Celebrating International Women’s Day

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Many women have made huge strides in achieving gender equality and overcoming barriers when it comes to violence against women.

Today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day, a global holiday celebrated annually to commemorate the achievements of women all over the world.

As part of this important day, we celebrate and focus on the achievements of women, past and present, who have made an impact on violence against women. Domestic violence is a very gendered health issue. On a global scale, about ...

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Youth Matter

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“Will I be drafted?” This is the question that is ringing in the ears of parents with children of military draft age as Russia continues its war to occupy Ukraine.  Our young adults are feeling unsure about what this foreign aggression means for them.  This can add to feelings of anxiety already felt by our youth as they navigate political vitriol, hate speech, global warming, social media messaging and the traditional challenges of growing from children to adults.

So, what can ...

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Celebrating Milestones

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Already this morning, I’ve been to the pool with my bestie and retread my lips solving all of life’s problems; I’m a solid cup of coffee into my morning and feeling fantastic!  Over the weekend we moved our two adult children into an apartment in Indianapolis and our youngest is now basking in the glow of being “the only child.”  The youngest has already made a plan to take over her brother’s room and turn her own room into a ...

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29,000 Days

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I’ve been doing some thinking.  Always erring on the positive and doing “Lisa Math”, let’s assume we each live for 29,000 days.  That’s 80 years.  Pretty good long life and 29,000 days seems like a lot, right?  To put in perspective how short this timeframe is, the earth has been around for approximately 4.5 billion years.  Oh, and did you know your chance of being born and reading this right now was 1 in 400 trillion?  So, those 29,000 days ...

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Inspirational Women Change Lives

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Women’s history month is March. It is a time to celebrate great women and their contributions to our society and culture.  I would like to share with you about two women who were directly responsible for my career in social work.

I have always said Judi Flannery blazed the trail for me 27 years ago when I took over as director of what was then Women’s Services and is now called Hands of Hope. I remember the first time I met Judi ...

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King and Kennedy 1968

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In late March 1968, Martin Luther King was in Memphis, TN. He was leading a campaign of local sanitation workers for better wages and working conditions. On the 28th, the march led by King had devolved into violence. The strike was languishing due to a climate of intense racism. King and fellow organizers were hoping to provide a much-needed boost to the cause and reaffirm his nonviolent commitment. King commented  that “the nation is sick, trouble is in the land.” ...

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Light up the Holidays

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Our Christmas gift to the community is ready to be unwrapped. The day after Thanksgiving as is tradition, our home in Marion was illuminated. While the pandemic has stolen many things from us this past year, the Griswold Lighting Tradition is not one of them.

Each evening between now and New Year’s Day, our house will be brightly and festively lit with music accompanying the dancing lights.

And to be perfectly clear and transparent, my sole role in this holiday tradition is ...

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I Hear You. I Believe You

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I Hear You. I Believe You – is the theme for this year’s Hands of Hope Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign.

Frankly, those simple words can make a difference in a victim’s life.

That was Susan’s experience.

Susan lived in an abusive relationship with her husband. She often had curfews, and had extreme consequences if they were missed. She wasn’t allowed to even make eye contact with other men without him accusing her of cheating on him.  He always complained about how she was just ...

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Present vs Presents

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I absolutely LOVE giving presents.  I love the whole experience of making someone’s dream come true by finding just the right thing. The thing that makes them light up more brightly than the bedazzled tree itself.  One of my top two love languages is gifts and this makes the holiday season particularly exciting for me.

BUT…here’s the thing I’ve learned.  While presents are fun for everyone, they will never replace being truly present.  And when I look back in time over ...

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Life in the School Drop Off Lane

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This morning I took the girls to school like most days.  I drop them off at a local elementary so they can catch the bus to their respective schools.  I love to watch the chaos that is school drop off in the morning.  One lady yelled at me as she was avoiding responsibility for being in the wrong lane for drop off—somehow this was my fault.  I bestowed good wishes upon her as she was clearly feeling stressed today.  Another ...

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