How Big is Your Brave?

“I wonder what would happen if you say what you want to say and let the words fall out honestly. I wanna see you be brave.”  Sara Bareilles This is from my new favorite song, by my one of my very favorite musical artists. “Brave” is a song about speaking up against those who push

The deafening silence surrounding abused children

I am the newly hired Executive Director at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County.  I have spent the last twenty three years working to protect children from abuse.  One can imagine the stories that I have heard in what I refer to as “the small little room”.  The small little room is a special

On the Cusp of Change

This is a guest post by Jennifer Wolfe, a writer, middle school teacher and mother of two teens. Here she reflects upon the challenges of growth and metamorphosis for both children and their parents. “Her life now hovered on the cusp of change…at this precise intersection in time, contemplating both distant memories and the uncertainty of the future,

My dream for all girls

This is a guest post by Ginger Gough, a teacher and writer living in Medford, Oregon. It wasn’t so much the climb up the ancient oak, as the upright walk across its thick parallel branch that gave me the jitters. I wasn’t, however, about to show it. The boys on the ground looked puny, and