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Society for the Protection of Animals

FOREWORD The man who cries out against evil men but does not pray for themwill never know the grace of God.—Saint Silouan the Athonite In 1874, nine-year-old Mary Ellen Wilson was living in Hell’s Kitchen, the underbelly of New City, where she was beat- en, neglected, and frequently chained to her bed. A religious mis-…

Henry

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Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’—Matthew 5:38-28 Henry was fifteen and a half when he was seen on a Person in Need of Supervision (PINS) petition because of his academic failure,…

Allison

Songs for the Forgotten A Psychiatrist's Record

Go ahead and be angry.You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge.And don’t stay angry.Don’t go to bed angry.Don’t give the Devilthat kind of foothold in your life. —Ephesians 4:26-27 Cynthia, our charge nUrse, stuck her head into my office. “Dr. Burns, your evaluation is here. Remember Allison from…

Harry

Songs for the Forgotten A Psychiatrist's Record

I pondered the truth of the message. Lord over beasts? Do they fornicate with their young? Do they beat, burn, starve, mutilate, and suffocate their loved ones? Lord, recreate us anew, like the animals we strive to be different from. Julia W. Burns, MD          No patient had ever hurt me and that was a…

SONGS FOR THE FORGOTTEN- A Psychiatrist’s Record

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   Songs for the Forgotten: A Psychiatrist’s Record of Truth is a memoir that combines pivotal moments from my Southern upbringing in the ‘70s with case histories accumulated through thirty-five years of treating psychiatric patients, particularly those drowning in the cultural epidemic of child abuse. This book tells their stories and mine as I struggled…

Amazing Grace with Jessica

2/24/2020 11;18am Jessica Simpson was approached about writing her memoir several years ago. The publisher asked her to show readers, “how you became your best self, how you transformed into a successful singer, wife, mother and creator of a billion-dollar clothing empire.” This request stopped her in her tracks. She had many secrets and instead…

Shining Light during the Holidays

Originally, this post was going to be about curbing consumerism during Christmas and presenting activities for families to do together to enhance the love and light embodied in the season. But as I was browsing my Instagram account, I saw, “It’s hard to get excited about the festive season when it means gathering a number of…

Another Great Rejection!

WE ARE GETTING CLOSER!!! Dear Dr. Burns, Thank you so much for reaching out to Baylor Press; we are honored to be considered for this important and much-needed volume. Your story and those of the remarkable people you have worked with and cared deserve to be told, and the telling will do much good in…