One Billion Rising – February 14, 2013

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To a Group of Wonderful, Amazing and Fun Women, Please join me and a whole lot of other Amazing Women (and a few terrific men) on February 14th for lunch and dancing in the parking lot of HAVEN’s Counseling Program. Yes – dancing in a parking lot in the middle of winter! Join HAVEN as […]

My Resolutions for the New Year

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I don’t typically come up with New Year’s Resolutions but yesterday as I undecorated our Christmas team, I had a dose of nostalgia followed by a wave of excitement for 2013. So what the heck, I’m throwing caution to the wind and here is my list of resolutions for 2013! 1. To talk more about […]

A Must Read! Drain the Swamp

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I don’t like mosquitoes and I have to admit the whole West Nile problem has me a bit freaked out. I am glad that health officials, scientists and others are working diligently to come up with solutions to the problem, and to decrease the incident rate of this scary and sometimes fatal disease. You may […]

The Must Have To-Do List

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Another September, another year of sending off our children to school, whether it is kindergarten or college. For me this is my 17th year, as I “send off” Colin to his 4th year of college. With the annual send off there is always a list involved — school supply list, book lists, clothing list, dorm […]

My Challenge to the Media

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I am predicting that in addition to the Olympics, the story of the summer will be the trial of Jerry Sandusky. The trial began in early June and is sure to keep the media talking for months to come. From the daily rehashing of testimony, the hours waiting for a verdict, and on to post […]

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month – Speaking Out Against Rape And Sexual Assault.

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The classmate who raped my college roommate 30 years ago was never held accountable for his behavior. The business man who molested a relative of mine decades ago was never held accountable for the crime he committed. The professional who sexually assaulted a friend of mine 10 years ago never served even a moment in […]

Break the Rules of Gender Stereotypes

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Much has been said of late about gender stereotyping, especially with the launch of Lego’s new line of products aimed at the girl market, Lego Friends.  I am one who doesn’t get it. Why do we need pink Legos? Why do we need preformed beauty shops and pink ovens for baking cupcakes? Can’t a child, […]

Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

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This article starts, “Just in time for Valentine’s Day.” Sounds lovely, until you read the rest of the content. To quickly recap, a Florida judge ordered a man who was arrested for domestic violence to buy his wife flowers, take her out to a nice dinner, followed by bowling. Mr. Bray, the defendant, shoved his […]

Condolences to the Family, Friends and Neighbors of Jane Bashara

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Nearly 11 years ago, my next door neighbor, and dear friend, was murdered. A murder that remains unsolved to this day. My neighborhood, much like your quiet street, was rocked to the core with daily speculation — did he (her husband) kill her, did he have her killed, he is the prime suspect, he is […]

HAVEN Celebration of Strength

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On January 19, HAVEN is hosting Celebration of Strength, to thank and celebrate everyone for their impact on our mission in 2011, and we’re hoping you’ll be able to join us. We’re awarding a few standout individuals for their lasting voice, support, and assistance in 2011: Voice for Victims: Paula Tutman from WDIV Channel 4 […]