Fukishima: 6 Years of Unanswered Questions

I recently watched a Dateline story about Fukishima and how it's being rebuilt (Coming Home To A Nuclear Wasteland). What struck me is how little people care about the event in the present tense. Despite warnings of ongoing radiation and danger, it's forgotten. Over....

New Technology Gives Me Anxiety

I'm always the first to sign up for beta programs online, but the thought of using a machine to pay for my parking space has me circling downtown ten times just to find an old fashioned meter. Why is the machine so far from the car? What if I break the machine? How...

Why I Feel Empowered After My Miscarriage

On January 9, 2016, I lost a baby when I was 11 weeks pregnant. It was my first miscarriage and something I'd always secretly feared, despite having two healthy daughters; how would I cope with losing a baby during pregnancy? I knew it was happening nearly a week...

6 Scary Reasons I Don’t Share My Kid’s Photos Publicly Online

Our children are our pride and joy and more than anything, we want to let the world know about every funny face and milestone. Sure, there are dangerous people on the Internet, but they're far far away and only want certain types of photos, right? Sadly, many parents...

7 Reasons I don’t like MLMs & Direct Marketing Companies

Last week, yet another friend quit an a direct marketing company. After a year, she'd made $100 but after asking, I found out she'd spent far more than that getting started and got into more than enough fights in the process. Why? I could just chalk it up to the cold...

Awareness Doesn’t Change Much

Awareness is a big buzz word right now. Mental health awareness, domestic violence awareness... there are just so many things that we need to be aware of, help with, Don't get me wrong - awareness is very important and does save lives and help create change in a...

Stop Healing Wrong!

[quote]You need to wait, you have to start NOW, you need time, you need counselling, you need to forgive, you need to meditate, relax, do CBT, do EMDR, heal just like I DID![/quote] More than anything, we all want to feel better, whether it's after a small hurt or...

How Social Anxiety Feels For Me

Tomorrow I'm going to a conference. I remember the last time I went to a conference, a plane trip alone to another state. I booked the wrong flight and missed it so I broke down into tears, almost deciding not to go till my family pushed me, my father driving me two...

Why My Kids Won’t Be Using the Internet Alone Till They’re 15

I'd always joke that I wouldn't let my kids alone on the Internet till they were 15. After the last few year and especially the last few months, that's turned into more than a joke; it's a promise to myself that my children won't be unknowingly putting themselves at...

Fake Identity Online Grooming Alert: Richard Martin

Name: Richard Martin or Earthlover or Ron or Locastro1985 Fake birth date: January 1985 Identifying Features: Strong Scottish accent on the phone Location: Claims to live in Queensland, Australia, UK or Germany Looks: He uses photos of a family member which he...

Why I’m Going Public: Online Grooming & Sexual Abuse

In 2002, when I was 15 years old, I met a boy called Richard on a site called Chatway. Richard told me he was 17 years old and lived in Queensland. We immediately formed a connection and for the next three years, exchanged hundreds of emails and spent hundreds of...

9 Dangerous Myths About Online Grooming & Predators

From 2002 to 2005, I had an online relationship with a man I believed to be two years my senior. In actual fact, he was 35 years older than me. We continued talking even after our 'virtual breakup' and it took me 12 years to discover that the man I got on with so well...

12 Lessons From My Media Publicity About Trauma & Abuse

My Stories [one_half] 2014 - A Living Sacrifice [quote]When I was two years old, my mother severely injured me during a psychotic episode, leaving me with a tracheostomy tube in my throat for 11 years. In 2014, after working with Amanda Gearing for 9 months on the...

Dear person who called me strong, brave or inspirational.

[quote]Dear person who called me strong, brave or inspirational,[/quote] I know you mean well and really have no better words to describe what I've been through (it's ok, neither do I sometimes). Please know, though, that I never know what to say when someone tells me...

Abuse Prevention is Not a Competition | Prevention Equality

Violence and abuse has been in the news a lot lately, which is always a great thing, because it increases awareness. What saddens me is the fact that each abuse prevention minority seems to be in competition with the others. [quote]Being a victim of abuse in a...

I Want to Make 50,000 People Happy

I'm the type of person who enjoys doing things out of the ordinary, just to see the response. Whether it's smiling at a person on the street or announcing that I want to change the world, I enjoy making people disconnect from their stresses and enjoy a moment of...

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