Archives for Advocacy

Drinking and Driving

This is the post you don’t want to read if you are guilty. This is the post you don’t want to read if you don’t want to hear it. This is the post you don’t want to read if you think it’s just a soapbox. This is the post that you should be reading regardless of ...
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Convicted Rapist caught after 35 years

On this Easter Sunday, the day people tend to celebrate redemption and mercy, a rapist, convicted 35 years ago, was finally recovered after 35 years on the run. Gary Irving was convicted of multiple counts of rape in Massachusetts and was found less than 200 miles from where he was sentenced. His judge had granted him ...
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Implications of social welfare programs in an election year: An opinion

The implication in politics is that one side wants to give away all of our money to free loaders (socialism) and the other side doesn’t want to help anyone in need (greed). This is the only time I’m going to address this on here because I am not a hater and because I get sick ...
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A difference of perspective: How we view our military

Last night, I was at the dinner theater at Chaffin’s Barn here in Nashville, TN. I’d never gone before, though I’d heard many things about it, all good. One of the nice things they do is a pre-show introduction that includes asking the members of our current and past military to stand and be acknowledged. ...
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Trayvon Martin’s Death is a human issue

I think many people are surprised that there is still so much outrage over the death of teenager Travyon Martin. Martin was killed by George Zimmerman in Florida in February of 2012 and the initial shock and anger surrounding the death concerned racial profiling. Zimmerman, a Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer, shot African-American Trayvon Martin in ...
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When the bow breaks…

A couple of close friends of mine have recently had a baby. I’ve mentioned April repeatedly in this blog and she and her husband Chris have a new baby girl who is just the most beautiful and cool little girl out there! It was a pure joy for their friends and family to watch April ...
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10-year old Ashlynn Conner commits suicide

This is my kneejerk reaction, so I don’t know if this will be a well-thought out post that elicits the response of “thank you and I appreciate what you wrote.” I am ok with this. Right now, I keep repeating to myself, and over and over, “This is not ok. This is not ok. This ...
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Teachers and their role in bullying

As I taught my classroom full of teachers, I looked around the room and my heart grew heavy. Often, my classroom deviates from the class lesson to discuss practical application of our learned principles and today I had to discuss something that bothered me on a personal level. I was teaching my students about the ...
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In which I make a request…Animals in shelters

Christmastime is special to me, as it is to most people. I’ve never lost my childlike wonder for the lights, the tree lots, the snow, the gifts, really, any of it. As I grow, though, parts of the holiday that are less enchanted seem to hit me like a truck and I can’t seem to ...
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For love of a child, Dominick’s Law

From the time he was born, I have never taken my son for granted. His specialness was not lost on me when I looked into those royal blue eyes that would eventually turn a chestnut brown. He could make the people around him perform like circus animals. The night he was born I lay awake ...
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