Playing with words to play with lives

Words come with baggage; some more than others; “sinful” more than most; and “illegal” is fast catching up, at least in its application to asylum seekers in Australia.

This, anyway, is where my thoughts wandered as I watched “Philomena” at the cinema recently.

There’s a scene near the end of the movie in which the venomous shipwreck of a nun, Sister Hildegarde, tells Philomena (Judi Dench) that she deserved everything she got – her son sold for adoption, years of servitude in a Magdalene laundry, fruitless search over decades, and being kept in ignorance of his death and burial in the convent grounds….

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#Church, #Death, #Group, #Groupassinful, #Label, #Magdalene, #MentalHealth, #Poverty


Miscommunication And You

You could be in trouble; big time. And it gets worse. You may or may not be able to salvage your reputation and the relationships you’re so desperately trying to forge! How could this possibly have happened?

Unfortunately I see and hear this happening all too often. What am I even talking about? I’m talking about times when people open their mouth and say something with little real thought, and their words reveal their true nature. They may at the time feel they are speaking with someone who entirely agrees with their own point of view, but in reality, their viewpoint isn’t shared. If that view is so different that it crosses a line and becomes an offensive remark  so far removed from the second person’s value system, a wedge appears in the relationship than may never be repaired. …

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#Communication, #InterpersonalSkills, #Miscommunication

One Way To View Your Career

Okay, so let’s say you are just starting out on your brand new shiny career. Perhaps you are still in high school, wondering and worrying about making life-long career decisions, feeling pressure to choose a University or College, then a program of study because with no direction, you feel you’re doo ……

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#CareerPlanning, #Jobs, #WorkLife

For Sale: Two Ray Rice Jerseys

I’m putting up to bid two Ray Rice jerseys.  One is an authentic on-field jersey (XXL) and the other is a toddler’s, size 2T.  The first one cost me $250 (and some justifying to my wife), and the second one was an impromptu purchase in the mall for $25 – I just had to get my little boy one to match his d ……

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#Abuse, #RayRice, #Violence

“The Personal is Political”: Staying in a Pro-Equality State

I grew up a Hoosier. Summer evenings I’d feast on grilled local corn-on-the-cob, only to be outdone by an Elephant Ear at the State Fair for dessert. We claimed Benjamin Harrison, Larry Byrd, and Michael Jackson like they were our next door neighbors. When I returned to my hometown to bury my mother, my ……

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#Chicago, #LGBTQ, #MarriageEquality

Economic Independence Key to Survivors

Economic Independence Key to Survivors, Argues
TO THE MARKET | Survivor-made Goods

By Stephen P. Wong

Victims of abuse, neglect, and mistreatment often face myriad challenges on the road to recovery. In few dynamics is this seen more vividly than when victims lack financial resources ……

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#Economic, #Research, #SelfSufficiency, #Social