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Following Sexual Assault: Aftermath, Response, Resources

Following Sexual Assault: Aftermath, Response, Resources

Being sexually assaulted can have a long-term, lasting physical and emotional impact. The degree to which someone feels comfortable sharing what happened to them with their loved ones [and supported when they do] can affect healing and recovery in a myriad of ways. One of the best ways to support survivors is to become aware of common physical and emotional responses to traumatic events and where to find advocacy and other resources.

Become a Better Writer Using These Resources

Become a Better Writer Using These Resources

Setting a small amount of time aside to learn and apply that new knowledge can lead to tremendous change over time. Our schedules, like our budgets, are a reflection of our priorities. I set aside an hour or more a day to read, listen, or watch something that I feel will help me become a better writer. Looking back at the year, there are a few resources that really stand out. They were extremely valuable to the progress I've made.

50K Words Later: NaNoWriMo Lessons & Takeaways

50K Words Later: NaNoWriMo Lessons & Takeaways

One cannot survive on writing alone but in November, we try... National Novel Writing Month [NaNoWriMo] asks authors to commit to completing 50K words [the first draft of a novel] in a single month. I wanted to share what helped me get through it, where I plan to do things differently the next go around, and one crucial question that I was left pondering as the month’s end drew near.

Reimagining a Story: What, How, and Why

Reimagining a Story: What, How, and Why

Have you ever read a book and thought, I wonder what would have happened if the main character did (insert action), instead. While the movie credits were rolling, have you thought, "Another great ending would have been..." Some great works, and many lousy ones, resulted from reimagining existing stories. Keep reading to find out what constitutes reimagining a story, when it's allowed, and a few of the ways it's been accomplished.

Bystander Intervention: How It Works and Why It’s Needed

Bystander Intervention: How It Works and Why It’s Needed

At the heart of bystander intervention is the belief that ordinary people can make a difference. We can decide, individually and collectively, to make our communities safer. We can decide to look out for one another, and to do something to avert a crisis if, and when, someone else may be in danger.

Having Different Diets Doesn’t Need to Be a Dealbreaker

Having Different Diets Doesn’t Need to Be a Dealbreaker

While some couples struggle with communication, deciding what to watch on tv, agreeing on a budget, or dividing household chores, for others, the biggest hurdle is learning to navigate their vast differences in culinary habits. Cooking together can be a challenge if you have dietary differences, whether they result from allergies, sensitivities, lifestyle, ethical choices, or personal preferences. Here are four approaches worth exploring.

Victims of Abuse Stay for Five Key Reasons

Victims of Abuse Stay for Five Key Reasons

When domestic violence, dating violence, or intimate partner abuse is brought up, it's not uncommon to hear someone say, "I don't understand... Why not just leave?" There are hundreds of reasons victims of abuse don't, won't, or can't leave. Here are five of the biggest.

Viewing the World through a Sociological Lens

Viewing the World through a Sociological Lens

We're all, to some degree, students of the social world. We've spent a lifetime, consciously and nonconsciously, attempting to uncover meaningful patterns, and extract insights, from our interactions with others. We watch one another, puzzled at times by the behavior we observe. We continuously search for explanations that might reveal other people's underlying motives. To some degree we're hoping that our interpretations might allow us to predict what will happen during future exchanges. In other words, we've all used a sociological lens, from time to time.