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  • I’ve always been fascinated with folklore. I couldn’t settle for Disney; I wanted to see different versions of every fairytale. In my teens, my brother complained about me reading the Brothers Grimm despite the gore between the pages. In college,
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  • I’ll never forget the phone call that Friday morning from my son. Now a freshman at the University of Maine, Josh was 16 at the time, still a junior in high school. “Dad, a girl was stabbed at school this morning.”
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  • It snows often in Happy Valley. Rarely enough to amount to anything, but just enough to look pretty (and, sometimes, be annoying). My sophomore year at Penn State, however, St. Valentine gave us work-weary students a blessed gift: the one and only snow day I can remember during my four years of undergrad. Yes, classes were cancelled on Valentine’s Day!
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  • By glancing at the title, you might assume that this will be about someone’s first boyfriend or girlfriend. But I am talking about a different kind of love, a love that has been forgotten, or in some cases never known.
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  • “At least we stayed married,” is just another one-liner you don’t want to hear. Being in a domestically abusive family that never separates can be testing on a child’s soul. When a parent constantly talks about divorce but never gets one can cause a child to envy peers with divorced parents.
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  • No one truly knows how strong they are until summoned to learn. If you are living your life, chances are you’ve already put your inner strength to the test. Every day we are faced with some form of adversity from losing a job, getting divorced, or feeling alone to the severity of disease, poverty or sheer survival.
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  • How are YOU going to make 2016 be a BETTER year for YOU? I hope you received a few gifts during the holidays and that not only did you receive them, but also that you opened them and are now using them.
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  • Midwinter brings the longest nights of the year. We respond, both traditionally and instinctively, by adding extra lights in our homes that comfort and cheer us, and help keep the darkness at bay. In the quieter moments of our holidays, if we pause to tune into nature’s rhythms, we may also enjoy a period of rest and reflection.
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  • I wrote this poem last year about the word, no. Before typing it out, I originally wrote it in my little, green journal. Within its secretive pages, I would list three good things per day under categories of people, places, things, activities, and virtues.
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  • A Woman’s Place (AWP) is one of many community benefit organizations in Bucks County providing better outcomes for people in need. We often serve the same clients in different ways.
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  • Victims of domestic violence who are also single parents may face special challenges during the holidays. It is all too common for former partners to abuse a superior financial position by showering children with gifts to buy their affections.
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  • When we founded #GivingTuesday in 2012 at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, we had no idea how it would be received. The fact that in a few short years it has gone viral and been embraced by more than 16,000 institutions and organizations worldwide is nothing short of amazing.
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  • As the holiday season falls upon us we will likely focus more on getting things done than appreciating the spirit of the season. My calendar is already full with deadlines, reminders and activities color coded in the hope that I remember everything. I did not remember to reserve a time for reflection, however, but I think the universe was aware of this…
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  • Last fall, the news was full of stories about Ray Rice and Janay Palmer. I’m sure you haven’t forgotten those hard-to-watch images of Ray’s elevator abuse toward his then-fiancée.
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  • Bullying is a problem that has touched the lives of millions, stretching to all parts of the world. No matter your age, race, gender, nationality ─ you name it ─ the potential to be bullied exists, and it is extremely prevalent in the new age of technology.
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  • Great job to everyone who participated in yesterday’s Race to Empower 5K or 1-Mile Fun Walk at Buckingham Friends School (BFS) in Lahaska! It was a new location/partnership for the event this year and a huge success; everyone at A Woman’s Place (AWP) and BFS greatly appreciates your participation and hopes you had a great time!…
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  • Domestic violence is a serious issue that is unfortunately prevalent throughout the world. As a way to continue the fight against this form of abuse, the organization known as FUTURES has sponsored Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day (HCADV).
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  • Being the only man on staff at an organization named A Woman’s Place (AWP) can be a fascinating experience at times. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and I’ll get right back to that, but it is also my first anniversary at AWP. So I want to reflect on that briefly.
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  • Social media can be a very harmful place when it comes to controversial videos. One video in particular shows an 18 year-old girl, Romina Garcia, saying, ”If your boyfriend hits you or beats you up, stay with him. He loves you, because he’s risking for you to press charges on him, calling the police — a guy that’s willing to do that for a girl, that’s amazing.”
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  • Fall for college students usually means notebooks with no torn pages, textbook purchases that teach you to appreciate the value of a dollar, and planners waiting to be filled with assignments. There is a palpable sense of renewal and anticipation for what the year has in store.
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  • “If the mind can heal the body, but the body cannot heal the mind, then the mind must be stronger than the body.”
    My head dips slightly below my shoulders as I lean over resting my hands on my knees. Sweat pours down my body plunging to the ground like raindrops. I am breathless.
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  • Over the past two years I have gained approximately 45 pounds, but this post isn’t about my weight or my clothing size. It’s about my gut.
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  • Feeling safe is one of our most basic needs. We unknowingly strive for it. We don’t think about it when we are safe, just when we are not. It is said that when we do not feel safe; well-being cannot fully happen.
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  • In history class, there was always one topic that stood out to me, as I’m sure it stood out to many others. No matter what time period was being discussed, women always had to fight for equality.
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  • My name is Carole-Ann Filiatreault, and I have been a volunteer at A Woman’s Place (AWP) for about two years now. It was back in 11th grade when my passion for helping women and my feminist side really started shinning.
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