Guest Blog Post: “Whisper: I Slept With My Bully” by Kally

Photo of a woman on a bed, her back to us

This tragic story, retold by blogger Kally, is all the sadder because the young woman to whom it happened blames herself for what isn’t her fault. To heal, she bravely recounts it to us so that the same thing doesn’t happen to others…

MiddleMe

love your column Whisper and I hope by sharing my story, perhaps some young girl out there will learn from my mistakes and maybe save herself from evil.

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Bah! Humbug! is Perfectly Fine by da-AL

burnt gingermen cookies
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It’s quite alright to say, “No!” to a holiday. It’s ok to write off an entire season. Sometimes holidays are worthy of looking forward to. Sometimes they’re not.

tray of burnt cookies
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It’s perfectly fine to ignore the myriad external messages elbowing each other to influence us. People, companies, cultures, they all would love for us to spend, do, and feel exactly as they think we should.

Never mind them. Really. Sometimes some holidays (and/or seasons) are best ignored.

tray of burnt cookies
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Do whatever works for you. Mark time, survive, thrive. Before you know it, it’ll be holiday-free January.

Photo courtesy Ryan McGuire of Gratisography.com

Whatever any one of us does, we’re never alone. We’re all unique yet all human. Be good to each other. Take good care of yourself!

Photo courtesy Ryan McGuire of Gratisography.com

What do you do when you want to ignore a holiday?

Buy Nothing Day: 5 Thoughts by da-AL

1. For some, once Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season truly kicks off with Black Friday aka Shop till You Drop.

Parody cartoon of two people discussing their love of shopping

2. For others, the holiday season begins with Buy Nothing Day.

Buy Nothing day store receipt for $0 spent

3. What if we all decided to no longer be manipulated by ads?

Fake ad saying, "Don't Buy Anything You've Ever Seen Advertised"

4. What if everyone broke free of the emotional hold that big companies have on our lifestyles?

Cartoon of a barcode with stick figure people escaping from within it

5. Not Buying Day shows we really care…

'exhausted' written beneath a photo of earth from space,

These spoof ads are courtesy of Adbusters, an agency dedicated to showing how insidiously propaganda works and fighting advertising with advertising. Their manifesto:

We are a global network of artists, writers, musicians, designers, poets, philosophers and punks trying to pull off a radical transformation of the current world order.”