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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and the mother of a son who suffered abuse (by the hand of someone no longer in our lives), I know first hand how very important it is to spread/share Awareness, Resources, Information, and Support for Child Abuse (Prevention).

Long story, short; What happened to me was never addressed (until my early-mid twenties). No one ever reached out. I never got help, even once mental health treatment had began. It has only been the last 6 years or so that my mental health providers realized (even though I had already been diagnosed with PTSD), the abuse I suffered was as much a part of my struggle as living with my existing buddies, Bipolar 1 Disorder and Anxiety Disorder(s).  Fast forward to the last year and, I finally found a therapist that listened to everything I was saying, and explaining. Since, we have realized some of my symptoms previously blamed on Bipolar 1 Disorder, are actually symptoms of PTSD, and more importantly, Dissociative Disorder…

Ponderings...

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I have a lot of thoughts that I have been writing down with full intention of writing a post about each, but believe all of my pondering's shall be shared here today - kill all birds with one stone... I never did like that phrase, why do birds need to die? Let us use, "One Fell Swoop" or "Fill Two Needs With One Deed".
So, here we go.
Why are people against abortion but are ok with messing with nature by making a body that was not meant to make babies make babies..? And why are people against abortion but (most are) not willing to adopt all of the babies that would be the result of reversing Roe V Wade? And why don't people who can not make babies adopt rather than making their bodies conceive by unnatural means?
Who decides when it is an Indian Summer and when Fall is truly here per the weather?
Why do people ask to not be judged when they judge?
Why do I like snakes but no spiders?
Why do we repeat the same mistakes?

When a cow laughs does milk come out …

Power Through The Week

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I am back! And am in desperate need of rest, or energy, or both.
Whether back-2-school or just need a boost take a peek at the following articles:

4 AFTER-SCHOOL POWER SNACKS "That’s a wrap on another beautiful, bountiful summer. We had swim dates with neighbor friends, oohed and ahhed over our growing garden, played ball on the green at the university’s student union, took long neighborhood walks, made countless healthy, homemade snacks, and most of all, enjoyed the simplicity of days free from schedules." Read More
WHAT SHOULD STUDENT ATHLETES BE EATING (AND DRINKING)? (Adults too) "What Should Student Athletes Be Eating (and Drinking)? Student athletes are busy people. Between classes, homework, socializing, and extracurricular activities, it’s easy for eating well to fall through the cracks. But good nutrition is even more important to athletes than it is to the average Joe. Getting the right kind of fuel is crucial for sustaining energy, building muscle, and achievin…

We all need giggles

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Do you giggle when reading all those silly meme's out there? I sure do!I'm just going to leave these here:
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#MeToo

I think every woman has been harassed, and more than once.
While I don't condone harassment, I also don't condone excuses for not coming forward when the incident that made you feel so terrible occured.
Fingers are being pointed on national television, and men are now guilty before proven otherwise - which viable proof is damn near impossible to come by - the issue becomes victims word vs harasser, and it seems we have gone from one extreme to another - no accountability, to extreme shaming & ineffective accountability (whether guilty or not). This behavior is as abhorrent as those that disrespect women.A few questions:
• Why are women singling out & accusing a certain type of man - public figures.
Why are women not calling out every man that has harassed or assaulted in their lifetime?
• Why have no men come forward to expose female predators? Daft to deny there are females committing the same disgusting acts and behaviors.
Since when is harassment a cause for ruin…

The 3 R's : Simple Changes

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” ~ Albert Einstein

Have you wondered what you can do to help the environment - the earth & all life on it..?
I like to discuss the 3 R's; Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
Take a minute to look at what you use, especially what you dispose of most - this includes things like shampoo, detergents, sodas, and plastic bags.
We are going to work backwards as I believe (for most) it is easier to start with, Recycle
“When you put the whole picture together, recycling is the right thing to do.”– Pam Shoemaker, Author
If you have recycling in your area this something simple you can do to help out.
Find out what recyclables are taken at your local recycling center(s) - some even take compost materials!
Try to wash out/off recyclables, remove labels, and try not to put items that will just be tossed by the recycling center.
Where we live there is pick up and drop off. See what is offered in your area.
Also, many…

Life

Life since my last post back in August...
Nothing has really changed.
Every day remains a challenge for me (between my varying, lifelong & chronic, health problems), and with my teen son whom is struggling at home and at school due to having Inattentive ADHD (and Dyslexia), it is a daily test for both of us.
My hope for this post is that we can help each other by sharing our experiences, and what has worked for each of us, and/or our loved one(s); In this case I want to address ADHD & ADD.

The combined results of several people working together is often much more effective than could be that of an individual scientist working alone.~ John Bardeen
If you or a loved one have ADHD or ADD, what has worked for in regards to: - staying on task - completing daily tasks, like brushing teeth, or taking vitamins - academic career (distractions, focus, self advocacy), or a life career - therapy  - vitamins, supplements, or medications - disorganization  - interpersonal relationships - &qu…

What the #Hashtag?!?

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It confuses & annoys me, and it is my internet enemy. What am I talking about?

Are you as confused/lost when it comes to Hashtags as I am? From what I hear, we are not alone.  Question I have: • Why do the rules change so often? One day it's, "Use 20-30 Hashtags for the most response," the next day it's, "Do not use more than 2-3 tags as you will have less engagement." ..I'm done pulling my hair out trying to understand.  Meh, What The #Hashtag?!? Since this marketing tool (more like, make me a marketing fool) began I have tried to keep up - though admittedly, I haven't put that much time in. I have too much other crap going on to spend hours learning about an ever changing, and not guaranteed effective, (social media) marketing tool. What compromise have I found? I cheat via the information those who do/did have the time to research the evolving social media platform share, and those who share enough info and description that the social media illiterate…