3. Untethered and Unhoused

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The tether. That thing that binds us to our families of origin, not by any desire of our own, but through the mere act of existence. We spend our lives exploring the roots of this connection, be it to an unending wellspring of love or the heavy, unshakeable burden of pain. We create new ones. We watch as old ones fray. And sometimes, in life's most painful moments, we witness those tethers break. (un)tethered traces the paths of old and new connections through family, love, the modern church, and fourteen-years of single-parenting. I begin this blog in a time of deep uncertainty, having recently left my position at the boarding school where I lived and taught for the past five years. Technically, I still live in Charlottesville, VA, but the next steps in life could take us anywhere! There are many unknowns ahead, but I know I am not alone in this. I hope this will be a place of solace for all who are wandering/wondering through this time.

6 thoughts on “3. Untethered and Unhoused

  1. Hi, you write beautifully. I have been through some tough times and I would love to contribute to any kind of fund you might have. If so, please send me the information.

  2. Dana, just read your article in the huffington post. Please call me at 786-942-6704. I have a place in Danville, VA. Best, T.

    1. Hi Tina! Thanks for reaching out! As you can imagine, a lot has happened in the last 24 hours. I think we’ve had some opportunities open up closer to home. I appreciate you getting in touch. Take good care!

      1. Hey Dana…I read your story in Huff Post and I am really sorry for your loss and the turmoil in your life. A thought that crossed my mind (and please feel free to write to me personally,) did you apply for PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Insurance)? I realize that you resigned your job in February and so you may believe you are not eligible. However, I think you may be as one of the conditions to be eligible, I think, may be where the job market dried up for you due to the pandemic. My job did not start…and I was stuck, could not do anything about it. I realized in June that I was eligible. The person I finally got through to me also told me that I would get the benefit starting from April. So if you have not applied for it, I would suggest, please do so and be patient as it takes time to get through to a live person/ to figure things on the website. I wish you the best.

  3. Thank you for sharing such beautiful, thoughtful soul poetry. It’s a shame we live in a world where this is not regarded as a high measure of success in itself! Your words touched me. May the light continue to pour in through your untethered places, and may you and your daughter find stability and safety very soon. As a single mom with a high school daughter, I empathize…

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