Archives for November, 2011

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Bullying in Step-Families – Some Thoughts And Observations

Hello, readers.  Looks like bullying is making news more and more the last few years.  In many cases, the news is bad - suicide, reports of relentless taunting, and more.  The only possible upside to this is improved awareness of the issue.  More to come on this.  For now, I have a previous issue to revisit.

A few months ago, one of my readers asked about bullying in step-families.  I attempted to search the internet about news articles, blogs, or just something about the issue to help me out.  For whatever reason, perhaps just not enough different search attempts, I didn't come up with much at the time.  I was frustrated, but I knew I needed to come back to it with a fresh mind and try again.

I did just that a few minutes ago.  Wow - I must have hit the right keywords because I found some pretty interesting search results.
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Thanksgiving 2011 – What Does Yours Look Like?


Since this is a blog about Family and Mental Health, I'd like to create a Thanksgiving post to suit many different people this year.

First, many of you are going to be joining other family or friends this year.  Hopefully, you'll have at least a few hours to spend with the ones you love.  I know I'm thankful for having the opportunity to create memories with my in-laws last week and my side of the family Thanksgiving Day and Friday.  I'm thankful so many people I know are in good health.  I'm thankful that we've had another year with many people I love.  Please share below what you're thankful for.

Second, some of you are going to be missing someone this year at the Thanksgiving table.
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Penn State Sexual Abuse Scandal – Where Do You Start?

I've been having trouble figuring out what to say about this whole Penn State sexual abuse scandal, so I just haven't written anything at all until now.  I suppose the weight of it all has been so huge - where do you start?  How do you possibly summarize something so massive, so shocking, something that hits us all at the core of our humanity?  And it just keeps unfolding and getting more horrible.
Well, I decided this post doesn't have to do all that.  I actually have a lot to say, and it's just all been hanging in suspension since the beginning of it all.  You may hear trickles of this for a while, and no doubt, this will be in the news for some time to come.

It's also a little close to home because the other football team on the field last Saturday was my alma mater.  I'm glad the teams and coaches were at midfield for a few moments with Coach Brown.  Just having the reflection, the time, and the focus on something so somber and "real life" - it was a much needed pause in such a crazy week.
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