Six Decisions to Make for Happiness and Success

Did you know happiness and success are your decision? For many who have been abused – by a priest, or any other authority figure – feelings of happiness and success can be hard to come by. Abuse can take the foundation out from under you, leaving powerlessness and helplessness as the norm. I struggled for […]

Gave away a copy of SPLIT at Island Books

Sunday June, 28th I was at Island Books, in the beautiful village of Mercer Island, Washington, to read some selections from my memoir, SPLIT: A child, a priest and the Catholic Church. At my readings, I always spend some time talking about the issues survivors face. The last few months gave us lots to talk […]

Best of 2014: I’m honored my story is included on this list

It’s time for all the Best of 2014 lists And I’m on one of them! I’m so blessed. My coming out story was chosen as one of the best of 2014. And I was invited to tell it again on December 2nd at A Guide To Visitors, Seattle’s longest running personal storytelling event. The evening […]

Unabashed Book Promotion: My Memoir, SPLIT is Here!

Tooting the horn for SPLIT I’m very happy to announce that my memoir, SPLIT : A child, a priest, and the Catholic Church is now available. The ebook is available from most online booksellers. The triumphant cherub on the cover is blowing her horn just in time for the holiday season. Though SPLIT deals with […]

Happy Veterans Day – To all kinds of veterans

If you think about it, the veterans we honor this Veterans Day are actually survivors. They have come through terrific conflicts, hardships, pain, injury, devastating losses of comrades. Theirs is a vast sacrifice and they deserve every ounce of honor and support we can give them, on this day and any other. But as we […]

Hello! I’m Mary Dispenza

I, Mary Dispenza, want to fix the systems that break people I was once a broken person. Now, through this blog, I look at broken systems and ideas for making them whole again. This blog is about finding ways to help broken people, ideas for overcoming personal breakage and how to live unabashed. As an […]