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Blog Archive

  • Why Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Matters

    As a young teen in my first year of high school, there is a lot of ignorance that goes around that makes me really think… whether it’s overhearing a conversation or it’s happening right in front of my face.
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  • Be Your Own Valentine

    How many times have I not heard “he swept me off my feet” or “he was so sweet, the best thing that ever happened to me” or “I fell in love instantly.”
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  • I Like My Beer...

    Someone recently told me “there are always two sides to the story” referring to me telling the story of how I was treated in my abusive marriage.
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  • Standing for Super Bowl Sunday

    Super Bowl Sunday is almost upon us. (As I type this, the online Countdown to Kickoff tells me there are 4 days 8 hours 14 minutes and 46 seconds remaining.) In terms of most-watched programs in American television history, Super Bowls are right up there. It is literally a defining moment in history.
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  • The Generosity Marketplace

    As 2015 got underway, A Woman’s Place (AWP) announced a new alliance with another organization serving people in need in our community: the Coalition to Shelter and Support the Homeless (CSSH).
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  • Would you?

    This past week, as a relatively new staff member at A Woman’s Place (AWP), I attended five full days of Direct Service Training.
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  • I'm In This Room With You

    I was in my college computer lab, logged into my personal email account, composing an email. When I looked up at what I had written I saw the word “Hi” in the body of the email,instead of what I had typed.
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  • Short and Sweet

    As December was winding down, I was on the lookout for a simple New Year’s Resolution.
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  • Turkey Problem

    My first Christmas with the family I created was supposed to be perfect. My husband and I had just purchased our home and had our first daughter; we were beyond excited to start our own family traditions.
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  • Shape of a Holiday

    Every year, around this time, I rewind to Christmas in the mid-80s. For the sake of clarity, let’s say 1985.
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  • Reactions

    Domestic violence. Mass murder. I think the two terms evoke two very different images and perceptions from most people. I doubt that many people understand that the two are connected in an alarming amount of cases.
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  • And this one!

    The beaming three-year old picked up a holiday gift tag from among those scattered around the gift wrapping station and joyfully tucked it into the bag containing the Yuletide present he’d selected for his mother.
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  • Going Home

    Most of us take some time around the Thanksgiving holiday to really think about what we are grateful for. It’s something that I like to do as well, but this year I am having trouble.
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  • Window of Gratitude

    What is amazing about gratitude is its volume.

    As in, gratitude can fit the size of a life to include your family, your friends, and all your loved ones. It can also squeeze into the tiny corners of a pocket, like the perfect parking spot or the mornings you find an extra fifteen minutes to snooze. Read more...

  • My Decision

    It all started with my decision not to join the military. I wanted to serve people but do so in other ways. In a random google search, I typed in “suicide hotline volunteer.” Read more...

  • Season of Gratitude - Part 1

    It was a beautiful day for a college tour. I said to my mother, “She’s going to decide this is the college for her – just because the weather is perfect and the fall foliage is breathtaking.” Read more...

  • A Month Ago

    A month ago, the Ray Rice video was dominating headlines. Now it seems that incident was just the trickle before the flood. There have been so many high profile reports about professional athletes and domestic violence in the news lately that it’s challenging to follow it. Read more...

  • Tell 'Em White House - 1 is 2 Many

    As we near the close of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I implore you – continue to take action. Please don’t wait for next October. Remember today, tomorrow, next week, next month, and throughout the year. We must remain vigilant and we must stand together. Read more...

  • Stories Written and Bravely Shared

    As I walked behind a group of women last night following an evening of writing that ended with meditation, hugs, and well wishes for the week, I thought, wow, what an incredible group of women to be amongst. Read more...

  • Why I Keep Vigil

    I sat across from my dear friend in a diner over pancakes and coffee. I trust her. She and I have laughed together, cried together, challenged each other, have had painfully honest conversations, and shared secrets and beliefs that others might fine crazy. Read more...

  • What If?

    Eight women sit around a table. Three laugh about something that happened earlier in the day. Two are stirring cups of chocolate milk, chatting like old friends. Read more...

  • Alice in the 21st Century

    Most of us have read or seen a version of Alice in Wonderland. Disney’s images of the 19th century story range from amusing to frantic to terrifying (at least to a small child). Imagine the 21st century Alice falling into the rabbit hole of domestic violence. Read more...

  • Joining the Ministry

    Before heading to the church, as I do most Sundays, I turned on NPR and caught a portion of Christa Tippet’s show, On Being. Read more...

  • Ongoing Gift

    Every year the cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion. Domestic violence is costing us, as a community, more than $5.8 billion per year. Read more...

  • Domestic Violence Action

    It’s October… and that means it’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month! If I’m brutally honest, it’s early in the month and I’m feeling a little fatigued. Read more...