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COUNTING BLESSINGS!

Do you ever feel frustrated? You’re working so hard, yet things keep going haywire. The negative attitude takes over your life…
Well, you’re not alone. Lots of MV readers go through these periods, including me.
If you find it hard sometimes, as I do, to keep your spirits up when life hands you one challenge after another, you may want to try some of these ideas:
1. I take the first 12 pages of my journal (I use 3-ring notebooks,) one page for each month, dating each line. This gives me a line a day that can contain ONLY positive things that I experienced that day. I will vent all kinds of garbage & frustration farther back in the journal, on the "real" journal pages…but those first lines that I see when I open the notebook must be filled with progress, happy events, or…if nothing great seems to have happened…then something simple phrased in a positive way. It can be as ordinary as "We had sunshine!" or "My furnace works," or "I fixed a terrific breakfast for myself."
This is my Good News section. Every day holds positive promise. My line-a-day commitment forces me to look back on the past 24 hours to recognize what went right in my life.

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4. If I’m feeling paralyzed, sometimes I force myself to take positive action. I force myself to go for a walk, and smile at three people. I force myself to draw.
Or–this doesn’t take much force for me–I whistle. It’s pretty funny for onlookers, I suppose, to see this 65-year-old woman walking down the street whistling some rocknroll song. But I do it because it pleases me, and the great part about being older–I no longer care much what those onlookers think.

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Daffodils bloom where they are planted. You can too!

2. Because frustration for me usually starts with things I cannot control, I seek out projects that I CAN control. Cleaning a sink is a positive accomplishment. Cooking anything, and (sometimes) asking a friend to share the meal. Any task that can be completed in a short time yields a sense of satisfaction and really improves my mood.

3. When I’m super miserable, I force myself to write down 5-10 things that are OK at that precise moment. Basic facts count, such as "I am able to walk" or  "Three people care about me." This practice doesn’t eliminate the sadness, grief, or pain that I feel. But it helps to put it in perspective. Because for me–and maybe for you–it is very easy to become completely immersed in awfulness. I don’t expect to eliminate misery–misery is real. But hope and healing are real too. My goal is to live in reality, in a balanced way.

5. Another thing I’ve just started doing–when I feel afraid of something that I know isn’t dangerous, I make myself do it. I carefully check beforehand, to make sure it’s not something dumb, like running into traffic. But 99.9% of the things that scare me are not likely to ever cause physical or emotional harm. If someone says "no" to my request, will I die? Not likely. If I enter a contest and lose, will I die? Nope. So why not go ahead and carry things through?

So – those are my best examples…but I’m sure there are many other methods.
Let MV know what YOU do when you’re frustrated or paralyzed with fear.

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ISSTD Call for Proposals

Accepting submissions now through Friday, April 30, 2010, 11:59pm EDT


Don’t wait!  The website for submissions is now open. ISSTD members, colleagues and supporters are invited to submit proposals online for the 27th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The deadline is April 30, 2010, at midnight EDT.

Go to Online Proposal Submission Information

ISSTD’s 27th annual conference will be held October 16-18 at the Atlanta Hilton Hotel.  There will be two days of Pre-conference workshops on October 14 & 15.
The theme for this year’s meeting is "Clinical Consequences of Complex Psychological Trauma: Assessment, Treatment and Recovery.
We also welcome submissions on other topics that are relevant to Trauma, Dissociation, chronic traumatization, child abuse or other trauma related areas.

Dissociated? Artistic?

Author Jane Hyman (see ad below) is looking for people with dissociated identities to interview about the meanings of artistic creativity. Musicians, actors, theatre directors, dancers, choreographers, or visual artists may apply for possible one-hour interview. May use pseudonyms if you prefer. Email Jane H. Hyman, PhD
All messages will reach only the author and will be strictly confidential.

  HELP YOURSELF and MV Too!
Thanks to the generous gift of donated copies by author Jane Wegscheider Hyman, this excellent and inspiring book is offered to MANY VOICES’ readers at a discount: Only $15 per copy, including media-mail shipping to all US destinations.

From the book jacket: "The women in ‘I Am More Than One’ are living proof that you can find new sources of strength through family and friends, build a rewarding, successful career, and still hold on to your own unique identity." These messages of hope and encouragement are essential reading for people who want to learn how to survive and thrive despite painful histories of trauma and abuse.

