Do You Have an Abortion Story to Tell? wants to hear it.

Want to Share Your Abortion Story? Here Are Some Tips

If you’re moved to share your story after hearing the powerful stories in #NoChoice, there are several issues to consider. 


Storytelling is a long-held tradition in many communities to pass on collective wisdom, memories, tales and experiences among loved ones and future generations. Abortion storytelling has been around as long as abortion itself, about 4,000 years, and at one time served as a way for people to find out which roots or herbs can induce an abortion or find a provider, particularly under heavy restriction. Now, abortion storytelling is becoming more common in media, pop culture and communities as a way to eradicate stigma and build compassion for those who choose to terminate a pregnancy.

Marge Piercy, Valerie Peterson and Danielle Lang from the new 'No Choice' video series

No Choice


Abortion is a common experience, yet there’s a lot of silence around it due to the shame and stigma our society puts on people who’ve had abortions. To build understanding, more of us are speaking out. Your story is an undeniable truth and might radically shift how someone who had an abortion reflects on their own experience, the stigma they faced and to help challenge the stereotypes and misinformation others have heard about people who have abortions. After hearing the powerful stories in #NoChoice, you might feel ready to share your own abortion story with loved ones or on social media. Here are a few things to think about as you make the decision to share:



Special thanks to Martin Luther King Jr. and all those who came with him and before him.

*MALCOM X, “I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.”

MARTIN LUTHER, “I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.”

HARRIET TUBMAN, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

SUSAN B ANTHONY, “Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.”

MAYA ANGELOU, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

GLORIA STEINHEM, “We are here and around the world for a deep democracy that says we will not be quiet, we will not be controlled.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther
Malcom X
Harriet Tubman
Maya Angelou & Gloria Steinem

What’s in a Book? Everything!

“BOOK=MAGIC” by Carl Sagan…

What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles.

But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you.

Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, finding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epics.

Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.

Carl Sagan


Check out WhyGirl post of Sept. 15, 2017. “Suicide is Becoming Epidemic. Why?”

“Stats on Suicide”

Here is a poem, most of us read in high school literature, and it’s still very poignant.

Richard Cory


Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
“Good-morning,” and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich—yes, richer than a king—
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.

Migrant GIRL dies–“Horrific, Tragic Death”

As you would expect, the White House takes no responsibility.

WASHINGTON — A White House official said on Friday that the Trump administration was not responsible for the  who died from dehydration last week while in the custody of the Border Patrol.

Officials said the girl, Jakelin Caal Maquin, and her father were among 163 migrants who turned themselves in to the Border Patrol in a remote area of desert in New Mexico, shortly after the group crossed into the United States.

Internal investigators at the Department of Homeland Security are looking into whether Border Patrol agents followed proper procedures while Jakelin was in their custody, officials said. An autopsy is expected, but the results may take several weeks, they said. The Washington Post first reported her death on Thursday.

Officials said Jakelin’s father signed a form saying she did not have any health problems. The document was in English, but officials said Border Patrol agents spoke with the father in Spanish and explained the form to him.

But around 5 a.m. on Dec. 7, while the migrants where being bused to a Border Patrol station in Lordsburg, N.M. — about three hours from where the group was initially apprehended — the father reported that his daughter was sick and had started vomiting.

“Why did the Commissioner of Customs & Border Protection keep this little girl’s death secret until after he testified before me & Senate Judiciary Committee this week? I will be demanding answers,” Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, wrote on Twitter.

Source: New York Times

death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl


Burnout Checklist will help volunteers:

Burnout Busters — Eight tips to prevent volunteer burnoutPosted on November 19, 2015 by Thomas W. McKee

In order to prevent burnout, create a healthy volunteer culture by using the following burnout busters.

  1. Recruit teams rather than individuals:  Sharing the membership load with a team lightens the load.
  2. Create holidays:  Students and teachers get holiday breaks.  Workers get paid vacation. Why not members?  They need breaks from their role to get refreshed. One way to do this is to organize different shifts or time periods of commitment. Look at how you are organized.
  3. Organize tactically:  Tactics are short term tasks. Not having enough members/volunteers for an event can lead to burnout when you ask too much from too few. Tactical planning is essential to make sure you have just enough members/volunteers, but not so many that people stand around with nothing to do.
  4. Reconnect to purpose—think strategically: Members need to feel that what they are doing is essential to the cause. This is especially true when Members are doing administrative work. The members/volunteers  will wonder at times, “What difference am I making by getting this newsletter out?”
  5. Provide a volunteer break room:  A volunteer break room with food is a place for volunteers to retreat, relax and share together. Create a special place for your volunteers that they can call their own and stock it with snacks.he a
  6. Debrief emotionally draining roles:   volunteer on a very elite mountain climbing rescue team. He told me about a rescue attempt where the person their team was trying to rescue died on the mountain. To deal with this kind of stress, volunteer teams have debriefing sessions with trained professionals to help them deal with what they just witnessed.  In the past month I have met many volunteers who are spending their free time with abused children, battered women, the homeless, refugee immigrants, and patients who are dying.  Make sure you understand and provide the resources to deal with these kind of emotional draining roles.
  7. Recognize stamina diversity:  Every volunteer is unique. Some are able to handle large amounts of work while others cannot carry such a heavy load.  Be very aware of the tolerance levels of your volunteers and divide up the work assignments accordingly.

And a final note:  Remember that volunteers have other jobs, and they have a life outside of your organization. Our best volunteers are often involved in many organizations in addition to ours, so that means they could be on volunteer overload and heading straight towards the burnout wall. The main thing is to keep your volunteers feeling great about what they are doing. Volunteering on a regular basis will take everything volunteers are willing to give and often even more. We need to take these steps to make sure that we don’t lose the best volunteers.


Mother and Daughter friction is best told by filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s film “Autumn Sonata”: Mothers, Daughters, and Monsters
Autumn Sonata (1978) cuts deep into a woman, even if she recoils from it. We are all some mother’s daughter, whether we were cherished or abandoned, spoiled or abused. Both of the film’s stars, Liv Ullmann and Ingrid Bergman, had daughters as well as celebrated careers.

BLACK FRIDAY. How and when did it originate?

BLACK FRIDAY. How and when did it originate?
early 17th century (as school slang, in the sense ‘Friday on which an examination is held’). The shopping sense dates from the 1960s and was originally used with reference to congestion created by shoppers; it was later explained as a day when retailers’ accounts went from being “in the red” to “in the black”