Archive for ‘Causes’

April 3rd, 2012


Thanks to The Bully Project for sponsoring my writing. Visit their website to join the movement and learn more.

I grew up in a pretty small town.  Our school district was geographically large, but there were only two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.  There were 170 people in my graduating class.  I remember parents often bragging how “the kids all know each other really well.”  That was true – we’d been together since the beginning and we all knew where the others lived, what bus they rode to school, and what their dog’s name was.  We also knew what specific personal things were pressure points for each other and some classmates chose to use that information for their advantage.

Ninth Grade

Here’s a photo of me in 9th grade.  Can you guess what my pressure point was?

Thankfully, I don’t know of any times that any physical violence occurred.  I can’t even count, though, the number of times emotional attacks were made because of how well we knew each other.  They are both bullying. Things were especially bad for me in middle school.  I can remember several mornings that I begged my mom not to make me go to school because one particular female classmate had chosen me as her target for the week.  Did I tell my mom why I didn’t want to go?  No.  I didn’t know how to start that conversation and I don’t think she ever thought it was one she would need to have with me.  Now, however, we all know.  We have seen stories of how tragically some bullying situations have ended.  This should never happen. We, as parents, adults, and citizens, have a responsibility to help end the bullying epidemic.

Sundance and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch has directed an incredible film that documents the life of five students and families over an entire school year in the Sioux City Community School District.  The film offers a look into many different areas of life in this district and is a gift to parents, educators, and schools.  If you’re unsure of how to talk with children and teenagers about bullying, watch this movie together.  The Bully Project has provided resources on their website to help you talk with your kids after viewing the movie.  Please, please, please check it out.

I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. Find showings in your area for The Bully Project and buy tickets here.

July 1st, 2010

Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving

The Fourth of July holiday is probably the biggest celebration of the summer.  We finally have warm weather, everyone is out of school, and nearly everyone has the day off – a perfect day for a party!  The day often ends with fireworks and the mad dash on the roads to get back home.  With so many people driving on the Fourth, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and The Ad Council want to remind us all that buzzed driving IS drunk driving.

If you plan to drink while celebrating this holiday, make sure you have a plan in place BEFORE you go out.

  • Designate a driver for the evening.  The designated driver should not be the least drunk person in your group.  The designated driver just shouldn’t drink alcoholic beverages that night.
  • If no one in your group wants to step up as DD for the night, make sure you have the number of a local cab company already programmed into your phone.  Don’t take the chance that you’ll remember it or have quick access to a phone book while you’re out.

If you don’t plan to drink this weekend, please keep your eyes open for others who are.  If you see someone that has likely had one too many drinks to drive safely, take their keys and get them home another way.  Sure, they might get upset with you, but that’s so much better than losing a friend.

Be responsible this holiday weekend.  Plan ahead and don’t drive if you are impaired.  Call 9-1-1 if you see someone on the road who should not be driving.  Remember, buzzed driving IS drunk driving!

May 23rd, 2010

National Foster Care Month

The following is a guest post from Adopt Us Kids

“Did you know it would take less than 1% of the U.S. population to provide a family for every child in foster care? 

May is National Foster Care Month and there has never been a greater need to bring attention to children waiting for forever homes.  More than 463,000 children are currently in foster care and 123,000 children are waiting to be adopted.

Children in foster care are loving children.  They are children like Shaquane and Edlina and Albert.  Every child deserves to have a home with caring and supportive parents.

Help us spread the message this month to reach all Americans and teach them about the love and joy that foster care adoption can bring to your life.

Visit to learn more about fostering and adopting. You can also join our online communities on Facebook and Twitter. “

Please join me and others on Twitter for a one hour chat on Thursday, May 27th at 2pm Eastern.  Use the tag #AdoptUsKids to learn more about National Foster Care Month and answer any questions you may have.

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