Rants and Ruminations

It's tempting to tell my own rape story but I won't. I will only say that I was 14 years old. I didn't tell the police. I didn't tell my mother. I only told the friend who accompanied me when I went looking for him with a large kitchen knife. I didn't find
DawnRRivers · 1947 days ago

Sandy Hook (2012): 28 dead, 2 injured Virginia Tech (2007): 33 dead, 23 injured Columbine (1999): 15 dead, 21 injured University ofTexas, Austin (1966): 16 dead, 32 injured Bath School bombing (1927): 45 dead, 58 injured   This has been going on for longer
DawnRRivers · 1992 days ago

So, this month/year our topic is Women Changing The World -- and we do, don't we?   My very first thought was this factoid: in economic development circles it is well known that, if you give business development assistance to a man, he will improve his lot
DawnRRivers · 2356 days ago


I'm probably not in the best place to be writing about healing between the genders. That was my first thought when I started out to ponder this month's Women on the Verge theme. I'm just about six months out from finalizing my divorce. At this point, I'm s
DawnRRivers · 2564 days ago

It wasn't so very long ago that I decided that, even if I never manage to accomplish anything else of significance in my life, I can truthfully say that my life was not wasted because I have been a Good Mother.I remembered that conviction even more recentl
DawnRRivers · 2686 days ago

I am still learning.One of the things I have learned today is that having the right friends can make all the difference in the world.If there is a way in which I have allowed my spirit to be almost murdered over the past few years, it has been the degree t
DawnRRivers · 2709 days ago

I despise stereotypes. I hate them like poison because they are the tool of oppressors. As a black woman (let's skip the politically-correct and mealy-mouthed "African American," shall we?), I have spent my entire life living down racial stereotypes. I re
DawnRRivers · 2725 days ago