When I decided in spring 2022 to make sure that the man who had sexually abused me in 1983 had actually been officially reported to law enforcement, I did so for my own peace of mind if nothing else. I had no real sense of the places it would lead. Now Mike Spiller, a gymnastics … Continue reading A story about telling my story
They got him. This is Mike Spiller, the gymnastics coach who sexually abused me when I was 10. It took 39 years, but tonight there's ONE LESS ABUSER out there getting away with it. Thanks so much to the people who shared, retweeted, looked up old photos, etc. It took your help to turn up … Continue reading Abuser in jail. Boom.
"This is an example of what we call 'just-in-time' inventory." Maybe these are not the words you think of a new grandmother saying to her first newborn granddaughter, but if you know that both of my parents are CPAs and that there's only so much a new mom can chit-chat, it makes more sense. I'd … Continue reading Talk about “just-in-time” delivery!
In conversation today, I heard myself use a line I've used about myself many times, a line that feels truer every time I say it: I am great at big things; I'm terrible at little things. I make no claims about the originality of this line, but I have been saying it since my twenties … Continue reading Doing Hard Things
Still “we don’t know.” The additional pathology results say semi-encouraging things like “no immunological evidence of lymphoma” but also aggravating things like “etiology cannot be concluded based on this analysis.” Dr Fox will be taking his case to their tumor conference on Tuesday and hopes to know more after those experts discuss it. He also … Continue reading The much-awaited appointment yielded zero news!
Some folks know and some folks don't, and there has been a lot of rapidly changing and ambiguous info that has gotten confusing, so if you know my son William and want the medical situation explained in a concise, clear way, here it is. If not, go look at cool animal memes or at today's … Continue reading W Medical situation: Summary/Catch-up post
William rolled into the school year at Delta Middle on wheels! While he’s getting around great on crutches, they’re exhausting, and while he also drives a mean walker, it’s frustratingly slow. So, thanks to friends who shared a youth wheelchair, a school nurse who’s not only highly qualified but also had some relevant mom experience, … Continue reading Picture him rollin (William update)
If you're not excited about the Webb telescope images, you should be. (Yeah, I said it! Should! I am telling you what to do, and I don't even care if it's polite. I'm right here. Go look. Seriously.) They're pictures of as far away as anyone has ever been able to see, and for that … Continue reading What memories and Webb telescope images have in common (TBW #2, #9, #10)
In 1983 and for a while after, the gymnastics center in Northwest Houston that I attended held sleepovers. These were fun extras, like the lock-ins a church youth group might have. But, beyond the normal kid fun of a sleepover my friends, something else happened. My coach, Mike Spiller, whom I adored and whose attention … Continue reading Gymnastics coach Mike Spiller abused me in the 1980s and is still working with kids in Texas gymnastics, circus, and camps (TBW#1)
Ironic? Now serving as Safety Monitor for a USA Swimming event.