In the News

  • A Change of Course
    They often call golf a “Gentlemen’s game”. Well, this time, the gentlemen and all the gentlewomen leading the organization got it right. The organization released a video on Monday, February 22, of one of its tour players, Madelene Sagstrom, sharing her story of surviving childhood sexual abuse. Instead of dismissing it as a past event or fearing it as an incident that would negatively reflect the LPGA, the organization used it as a teaching moment. They saw it as an opportunity […]
  • From One Swamp to Another
    For four years, we witnessed the daily dysfunction in the White House. Kellyanne Conway, in many ways, became the self-appointed ringleader of the Trump-era chaos.  Sadly, while she maintained a laser focus on her role in the circus, it appears she abandoned the much more critical role as the leader of her family.  While ANY family is entitled to familial privacy (regardless of their position in the public eye), Conway seemed to be entirely unbothered by her daughter Claudia’s online cry […]
  • The Horror of “The Simple Life”
    Let’s address the elephant in the room right off the bat. Paris Hilton is a controversial figure. Her rise to fame had more to do with her family’s inheritance than it did with anyone’s skill or talent. Perhaps she was born a decade too early because it is common to mistake shock value with value. But for this blog, let’s compartmentalize.   Paris Hilton, reality star, heiress, mediocre DJ—is still a human being.  She is worthy of being treated like one. We […]
  • THE UNTOLD STORY OF TRUMP’S WAR ON CHILDREN
    As a nation, as a world, we have been understandably preoccupied with the COVID-19  pandemic. We have been worried about our physical health, our mental health, our finances, our  families, and of course, our children. Kids are anxious, frightened, and forced into a situation  where they have been stripped of life as they know it. No real school, limited contact with  friends, and extended family, and witnessing loved ones absorb an immense amount of stress  leaking into every undercurrent of life. […]
  • Here We Are Again
    Here we are again.  A second go-around with what was likely considered the unthinkable just a year ago.  But as health experts predicted, the 2nd wave of the pandemic has hit us with more fortitude and fury than the first.  As a result, schools and sports are shutting down.  While this move may be necessary from a public health crisis perspective, we shouldn’t be so quick to narrow our definition of public health crisis to a transmittable virus. The shutdown and […]
  • ABUSE IN THE AGE OF A PANDEMIC
    I’m sick of saying it, you’re sick of saying it, we are all sick of hearing it: “These are unprecedented times”.  Well, they are but frankly all of us are exhausted.  What happens when we are exhausted?  We tend to let our guard down, take our masks off and dismiss advice to distance ourselves from the people we care about, love and frankly miss dearly.   This pandemic exhaustion can also lead to complacency in other aspects of our life.  It can […]
  • The Lifelong Impact of a Life of Violence
    Once again, the United States is dealing with the aftermath and violent unrest of a fatal police shooting.  This one in our beloved city, in broad daylight, with dozens of witnesses.  There are too many social, racial and socio-economic issues to address in one essay.  Too many to address in one newscast, newspaper article, protest, political ad or town hall meeting.   Needless to say, the death of Walter Wallace is devastating to his friends and family. A loss every parent fears, […]
  • “For God and Humanity?”
    Yesterday, the Pope made big news.  In a new documentary, he declared gay people are “Children of God” and therefore entitled to the same civil rights as “traditional couples”.  Great!  But what about the actual CHILDREN who have been ignored, paid off, dismissed, ostracized and denied basic human rights AND a right to justice because their abusers were servants of the Church?  A week before the Pope received accolades for his break from his predecessors’ refusal to acknowledge the gay community, […]
  • Secondary Traumatic Stress
    Ok, so most of us haven’t used air-travel in a while.  But we all know the in-flight drill before take-off.  The flight attendant goes over safety procedures in the case of an emergency.  Now, the instinct of a parent or caregiver is to ensure the safety and well-being of their child before themselves, if the unthinkable were to happen.  However, do you recall the instructions regarding the oxygen masks?  Here’s the announcement verbatim: “Please pull the mask over your nose and […]
  • Yes, In Your Backyard
        Last week, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office announced the arrest of a former Germantown Academy teacher for engaging in a sexual relationship several years ago with his 17-year old student.  Shocking?  Maybe for an elite private school community which may erroneously believe abusers are boogie men off the street.      Let’s take a hard and uncomfortable look at the numbers. 93% of child victims know their predator. 93 PERCENT.  That means if you don’t think abuse is […]
  • The Bystander Effect
    If you have ever seen the show “What Would You Do,” you know as an audience you have to suffer through set-up bystanders witnessing a horrific or shameful act and not doing anything about it.  Then, at the end of the episode, hidden cameras finally capture a good citizen executing a noble intervention.  There’s lots of tears, jeers and cheers.  It is really the perfect recipe for reality TV.  But real reality paints a different story about what people think they […]