What Gratitude Means To Us On #Givingtuesday (And All Year ‘Round)

“Expressing gratitude” is a term you hear a lot around the holidays, along with other phrases like “winter wonderland,” “holiday sales” and “maybe just one more piece of pie.” Of course, when you depend on the generosity of others to perform your work, gratitude becomes more than just an annual event. It’s something we experience […]

A Plea To Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court Justices: Treat Pregnant, Drug-Addicted Moms With Compassion

One evening during the blizzard of 1993, my biological mother surrendered me to the life-long care of my maternal grandmother. I was five-years old. She packed a bag, bundled me in layers, and walked me out the front door — instructing me to wait until someone came to pick me up. As an adult, I […]

When It Comes To Child Sexual Abuse, We are Out of Forgiveness, Patience & Time

Although the grand jury report’s findings have been speculated upon for months, the details it reveals of systemic and widespread sexual abuse of children by priests – and the cover-up of that abuse – in six dioceses in Pennsylvania are shocking and deeply offensive. Childhood should be a time of innocence. Those who perpetrated these […]

Full Stop: Children Cannot Consent To Sex With An Adult. Ever.

I have long heard that as people age, the shock factor decreases and very little about human behavior is surprising. That was not my experience as I heard Milo Yiannopoulos’ comments seemingly advocating for sex between young teens and adults. I mean seriously, what the hell is this man thinking? I am uncertain if he […]

A Champion For Children

It seems like a lifetime ago, and in many respects it was.  I was a tender, 25-year-old administrator of a crisis nursery in York County. On so many levels, I was in over my head. I knew little about county government, much less state or federal.  Truth be known, I am not sure I had […]

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