Dr. Hyman is a researcher and writer on women’s health and a member of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation. She is the author of several well-received, helpful books.

ORDER YOUR COPY NOW DIRECT FROM OUR WEBSITE!

Or call Lynn W. at 513-751-8020, to order over the phone.

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I AM MORE THAN ONE
How Women with
Dissociative IdentityDisorder Have Found Success in Life and Work
By Jane Wegscheider Hyman PhD

VOLUNTEERS needed! We still need more web-research for the public education site …so if you like to browse the internet, here’s your chance to help MV while you explore! Also, we want lists of community mental health clinics in your area that might appreciate a free subscription to MANY VOICES.  Please contact me if you can help with this.  Substance abuse facilities, homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters are also logical places that might welcome MV. We want to increase our outreach to the people who need us most. THANK YOU!

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JUNE 2010: Life without therapy. Changing therapists. Coordinating different therapy modalities. ARTWORK: Caring for your Self(ves).

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Our friend JAN thinks she’s too dependent on her therapist. She wants to start applying the skills she’s worked so hard to learn, during years of therapy. She asks MV Readers if they ever feel "too dependent" and what they do to become more self-sufficient.
Please read through the whole list of Sharing Questions, and reply to any, no matter when the topic first appeared. We Love Fresh Updates to PAST QUESTIONS!

At MV, hatMed.jpgwe make every effort to be helpful to people
recovering from trauma and abuse, their families and friends.
We also want to assist trauma treatment professionals who guide people
in recovery toward a healthier, happier life. Please help us perform these
tasks well by sending your suggestions and input, pro or con, anytime.
Call me personally at 513-751-8020. I want to hear from you!
Sincerely,
Lynn Wasnak, aka Lynn W., Editor and Executive Director

Many Voices
PO Box 2639
Cincinnati, OH 45201-2639

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survivingSpirit

The Surviving Spirit Newsletter – Healing the Heart Through the Creative Arts  –

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. – Kahlil Gibran

Hello Folks,

I think ‘Spring has sprung’ in my neck of the woods….and it’s GREAT!! To be able to open some windows and enjoy the warm fresh air is nice. Hmnnn….only several weeks ago I was without power for close to a week & FREEZING!!…so this change is most welcome. And that explains why there was no February newsletter…the day I was set to put it together was when I lost power. Life…always not what one expects…. But, given the month of April is for Child Abuse Awareness & May is for Mental Health/Illness Awareness, I’ll either send out an extra make-up newsletter or just add more resources…we shall see.

Yesterday I had a really nice gig. I got to perform for the good folks up at NH Hospital…for both patients and staff. Music goes a long way in uplifting one’s spirit on so many levels. I have long shared of how music helped save my life… it helped me survive my childhood & teenaged years while living in a home of horror. To this day, just the simple act of listening to music does so many wonderful things. We need more of it in our lives, and I don’t say that because I am a musician…it goes much deeper than that. [please see this article – Strike a Chord for Health http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2010/January/feature1.htm ]

Speaking of music…some great news to share – my song “Brush Away Your Tears”, is going to be used [while the credits are rolling] in the film documentary “Boys and Men Healing” from Big Voice Pictures. Please visit www.boysandmenhealing.com to see a film trailer of this powerful documentary. You can hear a two minute clip of the album recording at my website www.mskinnermusic.com  & also a live version of this song at www.youtube.com/mcstrain

Next week I get to present a the Univ. of NH here in Manchester…always an honor to present where ever I am asked to…but this has some real special meaning for me. My dear friend Nancy Maguire is graduating with her Masters in Social Work and to be able to present to her class is both an honor and a privilege. I have long advocated for changing all that is wrong in how children and adults who deal with trauma, abuse, & mental health concerns are treated by society as a whole ….Nancy was one of those special people as a friend and an advocate who helped me through some of my darkest days back in the 90’s that enables me to do what I do.

And here’s some more great resources and fellow Surviving Spirits doing wonderful things to help others…so please take some time to visit some of these websites, to reach out, share, and network with one another. 

1] Vivian Farmery & the good folks at Just Tell have posted a new video at their site www.justtell.org/adult/aboutjusttell.html  that has kids sharing of their experiences of sexual abuse…powerful testimony and advocacy. This site has both an adult and “kids’ section.

