I Am From…A Poem in Honor of Heritage Day

I Am From…A Poem in Honor of Heritage Day

I am from skinny, black cats, From late nights of board games and adventures in Animal Crossing. I am from the pale raised rancher, Tangled up in a wild garden of sweet honeysuckle and poison ivy. I am from the bleeding hearts, the hostas and crumbling stepping stones. I’m from stuffing pillowcases with homemade sugar cookies And family gatherings for crabs with Old Bay From Sharon and David, a sister and two brothers. I’m from…

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Holly Austin Smith Shares Story of Falling Prey to Sex Trafficking

Holly Austin Smith Shares Story of Falling Prey to Sex Trafficking

“Nobody said anything about prostitution. It just hung in the air like a slab of meat.”-Holly Austin Smith, survivor of DMST and Washington Times columnist At the opening of Araminta’s Unchained Conference on Saturday, September 14, 2013, Holly Austin Smith shared the beginning of her story. It’s the story of a young girl in 8th grade, trying to fit in with friends, wishing to be “cooler”, hoping for someone to see her as “special”. “When…

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A Call to Abolish Modern Day Sex Trafficking

A Call to Abolish Modern Day Sex Trafficking

When I was 13, I was settling into middle school, making new friends, crushing on boys and enjoying sleepovers. I was still at that ripe age of innocence before high school drama, relationship hangups and rebellion kicked in. I see now that I was fortunate to have all of these experiences, the good and the bad. Sadly, for some girls, 13 is the average age of entry into “prostitution” in the US.  Only these girls…

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Peace for Syria: Fighting Fire with Water

Peace for Syria: Fighting Fire with Water

Peace is the quite morning breeze, whispering, “Fall is here.” Peace is going a day without arguing with (or nagging) my husband. Peace is found in those many many moments of choosing forgiveness. Peace is what I felt that night I soaked my pillow in tears, then received an answer. Peace is choosing to love and accept, not hate and judge.  Peace, I fear, is not everyone’s goal these days. Peace, I believe, is a…

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