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Blog Archive

  • Paws Down

    Who would have thought that my slobbery, four-pawed, velvet-eared, 95-pound canine would have more friends than me? The truth is, Tucker, my six-year-old golden retriever, is on the brink of becoming a full blown local celebrity.
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  • When It Comes To Domestic Violence, Prevention Starts With You!

    The elevator doors open and I can hear a couple arguing from down the hall. As I scramble to recover the house keys, I realize the shouting match is coming from my apartment. It’s my roommate and her boyfriend going at it again.
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  • Never Enough Days

    March is Women’s History Month – 31 days to celebrate women’s achievements, contributions, and accomplishments.
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  • Domestic Violence; A Serious Social Issue That Isn't Black and White

    “Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave” Indira Ghandi
    Forgiveness comes naturally to us. It is part of our human instinct. It can be crucial to finding peace and reconciliation within oneself. But can forgiving the wrong person cost you your life?

  • No More Week

    So what is No More Week? And why should you care? Despite all the progress being made in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault, these problems often remain hidden from public view.
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  • Women and History

    In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) co-sponsored a joint Congressional resolution proclaiming a national Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the celebration to a month, and March was declared Women’s History Month.
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  • Live Long and Prosper

    Okay, I admit it. I’m a Trekkie. Have been ever since the age of 10 when I stayed at my granny’s house over summer vacation. She had the first color TV that I’d ever seen and the local network played reruns of the original Star Trek series.
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  • 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...