2] Laura Paxton has a new book titled “No Warning Labels” – she shares the memoirs of her life diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and later Asperger’s Syndrome, and “how I have broken free from the limiting definitions of these diagnoses in stages. Through the process, I outline a new method of personal inventory to help others to "break outside the box."  http://www.nowarninglabels.com

3] Dreamcatchers Talk Radio was created by Author, Child Abuse Advocate and Founder of Dreamcatchers for Abused Children (Sandra Dawn Potter) and Author, Child Abuse Advocate and President of Dreamcatchers for Abused Children (Donna Kshir).  www.dreamcatchersforabusedchildren.com

Listen live TUESDAYS 6:30 – 7 p.m. EST @ http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreamcatchers  … or call in and voice your opinion @  (917) 932-1132 

4] Lady J at www.myspace.com/ladyjztalkzone shared this quote with me recently –

“I have to remind myself daily though even for myself that even when the road is dark and lonely, to just keep going, and others will cross your path on their journey and brighten your road again.”  

How true….I’ve known Lady J for many years…and she has long been a stanch advocate in promoting the works of others who help to make the world a better place via her blogs, websites, etc. I’m proud to have networked & advocated with Lady J, Vivian, Laura, Sandra, Donna and so many others….seeing what they do helps keep me going. I’m simply in amazement at the amount of people out there trying to do “the right thing”…so I think it is important to share their respective creative and advocacy efforts.

5] Stefanie Jane uses her powerful and haunting music to reach out to not only survivors, but to the world at large  www.stefaniejane.com  – please take a listen. And she donates a fair amount of the proceeds back to organizations helping others – kudos to you Stefanie.

6] Zoya Vsemirnova’s Fighting Depression website/blog  http://dodgedepression.blogspot.com – has LOTS of helpful insight & resources for depression, another great example of Hope, Healing, & Help.

7] Simon Stevens over in England is doing some great things as well, realizing what he deals with, makes it all that more powerful. www.simonstevens.com

“winner of a 2004 Enterprising Young Brit award and a 2008 UK Catalyst Award, hasn’t let cerebral palsy get in the way of running a successful business or two" Enterprise UK”

8] Well…while we’re still visiting ‘England’…please see what Kate Swift has been doing with her art and poetry for healing from childhood sexual abuse @ http://www.thistangledweb.co.uk – lots of hope and healing going on with her creativity.

9] Unveiling The Stigma – Depression & Mental Illness at www.unveilingthestigma.com has all kinds of information and resources…they share a tragic statistic – “Suicide takes one million lives a year.” – whoa!! – one life is too many….Having lost two brothers and two friends to suicide makes this work so vital…for all of us. They’ve got a great quote at their Facebook page – “"You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind." ~Irish Proverb

10] Celebrating Those Who Make a Difference for Mental Health – SAMHSA Seeks Nominees for 2010 Voice Awards www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov/voiceawards

The Voice Awards are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services. The Voice Awards recognize writers and producers of entertainment programming—television and film—who have given voice to people with mental health problems by incorporating dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of people with mental illnesses into their scripts, programs, and productions. The highest ratings are reserved for those productions that emphasize the positive journey of recovery from mental health problems released between 3/15/09 – 4/15/10

The Voice Awards also recognize the accomplishments of consumer leaders and advocates who have been instrumental in both raising awareness and understanding of mental health issues and promoting the social inclusion of people with mental health problems. Through their leadership and advocacy, they demonstrate that recovery is real and that people with mental health problems are valuable, contributing members of their schools, workplaces, and communities.

All entertainment industry nominations due by April 30, 2010 & all mental health consumer nominations by May 14, 2010

11] Last but not least!!! Michele Rosenthal of Heal My PTSD http://healmyptsd.com has a wonderful site full of hopeful healing help & a monthly call in show on the 3rd Thursday of each month – Time: 6pm PST/7pm CST/9pm EST Duration: 45 minutes

Dial in: (712) 432-1699 Pin:  828726#  [press the # sign after entering number]

Take care, Mike

ps. Please share this with your friends & if you have received this in error, please let me know.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

A diagnosis is not a destiny.

www.mskinnermusic.com – Hope, Healing, & Help for Trauma, Abuse, & Mental Health through music, resources, & advocacy

www.myspace.com/michaelskinnermusic – musical endeavors only

www.new.facebook.com/profile.php?id=635415804%20  Facebook – for friends, music, & advocacy!!

www.youtube.com/mcstrain – live performance of "Brush Away Your Tears" from TV show interview

mikeskinner@comcast.net 603-625-2136    38 River Ledge Drive, Goffstown, NH 03045

www.michaelskinner.net – new site for public speaking & music presentation on healing for trauma, abuse, & mental health.

