5 Signs That You Are an Internet Troll

As a blogger with connections to writers all over the world, I hear a lot of complaining about the trolls ruining the comment sections of articles, especially those posted on the bigger blogs such as  Huffington Post or Scary Mommy. My own work has earned the gaze of trolls along with their pithy (often misspelled and expletive-filled vitriol) explanations for why I should "just kill myself" or my personal favorite to, "get a life." ...more
I agree with everything you say here. It should be sort of a primer for the beginning commenter: ... more

Brittany Maynard's Right to Die: Is It a Sin?

[Editor's Note: As of 10/302014, Brittany Maynard has delayed her plans to end her life.]I can never forget that time in college I had to write about euthanasia. What is euthanasia? The act or practice of killing someone who is very sick or injured in order to prevent any more suffering (http://www.merriam-webster.com). As I was doing my research, something about euthanasia didn't feel right....more
I'm not religious, so won't speak to the subject of sin. What I can offer is this: I have had a ... more

I'm Sick of Cancer, But it Won't Be a Good Day When My Treatment Stops

There is a bell in cancer centre chemotherapy unit. Every time someone has their last treatment, they ring that bell in triumph and the unit explodes in applause. But not me. If I was dozing, I keep my eyes closed. If awake, I stare fixedly at my book. It's not that I'm not happy for whoever is walking away. It's just that, while I'm sick of being a cancer patient, it won't be a good day when my treatment stops. ...more
CatherineTheWriter I welcomed the opportunity to get our voices out there, especially admidst ... more

I'm Sick of Cancer, But it Won't Be a Good Day When My Treatment Stops

There is a bell in cancer centre chemotherapy unit. Every time someone has their last treatment, they ring that bell in triumph and the unit explodes in applause. But not me. If I was dozing, I keep my eyes closed. If awake, I stare fixedly at my book. It's not that I'm not happy for whoever is walking away. It's just that, while I'm sick of being a cancer patient, it won't be a good day when my treatment stops. ...more
Rita Arens Thanks so much Rita. That means a lot to me. more

For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Remember That Love Doesn't Hurt

The first time someone I (thought I) loved slapped me, I was stunned into silence. I was 16, he was 24, and while there were so many things wrong with our pairing, the physical and emotional abuse were the worst. How does a 16-year-old respond to a hard slap across the cheek in response to saying something he would later say made him feel like "less of a man", when he is bigger and is much stronger? My ears ringing, I paused, completely silenced and stunned that he would strike out at me rather than discuss whatever I said that upset him. It seemed excessive, and I found myself (oddly) doing more to make sense of it than process it as wrong....more
Lynn Miles, my favourite singer-songwriter, has a song that could be the anthem of the ... more

43 Things I Learned From Dating Jerks

This post was born out of a conversation I overheard while sitting in a bathroom stall at a movie theater. I was so fascinated by what I was hearing, I stayed there listening in that dang stall much longer than is socially acceptable.  After about five minutes of pretending no one was occupying my tiny compartment, there was no way to walk out and face the small group of teenage girls without feeling awkward. I had been privy to a very private conversation...and so I just listened until they left.  The basic point of their conversation was this:  ...more
This is excellent and very thorough. I doubt those girls would have wanted to hear what you had ... more

Don’t Read His Post If You Hate Fatphobia, Says Wil Wheaton

I support health at every size. I support doing what you personally have to do to feel good in your skin, and in your body. And if that means weight loss, then it means weight loss—in a healthy way that works for you, not by super-restrictive diets and starvation. So, Wil Wheaton, who recently mentioned that he was working on getting healthier and wanted to share that with his fans, has my full support. I totally think it's great he wants to be healthier. ...more
This is a clear, gentle, compassionate and very powerful post. Thank you. more

Hobby Lobby is Right

With the very recent Supreme Court ruling on the Hobby Lobby case has come an uproar, an outrage over the result.  But these folks are in an uproar in large part over misinformation.  All the outcry, Facebooks posts, and news stories are screaming loud and long that Hobby Lobby has refused to pay for any and all female contraception.  Untrue....more
A few things. 1. " Even years ago when I worked for a hospital, they did not provide coverage ... more

I Remind Myself Everyday That My Body Belongs to Me

I clearly remember the first time I realized that my body was being viewed sexually by my male peers. I was in middle school. I had hardly entered my teen years and I never walked out of my front door freely again....more
This is excellent. Here in Ottawa, Canada, dress codes have been in the news, as some girls and ... more

Sharing Our Stories: This is Why We Need to Talk about Mental Illness

Last week, I was very moved by an interview on CBC Radio with Newfoundland actor-comedian Andy Jones and his wife Mary-Lynn Bernard on the death of their son, Louis who "passed away by his own hand after a lengthy and brave battle with mental illness... age 28 years." (from Louis' obituary.) Despite pain that was practically palpable, Ms. Bernard and Mr. Jones have been doing media interviews across the country to shed light on mental illness and the very high toll it takes on those affected and their loved ones. I was very, very moved by their story, and the brave decision they have made to share it. ...more
bcampins  this just happened to cross my Twitter feed ... more