Smiling black Pug saying, "Choose to be happy! If you're not happy, there is something wrong with you. Whiner."

You Do Not Have To Be Happy

I love the happy people in my life. They radiate like the noon sun, dazzling over a calm ocean. Oh wait, that’s not an ocean, it’s an oil slick, and it’s ready to poison us all. I kid, I kid…sort of. But seriously, isn’t the pressure to be happy just sickening sometimes? Hey, I love…

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So you want to join a Board (or: Fiduciary Responsibility)

One of the most generous ways to give to a nonprofit is to serve on its Board of Directors. As a Board member, you provide essential leadership and oversight of the organization. At the right organization, your skills and expertise couldn’t be put to better use. While Boards can take different forms, most ask for…

Project Intersect's first issue, Clarion Call, cover

What are the intersections of violence?

You know how I answer that question, and now it’s your turn! For our second issue, Project Intersect wants to hear from you regarding the intersections of violence. What does that mean? How do we define violence? How do we expand our notions of violence to include humans, animals, and the environment? That’s for you to explore…

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The Movement to End Domestic Violence: Ugly Truths

In 2005, a young colleague and I set out to write about the “Battered Women’s Movement” as we experienced it in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region. While we no longer use such language, in looking back and re-reading this never-finished analysis (we kept on keeping on), I find it so very interesting and relevant ten…