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A Liberal Gun Owner?!

I'm that rare breed of animal. I'm a hardcore liberal that owns guns. In a perfect world, this would allow me to navigate both sides, uniting them harmoniously to discuss their differences and solve the gun violence problem together. Of course it's NOT a perfect world, so in reality I'm probably just pissing off everyone equally. But give me a chance and see if we can find some common ground! To address my liberal brethren first, I'll share why I carry a gun. I've spent well over two decades working in one form or another in the field of violence against women, and it's left me with a solid understanding of the horrors that people are willing to perpetrate upon one another. Even right

Book Review: "Why Kids Kill; Inside the Minds of School Shooters"

I just finished reading this book, and I was inspired to share it with you. Originally published in 2009, it's obviously still relevant today. "Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters" was written by Peter Langman, a psychologist with over twenty years experience treating at-risk youth. He is also the clinical director of KidsPeace, an organization that helps adolescents in crisis. You can learn more about them at www.kidspeace.org. The book examines ten perpetrators of rampage school shootings. This does not include targeted gun violence that is related to gangs or drug deals or boyfriend/girlfriend issues; it also does not involve two people who were involved in a fight tha

Let's Be Badass!

I love the word "badass", especially in relation to women! It conjures up images of strong, independent, take-no-prisoners gals. Between you and me, I so badly want to be Milla Jovovich in the Resident Evil movies! But considering both my strong love of a good meal and my overall general clumsiness, that's probably not going to happen. I suppose the constant zombie menace would get old anyway.... But even without having to fight zombies, we can still be badass chicks! Step number one is to make the decision - right here, right now - that you are going to love yourself just as you are. That doesn't mean you quit setting goals, quit striving to improve yourself, quit learning new things.

The Danger in "Stranger Danger"

I have an embarrassing confession to make. When my kids were little, I taught them "stranger danger". It's quick. It's simple. It's easy to remember. It RHYMES, for heaven's sake! It's adorable! The problem, of course, is that it really doesn't do squat in the way of keeping kids safe. There is, in fact, a whole lot wrong with "stranger danger". Don't get me wrong; it's important that kids understand they shouldn't hop into the windowless white van with that creepy guy who says he's got free candy in there. (If he says there's puppies in there, I may consider getting in the van...I really like animals...) We certainly need to have those conversations with our children. The biggest

Fitness and Self-Defense

I talk to a lot of women every day, and one of the most common reasons I hear for not taking a self-defense class is, "Oh, I'm in such terrible shape!" So...do you have to be in great shape to defend yourself from an attacker? Is being super-skinny and ultra-toned a requirement to be a badass babe? God, I hope not! As I look through self-defense sites online, I see tons of photos of women in skimpy sports bras with the most incredibly ripped abs you could ever dream of. To those women, I say, "Good for you! That is totally rocking!" Those women clearly worked hard and put in a lot of effort, and they should be proud of themselves! But I'm going to let you in on a secret. I don't look

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