KEEP CALM AND BE BRAVE

    Because I don’t feel brave. Because I want to be brave. Because I need to be brave. Because, when it counts… I am brave. ~Hastywords     10 WAYS TO BE BRAVE Love yourself.  This is one of the hardest things to do for many, many reasons.  Sometimes, in order to love yourself…

IGNORANCE IS DANGEROUS

As much as I’ve read and as much as I’ve dealt with my own situation I’m still shocked at how certain things will trigger me. Each time I’m telling myself to just get over it already. Yes, as a victim I tell myself that. I’m ashamed and infuriated that some things still attack the parts…

ASSAULT ON SE TEXAS -by Don Ortolano

I received this email last Friday and wanted to share what my friend wrote.  It reminds me of C.S. Lewis’s THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, which is among my favorite written work. As my friend was in Texas enduring Harvey’s violence I was sitting here in Oklahoma wishing I could help somehow.  Other than writing a few…

DRAMATIC FIRES

The picture hangs crooked Among splinters and knots The corners a bit scorched A moment frozen in a frame Waiting for the smoke to clear And the shouts to fall silent Before trying to make peace Before searching for the time Where everything went wrong Where they try too hard to erase The mistakes that…

FIGHTING BACK

I have some mad respect for this dude.  Seriously!  This post rips me up… it also increased my determination to be more aware of those around me. Not every kid has an adult in their life who loves them.  Let that sink in.   I read the stories and I watch the horror of headline news and yet… it…

STAINLESS

***TRIGGER WARNING*** Some stories you hear stay with you and you have to write them out or go mad.  In many cases all I have to do is read a news blurb and my mind twists and turns in agony with the pain of it all. Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what…

I AM A KILLER

I love this story about the flexibility of the human spirit. It’s much more than that though. It’s about making choices. It’s about choosing to continue the cycle of abuse, or choosing instead to become a champion for love. A lot of people raised with violence commit violent crimes themselves. They often end up going…

BULLIES AND THEIR PARENTS

I am struggling to keep caught up with all the posts that have been sent in. I am so very grateful for all the contributions. When I started this project I was worried I would not have enough participation to fill the month. I WAS WRONG My guest today, Rachna Parmar, received so many emails…

BULLIED UNTIL BROKEN

The person who wrote this post wanted to remain anonymous; feelings like this are not easy to own.  This post is as emotionally raw as you will read in my series this month.  It is a testimony of how bullying can have a long-term effect on a person.  I should also point out that this…

LEAVING ARCADIA WEEK

    If you recall a few weeks back I wrote a Because Girls Are Cool post about Helena Hann-Basquiat. I have been reading a story she wrote about violent abuse against women and I would like to encourage you to check it out because, despite the content, it is a great read and I…