The Language of Gender

The Language of Gender

As part of my work, I write about the art of speaking gracefully and whether we should speak up or stay silent when it comes to online bullying. Now I’d like to take the discussion on language further -- to explore how words and phrases have the power to heal or harm when it comes to gender stereotypes.



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Lessons Learned as a Teacher Turned Professional Artist

Lessons Learned as a Teacher Turned Professional Artist

We need to be willing to teach another person, competitor or not, something that we know about and share that knowledge willingly. The more that I have shared with members of my group and creative self-starters that I have met along the way, the more I have learned. We need to become life-long learners who crave information and are willing to educate others once we master a concept.



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Teaching Our Girls to Become Strong Women

Teaching Our Girls to Become Strong Women

I realized that strong women aren’t born. They are made. But when I think of what it takes to have the kind of tenacity and resilience that makes us strong, I think of overcoming failure, heartbreak, and trauma. All of my favorite women of history have their moments where they overcame adversity to find their strength. It’s the classic hero storyline.



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I Grew Up in a Cult

I Grew Up in a Cult

I was raised almost entirely alone for the whole of my childhood. I don’t just mean that as in I was a loner or kept to myself; I was raised on eight acres of land with little to no exposure to the world. Due to the teachings of the cult my mother was a member of, I was never educated. I taught myself to read, and learned all my basic writing skills on the internet. In the time between, I played alone in the woods. Whenever I did attempt to interact with kids my own age (usually by going to the town pool) I was teased mercilessly for my lack of common knowledge



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Bringing Awareness to Thyroid Cancer

Bringing Awareness to Thyroid Cancer

Have you ever tried to drive a car while it was on empty? I imagine it was difficult. Either the car didn't start at all, or it did start but stopped shortly after you started driving. Trying to drive a car with no fuel is very similar to how it feels living with a body that has a thyroid disease or imbalance. The body serves a similar function as a car. It helps take us from one place or activity to the next. Sadly a body with an imbalanced thyroid or no thyroid at all isn't getting the thyroid hormone it needs to regulate your metabolic rate which affects your energy levels, body weight, digestive function, muscle control, and bone maintenance just to name a few.



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