Three Years of Blogging – What I’ve Learned, What I’ve Done

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Indulge me as I celebrate 3 years of Empty House Full Mind. It's been amazing! On August 16 it will be 3 years since I wrote my first blog post. Three years, approximately 200,000 words. That's as many words as two and a half novels. I've written posts about everything from bullying to Broadway, from friendship to, of course, empty nesting. This post is number 239, which means … [Read more...]

Is it Bullying if You Lose a Football Game?

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Do not let stories like this diminish the meaning of the word bullying. Did you hear the one about the parent of a high school football player who claimed his son's team was bullied when they lost 91-0? Dad has filed a formal complaint against the winning team's school district, citing the coach for not pulling back his team's … [Read more...]

Wear Orange on October 9 – Stop Bullying

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month. I despise bullies. They are mean, hurtful, insensitive people who go after those who are weak, defenseless and often already feeling insecure and uncomfortable in the world. If there was one thing that I was afraid of when my children were growing up, it was  that they would be bullied - because I didn't know if I would be able to … [Read more...]

Why Manti Te’o’s Virtual Relationship is Not the Norm

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The story of Manti Te'o and how he was duped -or we were- has captured the attention of this country. Eventually we'll all hear what really happened, whether he perpetrated a hoax to make himself seem more sympathetic or whether he was the victim of a horribly cruel scam by some very mean girls. However, just because Te'o's true love turned out to be nothing more than an avatar … [Read more...]

How to Talk to a Blogger

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Blogger (n): A new(ish) and strange breed of human being who writes things on the internet for all the world to read. Var: coupon blogger, giveaway blogger, craft blogger, recipe blogger, mommy blogger, business blogger, social media blogger. Many people ask many questions when I tell them I'm a blogger. Some questions are welcome: "What do you write about?" "How long have … [Read more...]