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I told myself I wouldn't neglect this blog. I'd use it for what I'd intended: to open up about all the stuff I wasn't saying out loud. And even if no one listened (or heard or read), it would still be out there somewhere, and not repressed or ignored inside my brain. As is wont to do, RL happened and social media fell by the wayside. Now I'm back and I'm trying to do what I'd set out from the beginning: leave it all on here. It might take me a while to get that hang of it all, but I'll do my very best!

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Would like to credit this super adorable icon to it's most awesome awesome artist creator: kilala10
Having never done this before, I hope I'm doing it right! :D Please let me know if there's a different way of crediting the artist for their work!
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Writer's Block: Hobby Lobby

I know it's strange but I can't help it. I collect pens. I can't help it! I have an endless supply of pens lying around and although I don't use them all, I have alot of them. I try to never taken them from other people cause I refuse to steal to supply my habit (I have to draw the line somewhere) but otherwise I tend to find myself collecting lots and lots of pens. I don't know where this started but I can't help it. I love pens! :D
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Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Originally posted by gabrielleabelleat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

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Writer's Block: Anti-bullying month

If we're being honest, I'd have to say it's been my siblings. I'm ashamed to admit it but as the oldest of a bunch of kids, I was always being put down, degraded, embarassed and ridiculed by my brothers and sisters. I was way to shy and definitely too insecure about myself to say anything in my defense. EVER. My father didn't really approve but it was almost encouraged and definitely ignored whenever it happened. I hated my family with a passion because I could never stand up for myself and the bullying really never stopped until I was no longer living with them. Once I could put a lot of distance between us I learned to appreciate each of their qualities and I learned to love my family for themselves, flaws and all. I still have alot of anger in me, but I try to surround myself with goodness and positivity in my life so I don't have to hate and resent my brothers or my sisters any more. I know that as the oldest I could have stopped them at any time had I simply said anything but I couldn't and didn't. My self worth and my self esteem were virtually non exsistant at the time. With the support of my loving husband, I've learned to move on, to forgive and to accept people as they are, not as I wish they would be. Yes, sometimes I still remember my childhood and the trauma I lived through - we really were raised in a dog-eat-dog world. There was no such thing as loyalty or familial love - but I am doing better. At least, I am most of the time.