About Michael Cogdill

29-time Emmy winner, holder of the National Edward R. Murrow Award for television storytelling, author of the Southern novel, She-Rain, and the hard-cover children’s book, Cracker the Crab and the Sideways Afternoon.

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10 Responses to “About Michael Cogdill”

  1. twala andrino Says:

    I wanted to thank you Michael for sharing your story. I lived in SC for 18 years and watched your news regularly and knew that you were a believer. I was the mother in your story and my son and I had to leave for our safety when my son was 11. I should have left sooner as well. This has effected my son greatly and only God can bring a solution to this emotional trauma. Thanks for being brave and sharing

  2. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez Says:

    Thank you for sharing this awful story that others will be spared. 🙂

  3. Super mom of 4. Says:

    You are truly an inspiration Michael. I also, was the mom in that situation. Most of the time it was drunken verbal abuse , but the day he reached back to punch me, I knew my kids and I had to get to safety. My kids were 8,10 and 12 at the time. 2 months after I left my husband, he came to my home and committed suicide. Every day since then (7yrs) I have repeatedly told myself I should have left sooner. I wish every woman could understand how important that is to the children involved. The longer they see the dysfunction, the harder it is to show them what REAL life is. Unfortunately to my oldest child I am the “bad guy” for leaving my husband and with the interference of his dad’s family, I have had to kick him out of my house. I refuse to be disrespected by ANYONE especially my child I kept alive because I loved him and his siblings. He has many traits of his dad and chooses to continually make bad choices. All I can do now is pray that he wakes up and realizes that is not the road to take. Bless you and your family and thanks for sharing your story!

  4. Jim Weems Says:

    God bless you Michael. I too was raised with an abusive father. I won’t go into detail but, similar to you, have been told from what I lived thru I could have turned out to have been abusive also. But, thankfully, like you I completed college and have a good career and a wonderful wife. Like you, I was able to break the cycle of domestic violence. It has by no means been easy and I’ve gone thru many therapy sessions. I also volunteer for Safe Harbor. Knowing there are others who lived thru CDV has been reassuring while given the opportunity to share and help others currently experiencing CDV is truly a healing blessing. Thank you. One day I would like to meet you and give you a hug. God bless, Jim

  5. I just read your blog on losing Maggie. Having lost my own special boy, Elliott, to cancer I understand the pain, the shock, the loss…..hugs.

  6. Robbie Netherton Says:

    Michael, I had no idea that you were such a great writer.
    My Mother’s maiden name was Cogdill. She told me once that the spelling was very uncommon and if I ever ran across another Cogdill to ask if we could possibly be related. She was from White Pine, Tennessee and had some relatives in Knoxville. Do you have a Tennessee connection?

    • Robbie, you are so kind. It’s likely a direct connection to Knoxville. My dad was born in Horseshoe, NC and raised in nearby Canton. Tell me more about your mom and her family. You can reach me at mcogdill@msn.com, and on Facebook! Blessings and peace. m

  7. I don’t know much about my Mothers family. I do know that she was a Brooks before she married. Her Father was James Cogdill. Knoxville is where my Grandfather is buried. Most of Moms family have passed away. Thanks for answering my question.

  8. Sammy Moss Says:

    Michael, thank you for such a powerful article on addition and enablers. No doubt it’s tough love, but the means justify the ends. As a recovering alcoholic, I can see the role of the enabler, exactly as you described. The enabler allows the addict to keep digging a deeper hole, never allowing him to hit his bottom, which is so important for the person to accept that he has a problem. Thank you again for such a wonderful and inspiring article.

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