"BE the change you want to see in the world." Mohandas Gandhi

Enchanted Makeovers

March 29, 2010

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Special Sponsorship Request

Enchanted Makeovers is taking their inspiration on the road, so we are making a special request for donatations of frequent flyer miles.  Also, contact EM with any resources that could donate lodging.

Thank you for your support.

Contact Terry if you can help in this manner.

The Doll Project

Our Mission

The mission of Enchanted Makeovers is to transform shelters for women and children into heartwarming havens, forming the catalyst for all that become involved, that create the realization that everyone’s dreams can come true."  The mission of Modern B*a*g Ladies is to fuel ladies’ Belief, so they are charged to Action.  Now Go ladies. Go to your dreams. 

Hi, I’m Kim Lampe, founder of

Modern B*a*g Ladies and editor of Enchanted Makeovers Newsletter. 

Editing this newsletter is my way of sharing my fuel and empowering ladies to to seek out AND share their fuel. 

One person’s dream + Another person’s dream = 2 dreams?  Nope! Believing in other’s dreams is as important as believing in your own.  It’s key to realizing your own!

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Hello Friends of Enchanted Makeovers,

SPRING is here and I can hear the birds singing. 

First, I would like to introduce a two new team members. Rachel Gaffney of Rachel Gaffney Irish Goods is our Culinary Events Coordinator.  Rachel Gaffney applies her organizational talents and culinary skills to help create the perfect ambiance at Enchanted Makeovers’ outreach events.  Recently Rachel joined Martha Stewart on her live show, baking Irish shortbread cookies.  Kristi Grahl handles public relations and communications.  Kristi Grahl is a nimble wordsmith. She has always believed in the power of words to inspire, influence and promote understanding.  Click here to learn more about our team members.

Our Beauty and Hope National Tour is bringing awareness to shelters, volunteers and entrepeneurs nationwide on the importance of opening our hearts and minds.  View details on the Recipes of Hope Event in Kansas City, below.  Next we will be headed to Ohio May 8th. More details to follow soon.

Our international project,  The Doll Project is the first of its kind. The goal of the project is to engage women in a process of personal discovery through dolls. The journey is designed to encourage dialog, share experiences and promote possibilities. The project promotes shared community responsibility.

”I hope these special events will break down walls and build bridges.” – Terry

Finally, EM was blessed with a feature article in Women’s World Magazine.  It has already connected us with passionate people, who want to contribute to the cause. WE, Kristi for her hard work which helped make this article happen.

Womens World

Find your Enchantment.  Find your Heart. Find your Home.

Terry 

www.enchantedmakeovers.org

enchantedmakeovers@comcast.net

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Recipes of Hope

It is estimated that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

Many of these are "silent crimes"-they’re never reported to police, and often they aren’t even shared with friends. But over time they take their toll, both on the immediate victims and on society as a whole. Women who escape abusive situations-often with small children in tow-usually have only the few clothes and personal items they can throw in a tote bag. While shelters offer a place of refuge, the environment is often dreary and discouraging.

On March 9, 2010, Enchanted Makeovers is heading to Kansas City, Mo., as part of a one-day event to bring a message of hope and love to residents of

NewHouse, a shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Learn more…and view the video.

Can’t wait to see you in your neck of the woods.

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Many Voices Words of Hope

Spring Forward into Your New and Better Life!
Winter is (almost) over here in Cincinnati, according to both the calendar and the crocuses. My apologies to all who love the ice and snow, but for myself I say "good riddance!" Rain and mud? Not so bad…

It’s time for a change in outlook! The crocuses, snowdrops and daffodils are a source of inspiration. For months they hide underground (like some survivors) but when the timing and conditions are right, they push through the slowly warming soil into the fresh air, sunshine…then burst into bloom! 

