Mental Abuse

Is Chris Burns Dead or Alive? An Exploration Eulogy for a Man on the Run

I have heard it from many people–because we really didn’t get to say goodbye–that I should write a goodbye. No graveside crying, or planning a celebration of life. No community gathering at a certain time on a certain day to share in the joy and grief of a life lost to us. No chance to …

Is Chris Burns Dead or Alive? An Exploration Eulogy for a Man on the Run Read More »

24/7 Surveillance and a Christmas to Remember. What Was Fugitive Chris Burns’ Involvement with Secret Security Group Goshawk?

Two Christmas’ ago (2019), Chris and I were separated. I was laying on the couch curled up under multiple blankets shivering, hoping that my nausea would hold itself back through the opening of presents. I had been a single parent for sixteen days by that Christmas. Philip says that all he remembers is the gift …

24/7 Surveillance and a Christmas to Remember. What Was Fugitive Chris Burns’ Involvement with Secret Security Group Goshawk? Read More »

When a Father Goes on the Run, What Happens to the Children Left Behind? What Becomes Normal?

It’s been hard to write the past few weeks. A few days ago, I spent around two hours discussing grief and trauma–what it means to carry a weary soul–with Philip. Everything feels harder in trauma–like we’re trying to run and keep up with life with weighted vests bearing down on our chests. We are struggling …

When a Father Goes on the Run, What Happens to the Children Left Behind? What Becomes Normal? Read More »

Chris Burns Stole Over 10 Million Dollars and Left us to Pick up the Pieces. What We are Thankful For

I started this blog to give voice to my experience, my kids’ experience, and even (in future posts) the community’s experience of trauma and betrayal. I hope that sharing my experiences helps other women see the signs sooner–and that maybe as a society we will understand the power dynamics involved in manipulative relationships, how subtle …

Chris Burns Stole Over 10 Million Dollars and Left us to Pick up the Pieces. What We are Thankful For Read More »

What We Went Through Right after Chris Burns Went on the Run from His 10 Million Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Eating out on Friday night with our family, Gavin wasn’t able to look any of us in the eyes. He sat with his head on the table resting on his crossed arms. He wasn’t talking–just a warm body sitting at the end; no real life exuding from his growing frame. I assumed he didn’t feel …

What We Went Through Right after Chris Burns Went on the Run from His 10 Million Dollar Ponzi Scheme Read More »

Did Chris Burns Ever Love Us? We Struggle to Understand Why He Abandoned Us

Today, If I am being more honest with myself than I feel comfortable with, I miss my partner–someone I believed was my soulmate. I feel ashamed to say that. I feel confused feeling it. I judge my cognitive abilities when I realize my thoughts because I tell myself I am supposed to hate him for …

Did Chris Burns Ever Love Us? We Struggle to Understand Why He Abandoned Us Read More »

Chris Burns Lived a False Life. How Do We Remember the False Life We Lived with Him?

When Chris went on the run, I had no context for how to process the memories I had of our life together–what, if anything, had been real? Were there parts of precious metals among the alluvial deposits that were worth mining? How do you know what to hold on to and what to question? I …

Chris Burns Lived a False Life. How Do We Remember the False Life We Lived with Him? Read More »