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Essay Contest for H.S. Football Players on Domestic Violence

September 18, 2014


In order to bring more awareness to the issue of domestic violence within the football culture, and open up the conversation with young players, Jacar Press, a community active press, and Women Writers of the Triad are teaming up to host an essay competition for high school football players on “Why Domestic Violence is Wrong.” […]

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The New Household Names: Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, and domestic violence

September 15, 2014


In that I live in North Carolina and my hometown is the also the hometown of the Carolina Panthers, and given that my father physically abused my mother during their 23-year marriage, to say the Ray Rice scandal touches my life is putting it mildly.  And for the Panthers to have been willing to play […]

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On North Carolina’s Moral Mondays, Motorcyclevaginas, and How a Red State Goes Decidedly Blue

July 20, 2013


(Originally published by The Rude Pundit.) As much as North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory wanted to rebrand the state, I assume he didn’t mean to have us known as the state of the #Motorcyclevagina.  This fascinating hashtag was born of a bill that was originally written to improve motorcycle safety — but with added legislation […]

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Dear Mandy, Thank you for your comments. | An Open Letter to an NRA Defender

March 28, 2013


Dear Mandy, I want to thank you for taking the time to read my essay exit wound and leave your comments.  It looks like you put a lot of time and effort into it and I’m very glad to respond but there is quite a bit to unpack.  I’ll do my best.  Here’s what you said: […]

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Writing for Peace |

March 26, 2013


If you’re not familiar with Writing for Peace, please take a moment and peruse the website of this wonderful organization.  They are a group of extremely talented writers, From their website: Writing for Peace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating empathy through education and creative writing in order to develop a foundation of compassion on which […]

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exit wound

March 18, 2013


exit wound: Forensic pathology:  The “goodbye” lesion that a bullet or other projectile causes when leaving the body;  EWs are often larger than the entrance wound, due to tumbling and deformation of the bullet. From The Medical Dictionary Growing up in the south, everyone’s father had a gun — weapons were always around but generally took […]

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Their Names

March 12, 2013


Do not forget where we started, or why — It is important that you remember, and check your stamina.  It’s a long fight ahead. And their names are important for us to remember. Children (8 boys and 12 girls) Charlotte Bacon, 6 Daniel Barden, 7 Olivia Engel, 6 Josephine Gay, 7 Ana Marquez-Greene, 6 Dylan Hockley, […]

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The Academy Awards and The Lowest Common Denominator

February 25, 2013


From the opening, you should have seen it coming. “Over a billion people will be watching this event worldwide.”  Seth McFarlane delivers this line while licking his chops. Now, let me preface this by saying that I’m not sure why he believed a billion would be watching.  Here’s the last ten years’ ratings, according to […]

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The NRA Enemies List

February 1, 2013


Well.  I’m going to keep my talking to a minimum and just publish the list as it stands.  (I might make a few calls to say thank you.)  Make your own inferences.  Draw your own conclusions.  By all means, comment.  Here goes: Late last year, the NRA published, on its website, a list of enemies […]

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We Are Better Than This

January 14, 2013


(A mother of a rant) At some point in the early mornings, A. usually crawls into my bed in the still-dark-out, wanting to snuggle.  This morning is no exception, and he cuddles up next to me.  We drift for a while like this, on a quiet raft of early morning. I am lying there with […]

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