**Warning: the following contains mentions of sexual assault and partner violence** In most states, in order to become a domestic violence or sexual assault crisis counselor, you have to undergo forty hours of intensive training on crisis de-escalation, mental illness, homelessness, the dynamics of the cycle of partner violence, medical and legal discourse on sexual assault, and a variety of…

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Monday mornings, I wake, shower, dress, drive to a train station, take a train to my office, and put in eight hours before reversing the routine. Tuesday through Friday, it’s the same. Saturday and Sunday are no reprieve—there are events and dinners and play dates and family functions. Some mornings, I pick up an iced coffee and take a moment…

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I am not, and never have been, a fan of romance novels. I do, however, share a love for any author that can create characters so realistic and vivid, I find myself lost in a world between time and space. When I began reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, I thought it would be a fun summer read, entertaining…

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Running has always been a part of my life. I began in 7th grade, participating in track and field. I can still remember the first time I ran a quarter of a mile, measured on a treadmill. Childhood asthma made it difficult, but I gradually worked through it and increased my distance. By sophomore year of high school, I realized…

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