out of an Atlantic City casino elevator. The incident rightfully triggered uproar among community groups, sports teams and national media. Outrage and...

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From Tragedy to Triumph

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2010 | 5:34 PM

As a little girl, I was traumatized by stories of how my grandfather horrifically abused my grandmother and her eight children, beating them in the nude until they bled, even forcing his three year old son to eat a dead rat. My mother was one of his daughters. When she...

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