From June 2017

Developing The Katie Character

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope all is well as you start this summer weekend. Harry and I are getting ready to celebrate July 4th with our family. The family is coming here, and that means lots of cleaning and preparation. We have so many papers to throw out and…

Breaking the Cycle of Violence:A New Hospital-Based Program

In emergency rooms across the country, victims of intentional injury — such as wounds from guns or knives — often report thinking about retaliating or making significant life changes. Now, a hospital-based violence intervention program, called Healing Hurt People (HHP), is using this pivotal moment to provide medical services and…

The College Fund

    Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Harry and I save change, and we’ve been filling up penny, nickel, dime and quarter rolls to take to the bank to contribute to our grandson John’s college fund that we just opened. He’s only four months old, and we’ve found that starting early…

Purple Purse Challenge Sponsored by Allstate

Join our friendly fundraising competition Oct. 2 through Oct. 31, 2017 and get access to additional funding from The Allstate Foundation. If your nonprofit offers domestic violence and financial empowerment services, we hope you’ll join the Challenge as a 2017 Purple Purse Community Partner. Complete the application by August 1st.…

Getting The Message Out

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Monday and the start of a new week–what a beautiful summer day!  I hope all went well over the weekend. I had a quiet couple of days with Harry and Reilly. The heat and humidity don’t agree with me anymore, so we went out for…

My Writing Process

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Friday and the beginning of another weekend—except now it’s summer—more time for gardening, barbequing and exercising outside in the warm weather. After this past weekend, we’re taking it easy. My geraniums need pruning and watering, and Harry will cook something out on the grill. We’ve…

First Day Of Summer

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I went to the Farmer’s Market with a friend this morning to buy some organic vegetables and salad for dinner. We were nurses together at the hospital, and she has retired, too. I was feeling guilty about all the high cholesterol food we’d had for Father’s…

Cherry Pie

  Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope you had a peaceful Father’s Day. Saturday night, Reilly and I had an early Father’s Day celebration for Harry. He loved the cheese soufflé and Father’s Day cards. “Pris, you’re the best, thank you, sweetheart—and you too, Reilly,” he gave him a pat.…

12 Tips on Cell Phone Safety and Privacy

As cell phones become smarter, they’re more like mini computers that contain lots of personal information about us. Here are 12 easy steps to take to manage your privacy and safety when using your cell phone. 1. Put a passcode on your phone. The easiest thing for you to do…

Writing In Class

Happy Friday, Priscilla Bennett Friends, The weather has cooled down, and we’re getting ready for the weekend. I bought a couple of Father’s Day cards for Harry from myself and Reilly—separate cards—Reilly wants his own and so do I. The two of us are having our own Father’s Day celebration…

Don’t Worry, You’ll Get Used To It

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Here it is the middle of the week and June—soon summer will officially be here, and Father’s Day is this coming Sunday. Our daughters are organizing a family lunch for Harry. It’s going to be at Jennifer’s my eldest daughter’s house—a ten-minute drive—and all I have…

Getting Ready to Leave – A Guideline

Make a plan for how you are going to leave, including where you’re going to go, and how to cover your tracks. Make one plan for if you have time to prepare to leave the home. Make another plan for if you have to leave the home in a hurry.…

Doing The Carrots And More

  It’s Monday, the start of a new week, and I hope all of you Priscilla Bennett Friends had a peaceful weekend. I used to love the heat, but now that I’m older, I find it doesn’t agree with me. I was happy to stay inside with Harry. He had…

The Next Step

Thank goodness it’s Friday for all of you hard-working Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s the end of the week, and I hope you are well and can catch up on some rest. I keep thinking about how I wrote my novel and wanted to continue with my thoughts. My next step…

The Beginnings Of My Novel

  Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s mid-week, and I hope all of you are well. I’ve been fighting a cold, and it’s kept me quieter than usual with time to reflect on the process of writing my novel. I knew I wanted to write about domestic violence and bring a…

Supporting Our Children Worried About Terrorism

Our advice can help parents talk to their children worried about recent events If you’re concerned about how a child is feeling following the tragic events in Manchester on Monday 22nd May and in London on Saturday 3rd June, you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 for…

How I Began Writing

  Dear Priscilla Bennett Community, I hope you had a peaceful weekend. I did some long overdue spring cleaning and took some clothing that I knew I’d never get into again over to the women’s shelter. They always need contributions. The cleaning process is good for me—getting rid of unnecessary…

15 Types of Verbal Abuse in Relationships

The abuser feels more powerful when he puts down his victim. If we look at verbal abuse as a means of maintaining control and power over someone, we can think of the types of verbal abuse listed and explained in this post as being ways that someone tries to dominate…

My Father’s Birthday

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Friday June 2, and my father’s birthday is today. He’s no longer with us, but I always think about what he gave me as a parent—unconditional love, stability and support. Gifts so many daughters don’t get from a parent that should be their birthright. I…

June 2 is #WearOrange Day to Address Gun Violence

Julianne Moore Has No Faith in the Federal Government to Fix America’s Gun Violence Problem [Yahoo Celebrity] Elizabeth Durand Streisand Yahoo CelebrityJune 1, 2017 Julianne Moore lights the Empire State Building to honor National Gun Violence Awareness Day with Everytown for Gun Safety. (Photo: Empire State Building) View photos Julianne…