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I need a listening ear (or reading eyes in this case).

I think that I've posted before about my dad's declining health.

He's been really sick these last couple of years.  He's faught a hard battle, but it appears that he's being defeated.

This started the weekend before the holiday.  He was hospitalized because he wasn't feeling well and the nausea vomiting that he had was more than he could handle.  He couldn't keep anything down and, I guess, was getting too dehydrated.

My feelings

I've had some changes in the past year.  I've finished my Bachelor's degree.  I've started my first job in my field of study (and I'm really excited about it).  I'm also doing research to one day affect change in the world.  I still need money for that to happen, so we'll see where I go.

Taking On The World

I posted my first blog over two years ago. As we ring in 2015 shortly on the east coast, I've thought about how I've grown and learned over these past two years.

I feel like I was a hot mess when I first joined. As I look back, I realized that I've learned so much from each and every one of you. I enjoy being a part of the site and I do check it often.

Why I Wasn't Believed

I read an interesting piece online ( last night about Bill Cosby written by the NO MORE Staff. For those of you that don't know, NO MORE is a campaign to end domestic violence and sexual assault. Check out their website at

The Bigger Picture

Since it’s 2014, we’ve heard all of the reminders of the O.J. Simpson trial.  On 12 June, Investigation Discovery aired a special on the highlights of the trial.  Polls have been conducted on whether or not people think that O.J. did it.  We also see other people involved in the case on the “Where Are They Now?” shows.

So, as we look back on the case we seem to be focused on two main things: O.J. and the trial.  Although this was one of the most covered trials in history, there’s a bigger point to this case.

My Letter

I completely forgot to tell you about the letter that I received for my birthday.  It was from my dad.

So, I haven’t spoken to him since March of 2013.  I saw him in the spring of this year (at James’s graduation) and he said about three words to me.  I was anxious about seeing him again.  What would happen?  It turns out, I had nothing of which to be afraid.

Reach Out

The suicide of Robin Williams has had me do a lot of thinking. What if I had actually gone through with my thoughts of suicide in the past?

I've seen a lot on social media regarding people's confusion about his death. For one, I don't know that death is something we necessarily understand. People have a wide range of beliefs as far as what happens after a person dies because death is something with which we aren't necessarily familiar. The main point of confusion over Robin Williams's death, however, is the fact that he seemed so happy.

Feeling Confident & Happy

I recently had an epiphany.

A dream that I had recently revealed some of my inner emotions. For a long time, I've felt scared and alone. In my dream, I was feeling confident. I was happy and completely comfortable with myself. I was ready to face the world with my head held high.

Feeling Grateful and Grief

I've been feeling blessed lately. I was able to see Abigail two weeks in a row, which is unusual because we live far apart and we both have busy lives. I most recently saw her this Wednesday. We spent the day together and had a really nice time.

On Wednesday night, I saw a post that Pope Francis made on Facebook. It's a photo that says, "I thank God for protecting me from what I thought I wanted and blessing me with what I didn't know I needed.".

I just need someone to listen.

This week has just sucked.

I feel like I've had a mountain of things to do as far as homework and housework.  I feel like no one's noticed how much I've struggled.  I'm so behind on everything in my life.


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About Stacey Lannert

Stacey is free. In January 2009, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt commuted her sentence of life without parole. She is currently speaking out about sexual abuse and sharing her message of love, healing and forgiveness.

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