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The Fear In My Bones

“A woman in a violent relationship is often on high alert: She may be frightened about being killed or worried about her kids; if she tries to get away, she may be stalked. All that stress is really toxic. There’s no organ that’s immune. Your whole body is at risk.”  TRIGGER WARNING for sexual assault… Continue reading The Fear In My Bones

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Thanks, Mom

“In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month I light this candle of gratitude for my mother, Lynn, who had the courage to leave an abusive husband with three young daughters in tow. I am certain she saved our lives, and she taught us that love shouldn’t hurt.” Every Sunday at worship at the Unitarian Universalist… Continue reading Thanks, Mom

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Day of Unity in Montclair. Kind of.

So the National Day of Unity has come and gone and the event that I had planned for Montclair, NJ was not a blazing success.  Only a few people showed up and because of this they just wanted to go home.  I was very disappointed.  I had set high expectations.  I mistakenly thought that just… Continue reading Day of Unity in Montclair. Kind of.

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A Case of Nerves

"The important thing about being a person with a story to tell is that you break the silence and try to raise awareness that this happens to women of all different ages, all different ethnicities, income levels, education levels — it happens in every religion, in every community." -Leslie Morgan Steiner, Domestic violence survivor and… Continue reading A Case of Nerves

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The Presence of Greatness

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do."  -Eleanor Roosevelt There… Continue reading The Presence of Greatness