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Blog Archive

  • Friendship

    This Sunday is National Friendship Day. It began as a Hallmark Holiday, but we rarely give or receive appreciation cards from friends. Nowadays we post a picture with our best friends on Instagram, with the hash tag #NationalFriendshipDay. Either way, today we should think, “What does friendship mean to me, and where would I be without my friends?”

  • Lest We Forget

    I am a year-round reader, but I especially love passing a sunny summer’s day with a book in my hands and sand under my feet. I read all kinds of books – mysteries, autobiographies, memoirs, crime fiction, “chick-lit”.
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  • Reflections

    From the time I was old enough to understand her, I remember my mother repeating these ideas to me over and over until they were drilled into my head:
    -You are a good person
    -You may make bad decisions sometimes, but you are still a good person
    -No one has the right to make you feel like you are less than them

  • Bucks Women Urge Compromise

    The General Assembly in Harrisburg needlessly wasted a lot of valuable time over the last four months passing a budget in the waning days of the fiscal year that Members knew was destined for the governor’s trash can. Those were critical days that legislators and the governor should have used to talk through their differences and reach a compromise.

  • No Client Left Behind

    Each year during the month of June, Gay Pride Month is celebrated across the country. It is a time to recognize the accomplishments, challenges, and future goals of the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Questioning (LGBTQ) community.
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  • Free Being Me

    A wall of teal green vests and colorful badges stands firm in the center of the room. It is formed by a group of girl scouts who are linked arm and arm.
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  • Shoe Heels, Don't Bother Me!

    Each September while I was in elementary school, my mom would take my older sister and I back-to-school shopping. This consisted of typical errands, stopping to get folders, pens, pencils etc. We would spend the whole day getting organized for the upcoming year, making sure my pencil case and backpack fit the third grade aesthetic I was going for.
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  • Beyond Boundaries

    Just over a week ago, my family and I road tripped down to Williamsburg, Virginia to cheer on my older sister Charlotte as she graduated from the College of William and Mary.
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  • Silent Epidemic

    People have always been afraid of the unknown. Most of us avoid risk for the uncertainty of its outcome. When it comes to witnessing domestic violence, we often stay silent for that very reason.
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  • Imagine Me Without You

    Me without You…
    is like a peaceful nap without interruption.
    a government without corruption.
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  • How Did I Get Here?

    When it comes to domestic violence, I have known several women who have said things like “I would just leave,” or “if you choose to stay, then you choose to be abused,” or “my brother/dad/guy friends would put an end to that.” I was one of these women. No way. Not me.
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  • Pinwheels

    I remember my childlike amusement with this neon green pinwheel that my mom bought for me one summer. Opening up my window, I would watch it spin through endless flickering revolutions.
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  • T-H-A-N-K-S!

    “I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.” Spoken originally by William Shakespeare and certainly felt by AWP staff and clients each day, these words cannot be expressed nearly enough to our selflessly dedicated volunteers.
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  • In Memory of Nicole

    Living in peaceful Bucks County, yet I find myself saying, “I know someone who was murdered.”
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  • All You Need Is Love

    Love is generally the source of good in our lives: it motivates us, it comforts us, and it heals us, among many other things. But, in the instances where abuse is present in a relationship, love can keep us trapped.
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  • 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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