Warning Signs

Originally posted to operation_stormwatch@yahoogroups.com on 12/25/2003.

The world is not a safe place. That’s a given. Guns, violence, robbery, murder… these are the things we live with each day. It is part of our reality, and we must cope with it as best we can. So we develop strategies, rules of thumb that keep us safe. Many of them we don’t even think about anymore. Don’t walk down a dark alley alone late at night in a bad neighborhood. Don’t take candy from strangers. Don’t trust anyone who reminds you of your cousin Larry the used car salesman. Simplistic rules… but they keep us safe.

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Organizational Des’tai

Originally published on March 18, 2004 on http://wanderingpaths.bravepages.com

“They Were Elves Once”
– Saruman, in Lord of the Rings

“I want to help.”

“I want to contribute something to the community.”

“I want to give back to the community.”

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Abusive Situations

Originally published on September 26, 2003 on http://wanderingpaths.bravepages.com/

Abuse. It is a powerful word, which evokes an immediate reaction when it is used. It carries with it images of battered women, molested children, people who have forever been scarred by the things which were done to them. Few people would acknowledge it as a word which is unfamiliar to them. But do people really understand the full extent of what abusive situations entail? For the purposes of this article, an abusive situation is defined rather simply as any situation which is destructive to one or more of the people affected by it. This destructiveness can take place on many different levels, ranging from something as concrete as physical harm, to something as subjective as emotional harm, or even to such things as mental or financial harm.
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