Sublime Compliment

As she spoke to me her words came to my ears as familiar, the very thoughts and expressions I had shared with her recently during a time she was hurt, bewildered and panicking. She spoke with certainty and conviction, her voice steady and full of strength. It was a sublime compliment that she did not remember that I was the one who had first proposed those very concepts and phrases. She was imparting her own wisdom, internalized and imbedded in her soul....more

Illusion

I’ve understood for a long time that not everything I see or hear is real. Not long ago I was reminded of this in a most unusual fashion. While peering through a window of a local art gallery late one afternoon, I noticed a striking figure seated in the driver’s seat of a car parked on the street behind me. Quickly turning around to get a better look at her, I found the car empty. Amazingly, bright sunlight reflecting the empty car in the window caused me to see both the bronze statue inside the gallery and the car simultaneously, thus placing her inside the car....more

Puzzle Piece Friendships

All of us were grappling with life issues –work, environments, relationships of one sort or another. Each of us had reached a crossroad in which we would choose new directions, discover fresh options and once again reinvent ourselves. Our spontaneity, originality and willingness to explore possibilities were anchored securely by our individual strengths, insights, values and commitment to our families and local community....more

4th of July Pursuits

There is a tree in our town that for several years has been anonymously decorated to commemorate various occasions –this time the 4th of July. ...more

Death of a Baby

Most of us have seen depictions of Lady Justice, a female figure holding a sword in one hand and the scales of justice in the other. Portraying Justice as a female figure dates back to ancient Greek and Roman images. In Roman mythology, Justicia (Justice) was one of the four Virtues along with Prudence, Fortitude and Temperance. Themis, who was known for her clear-sightedness, was the Greek Goddess of Justice and Law. The scales represent impartiality and the sword symbolizes power....more

Wall of Shame: Babysitter Puts Wine in Baby's Sippy Cup, Gets Eight Years in Prison

According to the Times-Georgian, a Georgia babysitter gave her infant charge a sippy cup filled with wine, bringing his blood alcohol level to .33, a condition considered to be life-threatening. ...more

Wow. People are crazy.

Deana Birks inspire me!

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Cruelty Connections

In a perfect world there would be no abuse of any kind – child abuse, domestic abuse, animal abuse, etc.  Unfortunately our world is far from perfect and abuse has become more prevalent than ever before.  What’s even more unfortunate is that we often hear only about high-profile cases which leads people to think that most cases of abuse are isolated.  The ”smaller” every-day incidences get swept under the rug and forgotten about.  No abuse should be tolerated.  No one deserves to be mistreated.  All cr...more

Modern Slavery in America (Part 3): Pimps Are the Worst Kind of Predators

Wiley said, when the police scan online classifieds on Craigslist and the escort service site My Redbook, they sometimes find 50 to 100 individuals advertised from the Bay Area who look like teenagers -- even though they are described as adults. With cell phones, a john can call up a number on the advertisement and "have a girl delivered." ...more

Half Orphan

In the Preface to my book DARKNESS OVERTURNED, I explain my pen name. There are several reasons why I chose for myself the name EsthersChild. The Esther of biblical antiquity had neither father nor mother ―and in a real sense, neither have I ...more

About That Two-Year-Old Who Smokes Two Packs a Day

By now you have probably seen the video of the Indonesian two-year-old smoking. I am not going to post it here, but if you haven't seen the video Amy Grindhouse has it on her site. Poor little Ardi Rizal has a two-pack-a-day habit, and he probably isn't even three years old yet. ...more
Do they not have some kind of child protection services there? Because that child needs to be ...more