Action Idea: Pass This Stand-Alone Sex Trafficking Law

Today, with the Kids are Not For Sale Coalition, supporters all over Virginia are hoping to spread the word loud and clear: LET’S FINALLY PASS THIS! THERE ISN’T A STAND-ALONE SEX TRAFFICKING LAW IN VIRGINIA BUT WE NEED ONE!   Okay, be honest. Did you know that? A few years back before our organization became NOVA HTI,…

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Memories From Sand: Making Christmas Meaningful

The Freak-Out   This week in December just FREAKS. ME. OUT.   All of the sudden the Christmas everything is happening: the parties, the presents, the paper reindeer from school, the tree trimming, the needing to buy not needed things for all the people, whilst drinking glassfuls of eggnog, wine, peppermint coffee and wassail to try…

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Christmas Expectations: What To Give To The Person Who Has It All

The Weight of Expectation   Once upon a time my husband didn’t give me a Christmas present, but after the holiday he brought me to the mall. He told me just to meander, walk around, pointing out what I liked. It was rather annoying because I would say “yes, yes, yes, I want this!” But…

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Ebola: Three Ways to Mitigate Your Worry

We aren’t fully panicking yet. But as an infected man went through our token international airport a few miles off, I am beginning to hear the stirring speculations: Is it possible that maybe Ebola carries through the air? Could these germs have flown up route 28, turned west on Waxpool, and hit the iPod-zoned-out jogger…

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Five Peaceful Actions on the International Day of Peace

When I was a kid, my family used to host exchange students from Japan. I thought it was funny that our students would hold two fingers up in a peace sign for pictures, an equivalent “say cheese for the camera.”  Later, though, I read this is considered the peace sign because it meant “V” for…

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Don’t Be Digital Sex Trafficking Prey: Ten-Steps for How Not to Sext (Or Worse) with Random Strangers

Have you ever gotten random texts from a stranger? This happened to me the other day, and not for the first time! Even so, this was my first extended conversation with a person I didn’t know (I will let you read it below). I wasn’t sure it was a stranger at first. Then, once it…

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