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Spring Flowers — New Life

Take a lesson from the flowers. You can do it, too!  You don’t have to hide your talents, self-awareness, love, or precious knowledge "underground." Bring all your fine qualities out into the open!
MV is here to help YOU celebrate YOUR special triumphs.  Share your success with us! Tell us what worked for you. OR…if you’re stuck…tell us about that and maybe the MV Community can help!
You will never know how important your words, images, or activities can be to someone else unless your share your experience. Your life can touch another life, and bring that person hope and healing!  

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Please ask Lynn how to  share with MV!

GREAT NEWS!
Our February Printing Bill is PAID!
Thanks in part to renewed advertising from Hollywood Pavilion’s WiiT Program! NOW we’re working on paying for APRIL. If you can help out, please do!

DONATE NOW VIA PAYPAL

If your hospital or clinic is interested in advertising in our MVMC supplement, contact Lynn. We’d love to help you offer our subscribers top-quality
health care services!  

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LAST CHANCE! IF YOU ARE A MAN in or near NY CITY

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MARCH 18-21 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
For survivors and their loved ones, clinicians and behavioral health professionals, attorneys, law enforcement professionals, legal advocates, researchers, educators, and students.

  HELP YOURSELF and MV Too!
Thanks to the generous gift of donated copies by author Jane Wegscheider Hyman, this excellent and inspiring book is offered to MANY VOICES’ readers at a discount: Only $15 per copy, including media-mail shipping to all US destinations.

From the book jacket: "The women in ‘I Am More Than One’ are living proof that you can find new sources of strength through family and friends, build a rewarding, successful career, and still hold on to your own unique identity." These messages of hope and encouragement are essential reading for people who want to learn how to survive and thrive despite painful histories of trauma and abuse.

Dr. Hyman is a researcher and writer on women’s health and a member of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation. She is the author of several well-received, helpful books.

ORDER YOUR COPY NOW DIRECT FROM OUR WEBSITE!

Or call Lynn W. at 513-751-8020, to order over the phone.

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I AM MORE THAN ONE
How Women with
Dissociative IdentityDisorder Have Found Success in Life and Work
By Jane Wegscheider Hyman PhD

VOLUNTEERS needed! We still need more web-research for the public education site …so if you like to browse the internet, here’s your chance to help MV while you explore! Also, we want lists of community mental health clinics in your area that might appreciate a free subscription to MANY VOICES.  Please contact me if you can help with this.  Substance abuse facilities, homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters are also logical places that might welcome MV. We want to increase our outreach to the people who need us most. THANK YOU!

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The April issue is at the printer–expect it in your mailbox soon, if you’re a subscriber! If you’re not sure when your subscription expires, ask Lynn!

You can renew your subscription on Paypal, here.

JUNE 2010: Life without therapy. Changing therapists. Coordinating different therapy modalities. ARTWORK: Caring for your Self(ves).

Send NOW ,  & help others heal!

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Connie wants to know better ways to "connect" with her physical self!  What do you do to help body awareness?
Please read through the whole list of Sharing Questions, and reply to any, no matter when the topic first appeared. We Love Fresh Updates to PAST QUESTIONS!

At MV, hatMed.jpgwe make every effort to be helpful to people
recovering from trauma and abuse, their families and friends.
We also want to assist trauma treatment professionals who guide people
in recovery toward a healthier, happier life. Please help us perform these
tasks well by sending your suggestions and input, pro or con, anytime.
Call me personally at 513-751-8020. I want to hear from you!
Sincerely,
Lynn Wasnak, aka Lynn W., Editor and Executive Director

Many Voices
PO Box 2639
Cincinnati, OH 45201-2639

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April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month

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Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 10:16am

April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month


Suggestions on how to help raise child abuse awareness in your local communities:
• Distribute our FREE brochures to your neighborhood–Let others know about our mission to promote awareness.
• Check to see what Child Abuse Prevention Month Activities are going to be talking place in your local community and participate
• Join your local volunteer hotlines or shelters–participate in their education programs–get accredited to volunteer and offer assistance to abuse survivors.


