Friday, October 19, 2012

Bullied Student Finds Inspiring Hero

October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. In honor of the cause, I'll be sharing stories and resources that promote empathy while aiming to abolish hate. I hope you'll join the conversation.

This story appeared in my inbox earlier this week. Aside from being relevant to my current research and profession, it reminded me that good people are out there. It's normal to get distracted by all the hate around us - news channels flood our minds with evil deeds, painting an image of our society that is highly negative.

But it's not all negative. Some people have morals. Some have compassion, and some practice empathy. Values have not been abandoned by everyone, and sometimes, when you look in the right places, you find those touching examples of how one person can make a difference and change a person's life.



Stories like this inspire me to be a better person. They remind me of the many opportunities to reach out and help someone who's hurting. I don't have to repair a car to make a positive difference. Sometimes, the simple act of listening is all a person's looking for.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Teen Girls Assault A Mentally Challenged Woman

October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. In honor of the cause, I'll be sharing stories and resources that promote empathy while aiming to abolish hate. I hope you'll join the conversation.

Some feel even the cruelest bullies have limitations. But among the six teenage girls who filmed themselves beating a 48-year-old mentally-challenged woman, anyone is fair game.

The victim was sitting peacefully outside her home when a group of girls attacked without cause or warning. One of the girls filmed the beating and later posted it online. As the incident circulated the Internet, one outraged viewer called the police.

The District Attorney is charging the teens as adults. They face charges for aggravated assault and home invasion.



In Other News:

By the power vested in me, as received from my Venti Americano and Pandora Internet Radio, I hereby declare draft four complete.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Student With Cerebral Palsy Scores Touchdown

October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. In honor of the cause, I'll be sharing stories and resources that promote empathy while aiming to abolish hate. I hope you'll join the conversation.

Today I have a happy story - the type of story that occurs when a community embraces equality.

Thirteen-year-old Jack McGraw is an 8th grade student with cerebral palsy. He grew up wanting to be an athlete, but his disability limits him to the sidelines.

Jack attends every practice and every game for his school's football team. He participates by cheering on his classmates and celebrating their victories. Earlier this month, Jack was surprised with a victory of his own. Take a look:



This is what true sportsmanship looks like. This is what acceptance sounds like.This is what unity feels like.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bullied Girls Resort To Surgery

October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. In honor of the cause, I'll be sharing stories and resources that promote empathy while aiming to abolish hate. I hope you'll join the conversation.

Abby Dubois was bullied for her ears. Amaya Kendall was bullied for a mole. After years of dodging insults, both underwent a complimentary surgery to adjust their physical appearance. Check out their journey below.

Video removed due to technical difficulties. You can still view it here.

As happy as I am for both of these girls, I'm saddened that society led them to this option. Had they both been treated with kindness, they would have never received the scars left from the words of others. And without those scars making them feel different, it's possible these girls would have accepted their appearance.

Why were they harassed for their appearance in the first place? While these two girls were able to close a painful chapter in their lives, how many people will face similar obstacles for longer? Should we be accommodating our own personal bullies, or, should our bullies be learning tolerance and empathy?

Wear a shirt, take a stand!

Tomorrow, PACER'S National Bullying Prevention Center is sponsoring UNITY DAY. In support of students who are bullied, please join us by wearing ORANGE. Help raise awareness, and let anyone being bullied know they are not alone. The end of bullying begins with us.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"The cruel words of one are nothing compared to the shouts of many." - Jennifer Livingston

October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. In honor of the cause, I'll be sharing stories and resources that promote empathy while aiming to abolish hate. I hope you'll stop in and join the conversation.

Today I bring you a message from Wisconsin news anchor Jennifer Livingston. Her story has been circulating facebook and twitter, so chances are, it already crossed your path. Jennifer is part of a CBS morning show in La Crosse, WI, and recently received a hurtful e-mail from an occasional viewer. With her head held high, Jennifer addressed her bully on live television, using the opportunity to raise awareness and empower individuals battling similar issues. Her message is respectful, eloquent, and spot-on. I applaud her efforts, and I applaud her ability to use a personal attack as a public teaching tool. Take a look at her segment.



Wear a shirt, take a stand!

PACER'S National Bullying Prevention Center is sponsoring UNITY DAY on Wednesday, October 10. People around the world will link together by wearing orange in support of students who are bullied. Please join the thousands who have already pledged to sharing this message, and join the facebook page to learn more and help spread the word. Wear a shirt and take a stand. What could be easier?

Monday, October 1, 2012

Morning Announcements

It's hard to believe I'm starting my second month at the job, which is going fairly well. You can't really complain when you're coming out of retail. My return to a professional setting has done wonders for my emotional health, and I'm thrilled to be utilizing my education and experience again. I was thrilled to have four holidays in September, also!

Evenings have been reserved for draft four of the manuscript, which I began about a week ago. Draft three came home in mid-September, and I'm enjoying the opportunity to incorporate feedback from my first beta reader.  

Some Announcements:

Last week I was invited to the site of fellow writer Adam Coombs. Adam's a talented guy who enjoys networking with many different artists. You can read my feature here.

PACER'S National Bullying Prevention Center is sponsoring UNITY DAY on Wednesday, October 10. People around the world will link together by wearing orange in support of students who are bullied. Please join the thousands who have already pledged to sharing this message, and join the facebook page to learn more and help spread the word. Wear a shirt and take a stand. What could be easier?

HUGE CONGRATS to Davonna Juroe (D.L. King), who recently signed with an agent after her six year pursuit. Davonna was one of the first writers I met online and I'm thrilled to see her moving forward. She is definitely deserving.

I completed twenty-six workouts in the month of September. Just saying.

Finally, my fantasy team is abysmal. I'm willing to play like them for a tenth of their salary. Seriously; I wouldn't catch a single pass either. But I'd drop them much cheaper!

I leave you with this news clip highlighting a talented local teacher. Have a great week, everyone! And here's to a great October. Cheers!!