Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thought of the Day, November 16, 2016: Erica Jong on Cynicism

"Many people today believe that cynicism requires courage. Actually, cynicism is the height of cowardice. It is innocence and open-heartedness that requires the true courage, however often we are hurt as a result of it."
—Erica Jong

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Witnessing Domestic Abuse in Everyday Life

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In his proclamation President Barack Obama said it was a time to “shine a light on this violation of the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse.”

It is important to “shed a light “ on domestic abuse because it is a complicated issue made even more complicated by myths and misconceptions.

For example, some people think that domestic abuse is mostly something that happens in private, or that it always involves physical violence. On the contrary, domestic abuse can and does occur in public and often doesn’t involve violence.

I know this first-hand. For several years in the '90s I worked in retail at a local shopping mall. While there, I saw a surprising number of acts of domestic abuse. Two examples particularly stuck with me.