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Found Her Purpose in Life

On March 28, 1841, Dorothea Dix found her purpose in life. It was a cold, blustery day when she arrived at the East Cambridge jail in Boston, Massachusetts, to teach Sunday school to the prisoners. But, first, with her characteristic … Continue reading

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Dorothea Lynde Dix

“It was a cold, blustery day on March 28 . . . ” so I wrote in my first biography “Breaking the Chains: The Crusade of Dorothea Lynde Dix.” The year was 1841 – 175 years ago – when Dix … Continue reading

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Dorothea Dix: Crusader for Humane Treatment

Until 7th grade, I lived on the grounds of a state mental hospital, where my father was a psychiatrist.  So, no wonder my first biography was “Breaking the Chains: The Crusade of Dorothea Lynde Dix.” Her crusade began today–March 28, … Continue reading

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Passionate Crusader

Many of the women I’ve written about have endured arduous travel to advance their life work, including Dorothea Lynde Dix, the passionate crusader for the humane treatment of people with mental illness & the subject of my first biography, “Breaking … Continue reading

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It is time

Today–April 4–in 1802, the subject of my first biography–Dorothea Lynde Dix was born. Having grown up on the grounds of a state mental hospital where my father was a psychiatrist, it’s not surprising that I was drawn to write Breaking … Continue reading

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