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Community Participation – Cities and counties throughout the region are encouraged to include announcements about National Child Abuse Prevention Month in their newsletters, put up a poster, and post on web sites with an optional direct link to DREAMCATCHERS FOR ABUSED CHILDREN, http://www.dreamcatchersforabusedchildren.com
Let others know about our FREE Child Abuse Handbook that is available for download at http://www.lulu.com/kshirandpotter.
Business Participation – Local companies and small businesses are asked to encourage their employees to wear Blue Ribbons, hold a dress down day or special fundraiser, display awareness information at your place of business, participate in community awareness projects, and ask their customers to support child abuse prevention organizations.
School Participation – Area schools are asked to conduct Penny Drives (or other easy fundraisers) to support your local child abuse organizations and local shelters.

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Child abuse statistics are increasing SHARPLY — mainly due to the struggling economy & stressed out parents.
We are desperately trying to promote child abuse awareness & educate the public as quickly as possible in order to help save innocent children’s lives. There are LOTS of different ways that you can help educate people on child abuse & spread awareness:


**PROMOTE US**
One way is to try to get as many people as you can to look at our Abuse Page…If you could possibly find a place for us in your TOP FRIENDS & let your friend’s know that you are promoting child abuse awareness–it will help us to educate the public faster!! You will then be doing your part to help these children. Even if your friends
only log on & read our site ONCE….they will remember the signs/symptoms to look for, who to contact, intervention, prevention & recovery of child abuse. JUST THINK OF HOW MANY CHILDREN’S LIVES COULD BE SAVED IF ALL INDIVDUALS WERE TRAINED ON WHAT TO LOOK FOR!!!


**EDUCATE THE PUBLIC**
Another simple thing you could do, is to REPOST OUR BULLETINS–It helps to spread awareness & educate the public.
And, tell all your friends about us—We are here to help!!
Education & knowledge is the key to prevention!!!!


**DONATE YOUR TIME**
You could also look in your area @ your local resources to see if they need volunteers (@ the shelters, hospitals) This would be a way for you to learn more about the statistics of child abuse & to help your community. Recently, one of our members used our website as a POWERPOINT PRESENTATION at his church. He not only received a huge, positive response from his missionary, but also had a child
come forward to report molestation that had been taking place in the nursery—THE MAN WAS ARRESTED!!! All because she saw our website, was educated, and KNEW to report this crime!!!


**VOLUNTEER**
We also allow child abuse advocates to "volunteer" to become VOLUNTEER DREAMCATCHERS. If interested, you would be an affiliate of DREAMCATCHERS FOR ABUSED CHILDREN & would receive a Volunteer Banner. You would then be asked to help promote child abuse awareness & education by recruiting members to your page, distributing our free publications and information and assisting members one-on-one. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us.


**FUNDRAISE**
We are an offical non-profit 501(c)3 organization and are funded by donations, grants & charity benefits. ALL proceeds collected are directly donated back into the organization to help to help educate the public on how to help these abused children!!!


We use our donations for:
FREE publications to the public
Speaking Engagements
Gift care packages
Travel expenses
Benefit & event fees
Distributional brochures, business cards & promo items
Websites costs, fees & overhead
And anything & everything we can do to help any child who has been abused.


**SPONSORSHIP**
You could also ask businesses in your area if they might be interested in
sponsoring us either directly or by holding a fund raiser or charity event…
We accept gift items, monetary donations, in-kind donations and/or goods & services.


**DONATE**
You can also make a donation through our SECURE PAYPAL site located on either of our websites. We accept all credit cards, debit cards & paypal transfers are accepted. If you would like to make a donation, please visit: http://www.myspace.com/abused_children (or) www.dreamcatchersforabusedchildren.com


**RESEARCH**
Also, on our domain website at: http://www.dreamcatchersforabusedchildren.com, please visit our page titled "HOW YOU CAN HELP"….It has tons of wonderful ideas of ways you can help make a difference & promote awareness!!!


**DISTRIBUTE**
We have FREE full-colored brochures & business cards for public distribution which features all of our information along with photos, statistics, hotline numbers & our contact information. If you would like a FREE brochure, or would like a supply to distribute in your local area, please forward me your address & I will gladly mail one to you!!


