For the Love of a Tea Party :: Thistle Farms Changes Lives

There was a party in Nashville, Tennessee, this week and I really wanted to be there. I would have brought the tea cups. Let me explain. A few years ago, on a trip to see my sons in Nashville, Tennessee, I ran across a quaint little café on the northwest side of the city. Thistle Stop Cafe sits …

Sexual Misconduct Isn’t Just for Politicians

It’s always an awkward conversation. After we’ve played some games, talked about what they want in a dating relationship, done a bit of role-playing, we get down to the nitty gritty. Sexual assault. Violence. Rape. Some of the students avert their eyes. Others giggle nervously. A few show concern, even ask questions. I talk to high …

Love Does Not Dishonor :: 31 Days of Selah

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I am sharing this post (first written in February) on the web site for our local domestic violence agency, Elijah Haven. This agency assists victims of domestic violence by providing safety, counseling, guidance and other types of assistance. The graphic above is a drawing made by a little girl who came …

When the Innocent Suffer; Stop the Heartache

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The issue of violence in the home deserves more than 31 days of concentrated attention. It’s a sad fact that domestic violence affects one in four women in the United States every day. The recent headlines citing sports figures accused of abusive behavior have turned the spotlight on domestic …

Tell Them Your Story

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.  These past several weeks, I have posted facts about violence in dating relationships among teens, signs that your dating relationship may not be healthy and how to set boundaries in relationships. Teens who find themselves in violent dating relationships are in danger of continuing the pattern as adults.  …

Tell Them They Deserve Better

Her brown eyes pooled with tears and her lower lip quivered as she timidly approached. “My dad has been abusing me since I was little. I can’t remember a time when he wasn’t hurting me.” This brave teenager’s bold admission caught me off guard. After three days of talking with local high school students about …