michele breen simmons

michele breen simmons 2 years, 4 months ago on Moment of truth

I think the golf course site would be wonderful! I live in the Wildwood neighborhood ( by the cemetary) And I welcome the college with open arms! We are experiencing exciting times in our little town...


michele breen simmons 3 years, 6 months ago on Abortion is wrong

Yes, you have THE RIGHT to make harsh judgements...and anyone needing an abortion has the right to undergo one.. I thought this conversation was about foregoing our rights and reaching for a higher standard.

I believe, based on years of spiritual inquiry, that anyone who hates his brother is actually a murderer at heart. I see that you seem to enjoy using words as stones to cast....good luck with that, Mr. Evans. I had asked for the rhetoric to be seasoned with kindness - because it is kindness that draws one to seek the truth and allows for salubrious decisions.

My concern, first and foremost is for those individuals caught in the cross-fire of this debate who desperately need answers. There is hope to be found and Post Traumatic Growth to be experienced for people who refuse the negativity and embrace a new understanding after this trauma. That, Mr. Evans is how you foster change and a new attitude: One person at a time, with respect and honor shown, regardless of their choices.

So, If anyone needs help with Post Abortion Syndrome, I would suggest "David's Harp" by Richard Beatti for the men, and "Forgiven and Set Free" by Linda Cochran for the ladies.Research Post Traumatic Growth and find a professional sympathetic to P.A.S. And remember that hope is stronger than fear - and love is stronger than hate!(John8:7,1 John 3:15 and Romans 2:4)


michele breen simmons 3 years, 6 months ago on Abortion is wrong

Ms. Volz, I want to thank you for your posts. I absolutely agree that this is a difficult decision and one for each individual to make for themselves. (Hitting the "like" icon just didn't seem supportive enough)

Mr. Hamric, I am sincerely sorry for your loss. Even now, the tears are welling up as I acknowledge the pain that you are carrying. I hope forgiveness and reconciliation are found by you as well.

I personally believe that abortion is a symptom of a much broader problem. Until we, as a community, are able to really love and care for each other without judging and demanding our own way....then abortion will continue to be a necessary option for those facing the wrath of family and "friends", the condemnation of their churches, and the hardship of having and raising a child alone.....

We know that there is at least one "death" after an abortion - Please, don't continue to "kill" those who have survived....Life and death is in the power of the tongue, consider that before you respond with harsh judgements, please.


michele breen simmons 3 years, 6 months ago on Old men should not decide a woman’s rights

Before I moved to Payson, I was active as a certified Post-abortion Counselor...yes post. Women, and sometimes their partners who have to make this decision don't do so lightly. There is much guilt and self condemnation fueled by these type of debates. I am absolutely pro-life and absolutely pro-choice...and I don't see that as contradictory.

Until one looks in the eyes of these scared and confused individuals and is able to offer sincere words of encouragement, hope, and intelligent options....then one should surely not judge. For those of you reading this who have made the painful decision to have an abortion, (I know you're out there), Post-abortion Syndrome is very real, and has a delayed response...sometimes 10-15years after the fact. Please reach out for help.....you are forgiven and you can forgive yourself.

One out of three individuals are affected by abortion - it is often a dirty, nasty secret, hidden for years in families. Mothers, Sisters, even Grandmothers feel they can't talk to their own Spouses or siblings....and after reading so many of these comments, can you understand why?


michele breen simmons 3 years, 6 months ago on College breaks loose

I am grateful to the Education Alliance and the many others who have worked so hard on making this dream a reality! Thank you! This is an exciting time for our youth, our town, and our future.


michele breen simmons 3 years, 7 months ago on Finally: The logjam bursts

Beautifully written and I couldn't agree more! These are very exciting times for our town! It was difficult for me to find where to reach the Educational Alliance so that I could donate time or finances to their cause. I was finally able to find them on the Mogollon Health Alliance web site. Thank you for all of your hard work! I want to start rolling up my sleeves to help!