Making it Through the Storm

It shouldn’t be so difficult to raise awareness on everyday issues. As people we struggle to realirita-ora-ice-bucket-challenge-2014-billboard-650x430ze the problems that are happening in our society. Without celebrity endorsement some of the fundraisers that we have out there wouldn’t be as successful. Things like the ALS ice bucket challenge, where everyday people do something ridiculous to raise awareness. Celebrities are participating in this event and are making it a competition to see “who has the better ice bucket challenge?” People shouldn’t have to compete or do something ridiculous to raise awareness to the problems that we have in our society. Ideally when there is an issue in our society, people should alert others of this problem and as a society we should listen to these people and help them solve the problem. In my book “Why Ruin Another Life” this dysfunctional Mississippi family suffers through three generations of rape. They sweep this tragedy under the rug, swearing to tell no one about the horrible events that took place. People need to be aware of something  traumatic like rape, because it’s an everyday problem that can be dealt with if it’s brought to attention. When a storm is raging, running and hiding is not always the smart thing to do.

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

In life things are not always as they seem, there are some people whowolf-in-sheepse intentions are not honorable who try to paint a rosy picture to distract, or hide the truth to achieve a hidden agenda. These people have an uncanny ability to sense weakness and naivety,  preying on the people that they perceive as weak and innocent. We may all start out believing a person has good intentions, but that illusion can be tainted due to a bad experience. They say “you live and you learn”, but sometimes the lesson comes too late to make a difference in a particular situation, as a result the deceived may find it hard to forgive them-self, because of their gullible nature at the time. In my book “Why Ruin Another Life” the character Marva sees an opportunity that she thinks will better her life, but later learns all opportunities are not golden ones. Over time she see’s the people that she thought were there for her are not what they pretended to be, and forever blames herself for her bad decision making. We always must be mindful that things are not what they appear to be, remember a wolf  can be disguised in sheep’s clothing.