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Elder Abuse: How To Stop It

Caring For An Aging Parent Truthfully, taking care of an aging parent is very difficult to do with constant grace and kindness. There are so many things you never would have thought you would have to do for your parent: helping them bathe waiting on them hand and foot asserting your will for them over their will for themselves, and sometimes dealing with verbal abuse that comes from a place of fear, confusion, pain, or mental illness. It can be extremely challenging to keep up a positive relationship with a

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Farewell And Hello New Beginnings

Friends and Readers After contributing to Claudette’s website for almost a year, I have just submitted to her my last article. It is a bittersweet thing, as most things seem to be when we say farewell. On the one hand, I will miss the incredibly eager and supportive group of readers that have embraced me and my musings here. I have loved reading your opinion and advice, receiving your praise as well as contemplating your different opinions. I have never come across a community of readers that is so intent

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7 Sins, 7 Virtues: Relevant Or Not?

Yes, No? In the 1995 crime drama, Se7en, directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Spacey, two detectives hunt a serial killer who commits murders based on the seven deadly sins—pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth. As the movie evolves, the detectives find themselves becoming part of the plan, playing into the serial killer’s design in a way that both eludes and disturbs them. And as Brad Pitt’s character—David Mills— with all his virtues comes face-to-face with killer “John Doe,” Doe justifies his

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Mental Illness Is Not Taken Seriously

Nobody Talks About It Among other recent college grads, I often hear jokes about the relevance of those pesky ‘Gen Eds.’ “I’m sure glad I know about trigonometry this tax season,” they say. “It’s a good thing I can map constellations, I just wish I knew how to change a flat tire.” Though I am so grateful for the knowledge I gained from my education, I can agree that there are times I wish I had learned things that have more practical applications. One of the biggest areas for improvement

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The Attack On Breastfeeding

Are We Going Backwards Or What? In 1977, Sesame Street, a children’s show that is still popular today, featured a segment in which guest star Buffy Sainte-Marie nursed her son and had a conversation about it with one of the show’s characters. According to her, breastfeeding is a way many mothers—not all, but many—feed their babies. She explained the process in a way that was geared for the understanding of children. When she was done, the character Big Bird responded, “That’s nice.” You can watch the video here: Only Children

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Living This New Year According To Me

Oh, The Plans We Make… This time last year, I had just graduated with two Bachelor’s degrees and I was preparing to enter graduate school in pursuit of my Master’s. Until my very last semester in college, I had planned on getting my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. But then I visited some programs, did more research, and after shopping around, worried that it was not for me. Instead, after years of much bullying—er, encouragement—from respected professors, I decided to accept an assistant teaching position with the English department

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Depression And Emptiness: My Story

Living With Depression I am very open about having depression. I have spoken in seminars, written papers and poems, shared my struggles with others, but I tend to only divulge when invited to. Because despite the fact that I have come to accept this depression as part of me, other people, even those closest to me, do not and will not understand. I do not like being depressed. Obviously.  If I could choose not to be, I would. But, seeing as it is not going away anytime soon, my only

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Food Banks: Help Up Or Handout?

Necessary Evil For some (perhaps more than any of us realizes), relying on food banks to provide food, or supplement what is provided by a dwindling income, is a necessary evil. I say evil because of the stigma that surrounds those who require these services. Though most of us would say we have nothing but sympathy and support for those who have fallen on hard times, the general message is still that there is no small amount of shame that surrounds asking for charity. Because they are completely reliant on