Thank you so much for helping to keep our children safe!!!
Thank you,
Dreamcatchers for Abused Children
http://www.dreamcatchersforabusedchildren.com

 

Modern B*A*G Ladies


Birthing a New World – International Women’s Day

Posted: 08 Mar 2010 08:03 PM PST

I wrote this post last year. A re-post is in order today, International Women’s Day. I find it interesting that I feel more comfortable saying, It took balls to do this or that, rather than saying the word vagina. Can you imagine a man saying to another man, "Women (man) that took a huge vagina to take that risk." This makes me laugh out loud. Now let’s practice together, "vagina, vagina, vagina." How about, "It took a magnificent birth canal to deliver those types of results."

I had the distinct pleasure of attending a local performance of "The Vagina Monologues" in Red Wing last night. Red Wing, having a population of only 15,000 I feel rather lucky to have The Sheldon Theatre, which brings performing arts to our community.
In the 1990’s, playwright, Eve Ensler interviewed over 200 women about their sexuality and their vaginas in particular. From those interviews she wrote "The Vagina Monologues" and performed the show across the country. Ensler was deeply moved by the number painful stories of physical and sexual violence women shared with her after her performances. In response she created, V-Day. V as in Victory, Valentine and Vagina. In February, March and April she permits organizations to produce a Vagina Monologues as a fundraiser. Since 1998, V-Day events have raised over $60 million for local beneficiaries working to end violence against women and girls. Last night’s performance benefited our local Goodhue Wabash Sexual Assault Services.

Here’s a peek at some of the titles, "The Little Coochie Snorcher That Could", "My Angry Vagina" and "The Flood". The monologues were real, touching, funny and sobering. It fueled my desire to express my true self even more in my work and in my writing. I was so impressed with the women’s performances and proud to be a woman……a women with A VAGINA!!!

The performance profoundly echoed my thoughts of "We are real. We are not yes ladies. We are Oh Yes Ladies and it feels really good." It reaffirmed the misconception that all of your private thoughts are to stay private. Headline…… Kim Lampe Loves Her Vagina. Um no, that’s not what I meant. It all goes back to being the Traveling Sanctuary. The safe place for others. There will be a day when somebody needs to share some private thoughts. Will you be the safe, secure landing place?

If my vagina could talk it would say, "I hold much power. I will take great care with this power." I am pleasure. I am pain. I’m a *itch. I’m a lover. I give birth, hence my space shifting ability. I have something very important to say. Get down here and listen would you?"
In some weird way I left the performance feeling like all my womanly power was centered in my vagina, which means I must have two hearts and two brains. Watch out world here we come.

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Many Voices Press news

March 7, 2010

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Many Voices Words of Hope

Healing Creatively

MV readers share their heartfelt writing and poetry, as well poignant and inspiring artworks in every media, because they want others to understand and relate to their experiences.

Some of our writers and artists discover for the first time during recovery that they have talents that others respect and value. It is such a good feeling to know that art and writing can express pain, anger, or sadness without harming oneself or others.  Our readers tell stories of recovery through their words and images. We transform and transcend the agonies of life. We rejoice in our healing. And we share this complexity with each other and the world. Please ask Lynn how to share with MV!

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COLORADO ARTISTS IN RECOVERY, see this special event!

FINDING OUR VOICES Art Sale and Show 2010
runs April 9-11, at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs, CO. 
This annual event helps raise community awareness about sexual abuse and promotes prevention.

Opening night is Friday April 9th, with an artists’ reception; Saturday features poetry and performances; Sunday offers an opportunity for survivors to safely share their personal stories.

The FOV event showcases uncensored artistic expression from survivors of sexual abuse and their allies. Including but not limited to collage,painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, needlework, multimedia, music, dance, and poetry. (Entry fee per item- $5). DEADLINE FOR ENTRY – MARCH 26, 2010. Write for submission information.

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ANSWERS Received from Recent Qs by MV READERS 

In our last MV-Insider, some spiritually-inclined readers asked how to talk with "Christian-relatives" who were not willing to consider the problems of ongoing abuse in the family. Another  questioned as follows:"I can relate fairly easily to choosing a life before birth to facilitate learning for the soul.  I am stuck, however, on figuring out how anyone could choose a life in which being a child abuser is part of the lesson.  Also, along the same lines, how can someone "choose" to be abused as a kid?"

