Review: The Woman They Could Not Silence

I, though a woman, have just as good a right to my opinion, as my husband has to his.

Elizabeth Packard

The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear by Kate Moore


As I read the true story of Elizabeth Packard, I was skeptical, thinking that Moore had embellished and exaggerated. It could not have been that horrific in the asylum and surely husbands did not lock up their wives on trumped up accusations of insanity; however, a little bit of research (thank you google) showed me that Moore’s narrative is historically accurate. Moore’s evocative and provocative writing pulls the reader into Packard’s mind and daily life. At times, I felt sad, horrified, and angry because of the treatment of women and others deemed to be weak and lesser-than. At other times, I was uplifted by the spirit of Packard and other courageous women locked in the hospital. I found myself talking to Elizabeth, encouraging her to persevere. I came away from the book with the belief that every woman (and every man) should read The Woman They Could Not Silence.



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The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear by Kate Moore

I’ve done it…

A photograph is more than an image frozen on paper or plastered on your computer screen; it is a recording of a moment in life.

I have a professional website. After a few jobs, I realized that I need a place to show the images and allow the clients to purchase prints. So here it is: R Howard Photography.

I guess that means I’m on my way to being a professional. Wish me luck.

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I am including this shot of the butterfly for a few reasons: 1) It’s my favorite butterfly image so far, and 2) a butterfly seems appropriate right now because it represents new beginnings.

My dream is to create images that evoke some kind of response, that elicit emotions, but it is larger than that. I want to make an impact with my camera. I want to make a difference, even if it is in one person’s life. I don’t know how I will do that yet, but I believe in the power of the photograph.

A photograph is more than an image frozen on paper or plastered on your computer screen; it is a recording of a moment in life. When you look at the picture, your mind and heart see more than just an image, because you remember that moment and you recall the emotions you felt.

Even if you do not know the person in the photograph or have never physically experienced the scene portrayed in the picture, there could be something the image that touches you.

I want to capture those emotions; more than that, I want to convey those emotions.

“If a little flower could speak…”

The celosia, which loves the sun, brightens my patio and home.

The celosia, which loves the sun, brightens my patio and home.

I frequently look for quotes to accompany my photographs. Tonight, while searching for quotes about flowers, I was stopped by the power in St. Therese of Lisieux’s words, which caused me to consider my own words and actions.

How often do we deny our God-given talents and gifts under the guise of humility? Why do we diminish or belittle ourselves? Is it because we hope that someone else will compliment us, build us up, and tell us that we are worthwhile?

When we do this, are we saying that God has not blessed us with skills and talents? Or worse, are we saying that we do not accept His gifts and that we do not wish to develop our talents? Or could it be that we simply feel that we are not good enough?

I think that I could learn a lesson from a little flower…and from all of God’s nature. Read St. Therese’s words. What do you think?

“If a little flower could speak, it seems to me that it would tell us quite simply all that God has done for it, without hiding any of its gifts. It would not, under the pretext of humility, say that it was not pretty, or that it had not a sweet scent, that the sun had withered its petals,or the storm bruised its stem, if it knew that such were not the case.”

St. Thérèse de Lisieux, Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux