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It’s not a lot of fun being a survivor of sexual assault or escaping a close brush with a killer CHP officer who targeted young blonde women. When I visited Washington, DC in 1993 to testify (pointlessly, uselessly) in the “Welfare Reform” process, I was afraid to go because of the already-bad reputation of then-President Bill Clinton and his Vice President Al Gore. A little-known politician at the time, much better-known now, spent the boring time of my useless testimony and Q & A trying to see up my skirt. His name? Andrew Cuomo.

I’ve been a board member of domestic violence organizations. I haven’t written about it, but I was a board member of Bethlehem House, a shelter and program for women and children who were survivors of abuse. The program was led by a Rasputin-like aspiring nun, who turned out later to have been a) not a nun; and b) insanely abusive of the young women who were part of the aspiring order of nuns, as well as abusive of the women and children who went to the program in hope of establishing a safe, healthy life for themselves. The actual house was at one time, the home of the Archbishop of the San Bernardino diocese. But now? It’s called “Bethany House” and is the source of haunted house gossip. The middle-aged ghost haunting the house? It could only be the one-and-only Sister Clare Lord. …


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©2020 Amy Sterling Casil

At least for me, it’s hard to eat right, exercise enough, and feel good about myself if my feelings aren’t in the right place. I had an unpleasant experience recently. Years ago, events like these would have set me back for months, and maybe even years. I can still remember bad things that happened to me when I was young. …


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Discussing the history of propaganda with a charming, cultured friend on the birdsite this a.m., I received a phone notice about a Medium story with this title: “I Lost My Best Friend of Two Decades to Trump” by Felicia C. Sullivan.

I was going to read it, because way back in 2015 corresponding with one of my best writing friends ever, I made the awful error of commenting, “I don’t think Trump is all that stupid — I watched several episodes of the first season of The Apprentice and he actually gave some pretty good — bzzt!”

— -auuughahhhhh augguuaahhhh Trump sucks auuughgaaaqhhh how could you say that auuuggghhahhhh —…

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Amy Sterling Casil

According to Harlan Ellison and my grandmother, “You’ll go far Amy, because you have heart.” Author of 40 books, former exec., Nebula Award nominee, Poor.

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