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From Dr. Marjorie Isaacs, in Cincinnati:

"Having the sense that one was an abuser in a "past life" does not mean that this belief is literally true.  However,
the sense that one was once an abuser could help a survivor of abuse reflect on mistakes she has made and what to do about them.  It could also carry the message that most abusers are human and have some good qualities in spite of the dreadful wrongs they committed.  Most important,would be real awareness that the past abusers no longer have the power to harm her the way they once did. …"

From Father Patrick McAteer, of St. Ignatius Church in Chicago:

"If one refuses to discuss ongoing abuse in the family, they cannot be forced no matter how ‘Christian’ they may be. ‘Christian’ here is quite meaningless. Abusers are abuser no matter what their religion, race, culture, or social status. Over time they may be persuaded; if the persuasion is constant, then their consciences may convince them to address the issue. I consider that a long-shot."

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From the book jacket: "The women in ‘I Am More Than One’ are living proof that you can find new sources of strength through family and friends, build a rewarding, successful career, and still hold on to your own unique identity." These messages of hope and encouragement are essential reading for people who want to learn how to survive and thrive despite painful histories of trauma and abuse.

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How Women with
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JUNE 2010: Life without therapy. Changing therapists. Coordinating different therapy modalities. ARTWORK: Caring for your Self(ves).

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RESILIENCE •  MENTORS HEALING OPINIONRELATIONSHIPS •  MAR 2

Dating Secrets

When your boundaries have been violated

it’s hard to trust new relationships,

here’s our

Dating Manual 101

to help guide you through

which new relationship?

are good for you and

which are repetitions of

old behaviors. 

Do you know what

Romantic Chemistry

is?

Why do we fall madly in love?

with someone who has both the positive and negative traits of our parents, someone who fits an image that we carry deep inside us. 

When you look at romance from an academic perspective, you will recognize these phases in your past relationships.

The Stages of Falling in Love

"I know we’ve just met, but somehow I feel as though I already know you."

That sense of deja’ vu, is the feeling of familiarity.

Angela’s Army of Angels

March Blog-a-Thon(s)

The Army of Angels are people of every gender across all boundaries of race, religion, and political standing, who are committed to healing, awareness, strength and courage.

We were inspired and empowered by Angela Shelton to make dramatic shifts in our lives.

We now make Angela’s work work by moving forward in our lives and helping others do the same.

Lynn turned her trauma

into a foundation that

heals children with music

"Like thousands of other children, being violated made me feel helpless, dirty, and I didn’t know where to turn for help.

"It truly altered my perception of life and those who claimed to be close to my family.

"However, I was one of the fortunate ones. I had tools to help my wounds heal: my faith in God and music.


Lavender Mentors are Everywhere

            thriving past the abuse of violence and sexual trauma

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Mary says you can find a way to heal through anything

“We lived in the ghetto. I’d hear women screaming and running down the halls from guys beating up on them.

People chased us with weapons. I never saw a woman there who wasn’t abused. It was a dangerous place. No one wanted anyone else to get ahead.

When I was 5, sexual stuff was done to me. My mother was a single parent, a working woman. She left us with people she thought could be trusted.

They hurt me.

After that happened, I thought:

‘Is it somehow my fault?”

Lavender Sister Ellen’s cancer has sadly returned

Ellen and her colleagues at the Domestic Abuse Intervention Program, created the "Power and Control Wheel" model which has become an international teaching tool that has helped many, including battered women, put a fuller description to their experience so that it is understandable to those of us listening and intent on assisting them.

One way of writing women into history is to document the impact of the inspired leadership of Ellen Pence on our lives and our work for women’s liberation and to end violence against women. 

Happy Birthday

Somantic Memories

I have to apoligize this issue of Lavender eMag is a month late, however I have been sick and suffering from somantic memories.

My father said I would get migraines on my birthday because I couldn’t handle any excitement; any happiness.  But at 43, I now know that I get migraines because my body has messages to tell me.

I was born 6 weeks early due to as my mother "put it" a hormone imbalance at a dangerously low weight and left in an incubator of months in the hospital.

Music is a Natural

Anti-Depressant

Music therapy is the use of music to achieve measurable goals regarding mood improvement, anger management, or other skills.

According to The Tao of Music by John Ortiz, a conscious, systematic way to use music therapy for depression is to make an entrainment list.

It is called "entrainment" because repeated listening to the playlist trains the mind to go from depression to  happy in response to a sequence of songs.

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