The Consequence of Silence

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Yesterday the chaos in our country took another turn. We stayed glued to the news, shocked at the tragic event in San Bernardino, a city with little or no connection to most. Tonight the victims of the tragedy were revealed, names and faces followed by stories of wives, partners and children left behind. Instantly the names and

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Dissecting the Duggar Family: A Lesson in Child Sexual Abuse

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Slip back in time. You’re sitting in your high school biology class. The boys are waiting excitedly for the teacher to come out from the back room, most of the girls are squeamish and giggling –I’m not touching it! The long awaited–or dreaded–class is here, when each lab table receives a preserved frog to dissect. Today I’m

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Even Wonder Woman Needs a Respite

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Say It Out Loud /Chapter 4: Creating a Respite The word respite is defined as a usually short interval of rest or relief. In the context of this book, a respite is a brief time when your mind is not embedded in thoughts of abuse, treatment, and emotional pain and life resembles normalcy.             The

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Traditions & Triggers: Take Back the Power

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  “TRADITION” Can’t you hear Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof belting out that song? All cultures love tradition. We celebrate birth, death and holidays in traditional ways passing them down from generation to generation. This season is particularly steeped in tradition. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanuka, Kwanzaa or no holiday at all you are

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It’s Time to Throw Out the Leftovers

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What does your refrigerator look like? For those who cooked Thanksgiving dinner it was probably packed with leftovers that night . Even if you were a guest, most of you went home with a few containers from the hostess. Over the weekend you dragged the containers out for a second meal with all the trimmings and

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Reflect Thankfullness

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  Every year, a day or so before Thanksgiving, I set aside time from cooking and cleaning to write a post, and every year the topic reflects thankfulness. This year my mind has been torn between wanting to respond to several disturbing items in the news and wanting to write about being thankful. The allegations of sexual assault against

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Lessons From a Lifelong Learner

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I claim to be a lifelong learner, a trait most teachers share. I love learning something new and sharing that knowledge with others. If you’ve been following my blog you’re probably saying, “we get that about you Roberta!” Well, please bare with me while I share two lessons learned since my last post. In “Lemons to Lemonade” I

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