Six Weeks in Nevada Divorce CourtsI was once sued by the Town of Huntington, NY for 7 million dollars, plus interest since 1797, and a sentence of one year in jail for refusing to surrender documents to the town historian, Rufus B. Langhams, who alleged, under oath, had been stolen from the Town by a colonial-era employee and kept hidden by his ancestors for 195 years until I was consigned to auction the papers off along with the contents of the family estate.

Prior to the lawsuit being heard before New York State Supreme Court Justice William L. Underwood, Jr., I was vilified in print by The Long Islander and Newsday, shunned by former friends, slandered by candidates and their political operatives, chastised by churchgoers, and kept under surveillance for nearly a year — only to be threatened by an assistant town attorney hiding in the bushes of my front yard after midnight, incessantly meowing until I ventured out, then backing me up against my front door while brandishing a knife-like object in order to serve me with court papers.

I share this to demonstrate my profound respect for Christine Blasey Ford’s anticipated testimony before Congress pertaining to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States.

She is courageous.

Few can imagine the resolve it takes to risk one’s life and livelihood in order to ensure justice be done on behalf of the majority who will not seek it for themselves, nor for the benefit of another, nor for the good of a nation — because the fear of retribution makes stepping up perilous.

(…and more)


# # #


Seriously, Mom, you didn’t know?

by Marguerite Quantaine (essayist, author, and animal rescue activist).


Find her on Amazon. Friend her on Facebook. Follow her @ margueritequantaine.com.

A Force To Be Reckoned With © 9.22.18

I value your opinion and appreciate you for sharing this essay with others.

Please select LEAVE A REPLY by clicking below the headline
 to express your thoughts on this essay. 
I’m all eyes and heart.


  1. Seriously

    My dear Ms. Marguerite
    You are STILL a force to be reckoned with! As well an inspiration and example of what is possible for women.
    I love to read your writing. Whether an email, a Facebook post, an essay or a novel.. you always give me a spark of motivation.
    You’ll never not be a force!

    1. margueritequantaine Post author

      Thank you, Seriously. Your words made me well up. I wasn’t surrounded by support back then (only one person in my corner — who remains there, still), and even she was afraid every day of the way. I honestly don’t know where I got the courage to do what I did, and am certain Ms. Ford must feel the same of herself. But I do know we are all capable of it when challenged.

    1. margueritequantaine Post author

      I did, Alice, and like to think I would again if confronted. But, to be brutally honest? I look back on some of the giants taken on in the past and say to myself, “Who WAS that little red-haired girl?” It seems daunting in retrospect, even to me.

  2. Ginger Conway

    I never cease to be amazed at the life you’ve led, not to mention the courage to stand by your convictions, regardless of the push back you’ve endured. I am so fortunate to know you as a person, an author and an activist, that WILL NOT let the walls that are built by the ignorant and privileged stop your momemtum… love you Marguerite!!😍

    1. margueritequantaine Post author

      Thank you, Gingersnaps. I’ve had a wonderful life despite the challenges and wouldn’t want a do-over for any minute of it. This ordeal was exhausting and exhilarating simultaneously, but my crash courses in court procedure, researching and citing statues, and presenting pleadings pro se proved invaluable life lessons. I understand people who cannot deal with conflict because I never welcome it. But once I’m dragged into a battle, I give it my all. I know you do, too. xxoo

  3. Mercedes

    Such a fool, interesting, and momentous life you are living! I love learning more and more from you. ❤ (That should be full. But, I suppose fool and does apply when speaking of that town historian!) LOL


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.