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Blog Archive

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    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...

  • 3 Simple Ways to Volunteer with your Children

    Volunteering with your children is a simple way to teach your children difficult concepts like compassion, empathy, tolerance, gratitude and social responsibility.

  • What Would You Do to Build A Movement?

    That’s the question I find swirling around in my head these last few days. What would you do to build a movement?

  • The Day That I...

    The other day I did the thing where I mentally scrolled through my jumbled schedule, trying to weed through the days to find October 11. Read more...

  • #WhyIStayed

    I think I sweat my weight at the gym last night. It was Tuesday; I was up for interval sprints: 30 seconds blast off, 60 seconds to recover, 30 seconds blast off, 60 seconds to recover. I was cruising. Just at minute 6, my peripheral vision caught the damning image that, if you are reading this post, you have seen by now. Read more...

  • Dear Mrs. Rice...

    Please, allow me to begin by saying, I’m sorry. I’m sorry that this is happening to you. You do not deserve this, you are not alone, and this is not your fault. Read more...

  • It's a Race!

    On Saturday, October 11th we will Race. It is our 5th annual Race to Empower. The race is held in October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) to do just that… raise awareness, but also to give the community an opportunity to help us raise funds for the much needed services and programs we provide, that are always free, private, and confidential. Read more...

  • What Would You Do?

    It’s the $5.8 billion question. You can read the graphic. Every year the cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion. Read more...

  • Take Some Time

    Though Labor Day marks the unofficial end to summer, its true purpose is to recognize the contributions that America’s workers make on a daily basis.

  • Declaring My "Independency"

    Several weeks ago I was interviewing a potential employee when, in the course of conversation, she used the word “independency.” The voice in my head distractedly asked, “Did she say independency? Is that a word?”

  • Keep Marching Forward

    The staff at A Woman’s Place wears yellow in honor of Women’s Equality Day. Please wear yellow on Tuesday, August 26th to show your support too.