Suicide Prevention: You Matter. Period.

You're sitting at a coffee shop with three of your closest girlfriends, chatting, catching up, enjoying some laughs.Statistically speaking, one of the four of you beautiful women will experience abuse at the hand (or mouth) of an intimate partner at some point in your precious lives.One of the four of you. And that one blessed friend has a high chance of being sexually assaulted by that same partner....more
Thank you. I have survived 2 suicide attempts, and have written about suicide among latina ...more

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Healthy Boundaries, Healthy Relationships

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this is the last official day of it. But let's not allow this month to be the only month in which we "become aware", raise awareness or keep our eyes open for friends and loved ones who may be involved in an unsafe relationship that they are ill-equipped to escape. What do you think of when when you hear the word "boundaries" in regards to "relationships"?...more
HauteDerriere Domestic violence survivors share their courageous ...more

Man's (and Woman's!) Best Friend!

This post is picture-intensive so I'd like to invite you to click this link to the original blog post that I created earlier today.  It's worth it, I promise.

Kindness, Strangers, and What's Good About Both

This happened outside my home today.  I saw him back into what he thought was our driveway.  Only it wasn’t. It was a ditch. With all the white out there it was hard to determine which was which. As he gave his truck the gas, I felt his pain and watched him slide deeper into the ditch, solidifying his position. I have been in similar situations many times before…too many, if you ask my husband, so I could relate this man’s plight.  I wanted to be able to help him but I couldn’t. I was home alone and had no ability to pull him out of the ditch....more

Truth in Darkness

Winter...judging by the scene outside my windows, it's arrived in grand style. Overnight, a white blanket has been pulled up and tucked under the chin of what just days ago was lush, green grass. The fire-colored leaves fell all too quickly and are gone, leaving behind naked, gray branches. The world outside is nearly void of color save for the white and hints of slate....more

Colonoscopy: Nothing to Fear

Colonoscopy:  The word often strikes fear into the hearts of men and women alike. A colonoscopy is a scope used to investigate the colon, just as it implies.  It is often recommended that once you turn a "certain age" that you should undergo a colonoscopic examination as a precautionary measure for a baseline. Assuming the scope performed for this reason shows you are free of disease and polyps, it is likely you won't need another scope for a few years....more

Don't Just Follow Your Dreams, Run After Them and Catch Them!

Graceless Gracie

When my husband and I got married nearly two years ago, we felt it was the natural next step to bring a baby into our family too. So when we discovered a litter of pugs was on their collective way, we put dibs on one of the pups. And life hasn’t been the same since. When she was born, we went to visit Gracie who still needed to be with her mama. We were all instantly smitten and there was no turning back. ...more
Thanks Emilie! They're part of the family. :)more

How Would Your Life Be Different If We Were Kind?

Recently we had the privilege of voting in some pretty significant elections. Since the results came in, I've noticed a lot of fallout on social media. ...more
femininecollective blogher  Amen!more