Community Cares: The World Cup and Domestic Violence

Similar concerns arise around our American Super Bowl. Any time when emotions are high can be dangerous for a woman experiencing Domestic Violence. Thanks to the creators / producers of this video. Raise awareness and promote peace!

Four Pawed Friends: Trauma Dog Hawk

I subscribe to an e-mail of the K-9 Cop Magazine.   Every week or so I receive news bulletins about the great things Police K-9s have done in their communities.  Most of the bulletins are about apprehended suspects and drug busts.  I celebrate the work Police K-9s do to make our communities safe places to…

Four Pawed Friends: Tails of Valor

Tails of Valor is a TV show about our four-pawed heroes.  It features Luis Carlos Montalvan and Tuesday along with other K9 heroes and handlers.  Check out the video and “like” them on Facebook to get details of the show’s release.  This sneak-peek highlights the kind of healing partnerships that Bady and I celebrate!

Jackson Katz Ted Talk

Check out this great video on gender leadership and shifting the paradigm of how we think about ‘women’s issues’. It is a great way to spend 20 minutes today!

In The News: Yay for the VAWA

Last week President Barack Obama reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act.  It was a long time in coming, but it has happened and I celebrate!  The VAWA was initially signed into law in 1994.  The current re-authorization is for five years and expands protections for illegal immigrants, tribal members and the LGBTQ community.   Read more…

In The News: TED Talks

I recently discovered TED Talks.  (I know, I am behind the times!)  TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, but since it’s founding in 1984 it’s scope has broadened.  Here is a link to an amazing TED talk by Leslie Morgan Steiner, a strong, professional woman and survivor of domestic violence.   (The video is about 15…

In The News: Comfort Dogs

My prayers are with the children of Sandy Hook Elementary as they return to school today.  Over the past few weeks I’ve been amazed by the outpouring of love and support for the victim’s families and school children of Newtown, CT.  Thinking of all they have been through, and all they have yet to face,…

Community Cares? PTSD Deniers

Apparently there are people out there who deny PTSD exists.  I admit to being naive in some ways, so I did feel a little bit of shock when I read this article: PTSD may be Overdiagnosed, but PTSD Deniers are Wrong Having lived with PTSD for 11 years (part of that time undiagnosed), I am…

Random Musings: Still Waiting

Politics is not the primary focus of this blog.  Rather, we focus on healing, strength and wholeness in the face of PTSD and sexual and domestic violence, with a special focus on canine partnerships.  Still, I can’t believe that our government has not reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act.   Really?  We are still waiting?  Why? …

In The News: DVAM

A few days ago I posted a portion of President Obama’s Proclamation related to Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).  Newspaper and TV Stations around the country have reported on observances to bring awareness to domestic violence in the month of October.  For too many people, every month is DVAM.  Still, it is important to have…

Persons of Courage: Marcia Mount Shoop

Rev. Marcia Mount Shoop, Presbyterian pastor and rape survivor, is a courageous person.  Growing up in the church she found her community of faith lacking in the aftermath of being raped at 15 years old.  Feelings of shame kept her from telling anyone what had happened. Unlike many people, though, Shoop did not give up…