Pink Shirt Day will soon be upon us. On February 25th, we are being encouraged to wear something pink to unite us in working together to prevent bullying in our schools, in our communities, and online. I’m very glad to know that we, as a society, are continuing to take this issue seriously—it affects more people every day than we could ever know.Bullying has likely been around since the beginning of time. It has always been an integral part of the concept of survival of the fittest in the animal … [Read more...] about The Truth about Bullying – And What We Can Do about It
Violence Against Women: Can We Really Be Shocked by Jian Ghomeshi?
Jian Ghomeshi is one charismatic guy.He’s been revered as attractive, popular, successful, a ladies’ man—until now. Now we see that this man, nearly 50 years of age, has been thinking and acting like a spoiled child who totally believes the world revolves around him—and that he is completely entitled to have all of his needs met, sexual and otherwise.Now, he is a man reviled. But I have to wonder why we, as a society, are shocked by his behaviour. Personally, I am more surprised that we are so … [Read more...] about Violence Against Women: Can We Really Be Shocked by Jian Ghomeshi?
12-Year-Olds Stabbing 12-Year-Olds: Are We Paying Attention Yet?
I read about this story early yesterday morning. And I thought about it often throughout the day, just shaking my head. I seem to be doing that a lot lately—and I don’t like it. But I have to admit, it took me a while before sitting down to write about this because I kept thinking to myself, “Should I write another piece that deals with the hideous violence we keep experiencing and hearing about day after day? What difference will it make if I do?” Now, the last thing I want is to … [Read more...] about 12-Year-Olds Stabbing 12-Year-Olds: Are We Paying Attention Yet?
Yet Another Shooting Spree: Will This Madness EVER End?
I saw the news today—oh boy…We are all shocked and outraged by Elliot Rodger’s shooting spree in Isla Vista, California—with 3 legally purchased handguns and over 400 rounds of ammunition. I can understand us being outraged—but shocked? Really??Two reasons we’re hearing so much about this shooting are: 1) the assailant’s father is the assistant director of the Hunger Games movies—unfortunately, a little celebrity seems to go a long way—and 2) the 22-year-old perpetrator was already known to have … [Read more...] about Yet Another Shooting Spree: Will This Madness EVER End?
More Violence—Over a 22-Cent Soda Tax! Whaaat???
This morning I heard about a man who was upset about having to pay a 22-cent tax on his bottle of soda. In a Chicago convenience store, he began to rant and rave about it before pulling a submachine gun out of his satchel. He threatened to kill everyone in the store, also telling a few customers that he was going to shoot each of them several times in the head. The whole incident was caught on the store’s surveillance cameras. Thankfully the police arrived in time to subdue him. Later it was … [Read more...] about More Violence—Over a 22-Cent Soda Tax! Whaaat???