Truth Will End It

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I remember a verse I once spotted that Julia had highlighted in her Bible: The truth will set you free. I’ve never been able to forget those words. Even when it hurts, it’s more empowering to know the truth than to stay blind to it. Once I know the truth—and once Paul knows the truth—I’ll be finished. In my life I’ve found that you can’t let something go until it’s really over and it’s never really over until you learn the truth.

-Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra

Big Bad Makes Amends

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“The truth is so embarrassing, and what’s important is that I’ve changed. Really, I have.”

“Friends,” said the former menace, “it’s not enough for me to say I’m sorry. I have to prove it and repair my reputation. Here is your very own piggyback mansion.”

-Tell The Truth B.B. Wolf, written by Judy Sierra and Illustrated by J. Otto Seibold

Focused Service

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The critical question you need to ask to create your customer-focused vision statement is: What one thing are you trying to do better than anyone else in serving your customers?

-Start at the End: How Companies Can Grow Bigger and Faster by Reversing Their Business Plan by David Lavinsky

A Rising Nation

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THOMAS JEFFERSON FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS IN THE WASHINGTON, D.C., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 1801

A rising nation, spread over a wide and fruitful land, traversing all the seas with the rich productions of their industry, engaged in commerce with nations who feel power and forget right, advancing rapidly to destinies beyond the reach of mortal eye…”

-United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches by United States. Presidents.

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This article is one of many thousands (millions?) of examples of stories that begin with poor people, desperate for basic resources, taking offers of work and finding themselves enslaved. I can’t help but think that a livable wage, world wide, would take a huge chunk out of the human trafficking/slavery industry by eliminating the needs that make people vulnerable. It’s not a cure, but it is an absolutely necessary step – both for the reduction of slavery and addressing basic human rights issues worldwide (yes, that includes the United States and other first-world nations).

Human Trafficking Survivors Open Up About Horrors
The Huffington Post | By Eleanor Goldberg

Misery and Provision

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The misery of man appears like childish petulance, when we explore the steady and prodigal provision that has been made for his support and delight on this green ball which floats him through the heavens.

-Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Invisible Women Do Not Wear Heels

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Calling Invisible Women

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I passed a table full of high heels and thought how much they looked like fancy sleds with impossibly long nails sticking out the bottom. They were fantastically nonsensical. No one in the world, no one, would wear high heels if there was nobody who could see you do it.”

-Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray

Modest Superheroine

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Although the prevalent image of the female comic book crime fighter is that of a sexy nymph in a revealing costume, this was not always the case. The Woman in Red, thought to be the first superheroine, wore a modest scarlet coat with matching mask and skullcap.

-The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines by Mike Madrid

 

Camel Racing and Child Slavery

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This is an excellent book about an extremely difficult topic. The main character is a young orphan boy who is sold into slavery by his uncle because the family is poor and cannot afford to care for the child. A rich Sheikh purchases the boy and forces him to work as a camel racer.

While the book does not describe the grisly deaths that camel racers often face, or the beatings and abuses that come with being enslaved, it is clear the child is not surrounded by nice, much less loving, people.

It also has a fairy tale ending, which makes the harsh realities easier to handle.

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“That evening, as Azad and Asfur sat with the Bedouin around the fire, one of them played on his rababa. He sang about a brave little boy and his camel…who had found a home at last.”

-Azad’s Camel by Erika Pal

Workplace Bullying Defined

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One of the things that make workplace bullying so difficult to explain and understand is that we lack an agreed-upon name for the experience. Some call workplace bullying harassment of a non-sexual nature, employee emotional abuse, psychological terror, mobbing, and so forth. A review of research on the subject suggests that all of these terms describe roughly the same phenomenon—repeated, long-lasting aggressive abuse at the hands of other organizational members.

Bullying is exceedingly destructive and is associated with targets’ impaired physical, mental, and occupational health; deterioration of personal relationships outside of work; and economic jeopardy. An audience of coworkers also live in fear of being the next target.”

Bullying constitutes, and is constituted by, hostile work environments marked by pervasive fear and dread of workgroup members. Bullying is both an outcome of hostile work environments and a building block of hostile work environments. Perceived power disparity. Bullying at work is marked by a (perceived or actual) difference in power between perpetrator and target.”

-Adult Bullying-A Nasty Piece of Work: Translating a Decade of Research on Non-Sexual Harassment, Psychological Terror, Mobbing, and Emotional Abuse on the Job by Pamela Lutgen-Sandvik

Note: For more information about combating workplace bullying, visit the Workplace Bullying Institute, Beyond Bullying Association, the International Association on Workplace Bullying & Harassment (IAWBH) and the International Conference on Workplace Bullying.