Even when abuse doesn’t leave a bruise, it still leaves a mark

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image As many of you know, I’m a firm believer in the power and importance of humor in our lives. I think of what I do as a columnist as more than just trying to get a laugh or two; it’s contributing what I can to others in the best way I know how. Let’s face it: If my contribution was something like medicine instead of humor, a lot of people would die. But from time to time I get the privilege of sharing a more serious side of myself. Today, I’m joining other men in my community who have been asked by to write about Domestic Violence Awareness as part of a special publication by our local shelter for victims of abuse. I join our police chief, chamber of commerce director and others in supporting victims — in my case, particularly those who are too young to understand that love…

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week 40 \ 2015

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Although October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, it’s crucial for us to continuously be a voice for children and for those who are too afraid, embarrassed or broken to ask for refuge + take a stand against their tormentors.

Having close personal relationships with women who have been physically, emotionally, mentally and verbally abused, I know there is no amount of support or love you can give a hollowed shell, that they need to heal from within to find peace, but that won’t stop me from speaking out on it. My solace is knowing that some toxic situations, fortunately, end with a silent victory; the victim escapes with her life, and, even if she’s in a thousand pieces, she can rebuild. What doesn’t kill you can certainly make you stronger!

Girl, you were born with a fire inside you, and this world is determined to stamp it out.

You…

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The 10 Most Underrated Responsibilities

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If you take responsibility for yourself
you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.
– Les Brown

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Kendall F. Person

In general terms, they may not appear on Time Magazine’s’ Most Influential list, but they have sent  a representative, at some time or another. As a group, there is no single voice that sings louder, its the collective song that is heard. In their roles, they are honored, but they also take the brunt of the storm. In the mirror, it is their hopes and dreams they see, but in their eyes,  it is the hopes and dreams of  many, we see. A burden each carries, that stretches beyond their reach, tis true. And while some may fall or break or crack or spin out of control, you know, collectively they possess the will and the fortitude to carry on, even when there is no one watching, believe.

The Ten Most Underrated…

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