We hear stories of people in far away places or in times long ago, people who were taken from their homes. Kidnapped, these stolen victims are forced into service, into manual labor or the sex trade. We hear the stories, but it often feels so distant, so removed from o...

(reposted with permission by the author from Psychology Today

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 “The queerness doesn’t matter so long as they’re friends,” was the answer.  - The Road to Oz (1909)

Although these words were published 110 years ago and...

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Remember This Holiday Season; the Word Wellness Begins with We.

“Rats, nobody sent me a Christmas card today. I almost wish there wasn’t a holiday season. I know nobody likes me. Why do we have to have a holiday season to emphasize it?”

Charlie Brown is not the only one...

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