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A Bully-Free Future

Recently, I attended a discussion with colleagues who are coordinating a countywide initiative to prevent bullying from destroying children’s sense of joy, hope and security. Ironically, on the other side of the wall, employees from a corporation were meeting to confront the problem of bullying in the workplace

Hands Off

Last year, the Government Accountability Office initiated a study to delve into an epidemic that has swept the United States. The six-month study showed that there are more deaths attributed to child abuse and neglect than the H1N1 virus, food-borne illnesses, Toyota accelerator malfunctions, coal mining accidents and U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.

Guys and Dolls

As a self-declared modern feminist, I will be the first to tout the powers of sisterhood. As a girl who played flag football during recess and roomed with boys in college, I also have witnessed the importance of a strong brotherhood.

Extraordinary Woman: Carolyn S. Hennecy

Carolyn Hennecy is a survivor and now the Lakeland native is helping other women, telling her story in Orange Blossom Wishes: Child Molested, Woman Abused – Her Victorious Journey to Freedom. The 2008 memoir, available at Barnes & Nobles and, takes readers through her childhood and a nearly 16-year marriage filled with emotional, verbal and physical abuse to her escape.

American History

I am not a big fan of Black History Month. Please don’t get me wrong — as a history teacher, I both love and value the powerful stories and great examples that are often highlighted as part of Black History Month each February. I’m not a fan because I dislike that the highlighting only lasts a month, and because I dislike the limiting practice of calling these important stories, contributions, and examples “Black” history.

Accepted – Now what

New beginnings can be thrilling and horrifying. The heart-racing excitement parents and college-bound kids feel just before the big send-off is often over-shadowed by an uncontrollable dread of the unknown.

High-tech parenting

Most kids today are natural technophiles — gracefully and enthusiastically adopting technology into their everyday lives. In fact, a recent study showed that, on average, today’s school-aged children are consuming and using media about 7.5 hours a day.

Day Care Dilemma

We make decisions every day. While some are important others are trivial. In the grand scheme, not many decisions rank with selecting someone to care for your child.

Bye, Bye Baby

It’s the moment every parent of a small child dreads: the good-bye. For parents of young children, it can be a gut-wrenching, heart wrenching, guilt-ridden moment full of tears, protests, and quick getaways.

Extraordinary Woman: Margarita Romo

On the other end of the phone line came the words, “Are you really coming?”