Women’s Issues + Awareness

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Dinner with Donald Trump

It was a chilly evening in NYC. My husband and I were invited to have dinner with my then”new agent” (one of many, indeed the...

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Screwdriver *trigger warning*

Her glass is slick with condensation or sweat. It’s not hot in here. Why am I sweating? The contents of the short cup are a muted orange....

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Camera Cracks

She wants to turn on the camera. Needs to turn on the camera. Must not turn on the camera. But feels compelled to hide behind her mask of...

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Of Flowers and Thorns

My friend is like a hummingbird, flapping her wings eighty times per second. Her voice goes up an octave when she talks about him and her...

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An Open Letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez: Changing the Culture of Sexual Violence

Dear Secretary Perez, More than 27 million women shared their experiences of sexual assault, tweeting in the wake of Donald Trump’s...

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Being Jennifer Levin’s Mother

I grew up in the same building that Jennifer Levin’s mother lived in. Do you remember Jennifer Levin? She was the 18-year-old girl who...

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Conscious Capitalism: This is Rape Culture

Vice President Joe Biden, champion of the It’s On Us campaign, said last week about those who commit sexual assault, “We’ve got...

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The Voice Within

When I can listen to the voice inside of me, I will be free. I have allowed myself to become shackled by the expectations of others. I have...

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Are PTSD Survivors Weak? Here is What My Mom Thinks

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is anything but a weakness. It is our strength. It means that we kept going. About six of every ten adults...

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The Apology I never thought I would receive from the Kindergarten Bully

It was kindergarten. I was in my colorful floral dress that flowed over my bright magenta leggings. I wore white socks that had lace on the...

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Where Did All My Money Go?

This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series: What's Buzzing with Bea Well, you work all these years and now are able to enjoy the fruits of...

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Bumper Sticker Philosophies: America’s Automobile Dialogue

“Come on, seriously! No one cares about your honor student child!” I shout this out loud to myself every time I’m driving and see one...

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Human Deck

Our deck is the human deck we are dealt, and when we project fantasies and assumptions of transcendent perfection by comparing our lives to...

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Even With Mental Health Services, Sometimes Suicide Prevention is Impossible

Suicide Prevention Day was September 10. That day, my Facebook feed was emblazoned with posts about mental health, about suicide hotlines,...

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Conscious Capitalism, It’s On Us

“Courage is turning toward hard truth, not turning away.” This quote appeared last week on the Facebook page of Brené Brown, popular...

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Little Girl

I understand that you couldn’t prevent it from happening I even understand that you couldn’t fix it. What I don’t...

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“You Look Okay, How Can You Be Sick?”

This entry is part 6 of 5 in the series: But You Don't Look Sick! Life With An Invisible Illness In this day and age of social media:...

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I’ve always been different and I’ll tell you why. I’m not afraid of the truth. I’m not afraid of being honest and...

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Hey, Mom Next Door – I See You

I admit I didn’t really like you when we first met. We had only been in the house a month when you came over with your 12-year-old son,...

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For the Love of the Game: Soccer and Me

One of the earliest memories of my childhood was watching my friends playing soccer in front of Grandma’s house. During these impromptu...

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Israel: In Search of Miracles

I didn’t go to Israel in search of miracles. I wasn’t making a pilgrimage. I didn’t set out to walk in the footsteps of Christ or any...

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The Universe Between Us

Alone, I am a star burning against the night sky. I am lost in a blanket of darkness, a heaving illuminated mass threatening to collapse in...

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Cradles Long Forgotten

Heavy minutes rhyming on her white wall, crying, flailing, slowly falling down like trickles of blood pooling around everybody’s eyes,...

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ELECTION 2016: The 1st Presidential Debate; Her View

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series: Election 2016 “I knew Jack Kennedy; Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re...

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Racism: The Conversation that is No Longer Optional

This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series: What's Buzzing with Bea This past February was Black History Month and a lot of specials and...

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ELECTION 2016: Early Voting and Absentee Ballots

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series: Election 2016 “Every election is determined by the people who show up.”            ...

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