sex abuse Posts

Cussing on the Way to Church



It was there, while crossing the bridge that connect this part of Oregon with the southern part of Washington, that I glanced over at a boat cutting through the silver waters of the Columbia River. Maybe it was the stillness of the water. Or maybe it was the way the fading light cast out over the river. Just that brief glimpse from the steel archway joining the border of one land to another gave me pause.

So lovely is this world of ours.

I think about its beauty all the time and how one of God’s least talked about characteristics is beauty.

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To Wish Donald Trump Success




To wish Donald Trump success is to teach boys and girls the world over that bullying is perfectly acceptable behavior. So, go, be a bully. Bullies are winners.

To wish Donald Trump success is to teach boys and girls the world over that the color of your skin matters. Whites are the far superior race. Go and be white. Or loathe yourselves.

To wish Donald Trump success is to teach boys the world over that is okay to grab girls in their privates anytime you like because that’s just boys being boys. It’s not sexual assault. So make a reach for that girl’s breasts in the classroom. Pinch her pussy as she walks down the hallway. Slap her ass as she carries her lunch tray. Like Trump says, you have that right. Girls will let you do whatever you want as long as you act like you have that right. So go into the world and be a grabber.

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My Prayers for 2017


praying woman

I have this painting that a friend made me. It is a colorful painting with a big yellow sun in it and the phrase “FIND YOUR HAPPY” in big bold letters.


Many a theologian has warned us that if we go in search of happiness we will surely be disappointed. They often quote from the Scriptures: “Seek you first the kingdom of God and  his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”

The Message version of this verse sums it up this way: “Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”

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Teacher Investigation



The local headlines around here are filled with the news of a high school coach under investigation for having sex with a student.

Sigh. Sadly, that’s not really news anymore is it?

Dr. Troy Hutchings, one of the country’s leading researchers on the abuse of students by teachers, says that the problem is even more prevalent because of the digital age. (We didn’t really need a researcher to tell us that, did we?)

The Washington Post reports that in 2014 alone, there were 781 reported cases of teachers and other school employees accused or convicted of sexual relationships with students.

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The Trickle Down Affect of Porn

ChildrenI was moving through a crowded hallway at the local middle school when an itty-bitty girl stopped me. I had to lean in to hear her as she came to just above my waist. A petite sixth-grader who could have passed for a fourth-grader.

She had been in one of the classes I spoke to earlier. I was there talking about the writer’s life. Career Day, you see. Come tell our students what you do.

So I did. Took in copies of all my books, read from a couple of them, talked about the tools a writer needs: listen, pay attention, read, read, read.

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