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Re: “It feels good at first — to punish a body you don't love

What a strong woman you are, Scarlett! Your valiant message will certainly reach many people who need to see their story in print. Brava!

Posted by James C. Glica-Hernandez on 09/13/2014 at 4:45 PM

Re: “It feels good at first — to punish a body you don't love

I related this to alcohol. For years, I luxuriated in the pain of a hangover. But it comes from a much similar place.

Posted by Belinda Carroll on 09/12/2014 at 7:02 PM

Re: “It feels good at first — to punish a body you don't love

Reading this was incredibly difficult, but ultimately rewarding, because it so closely mirrors the thoughts that flit through my head every single day. I truly do understand, and you're not alone in this. For what this may be worth: it's a long journey with many steps backwards, but every step forward makes you realize how much joy and excitement and beauty there is to life that you've been missing out on and that is too precious to let pass by. Keep at it! If I can do it, you can!!!

Posted by Anonymous on 09/11/2014 at 10:29 PM

Re: “It feels good at first — to punish a body you don't love

You are speaking to many people out there! Brave and well written!

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Posted by Mamawipe on 09/11/2014 at 5:17 PM

Re: “If you don't want to scare off your date, clamp down on your Ben Wa balls

I've had a couple surgeries from cancer. Can these help me tone my muscles back up?

Posted by kstrange41 on 09/10/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “As milestones go, the big 3-0 isn't such a big deal. Right?

Always thought (as a man, that is) that 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' shown single and independent American women coming of a 'certain' age like the online piece's author, how to live and enjoy their socio-cultural/economic status with a joyous toss of a stylish fall season head-cap into the air (freeze frame extra, of course).

It just seems like most of the current popular media depictions have such women pretty much defining their so-called daily bread of life/enjoyment by a man (or several choices of men) such as the network shows 'The Mindy Project', 'New Girl', or Lena Durham's cable series, movies starring either Jennifer Aniston or the latest post-teen 'It' girl actress sensation (insert any name, 'cause there's several dozen to choose from), and the social media gossip trough itself (Meg Ryan broke up with John Cougar Mellencamp!!!!!!!!!!).

The funny and interesting thing about MTM's show is that Mary Richards was able to balance her separate plates of a love life, friendships ( i.e. Rhoda), personal me-time (knitting alone in her apartment) and work life at the news station skillfully like a Cirque Soleil juggler, and a lot more sexier too.

Even in that vintage-horrid 70's polyester pant-suit, to boot.

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Posted by Conslor on 09/04/2014 at 5:46 AM

Re: “Don't want to go to college, eh? Here's a dirty secret — you don't have to

I don't think this is a dangerous point of view at all. In fact, it is quite liberating and it tells us that there is not ONLY one path in life. Sure, college grads may make more money, but what exactly are they sacrificing for that money, that car, that house, that status?
Besides these days college is obscenely expensive. If mommy and daddy arn't paying for it and you don't have a scholarship, then most of the time you are stuck with enormous loans that you may never pay off. So you might make more money, but you will also spend a lot more and often people find that they become slaves to their jobs, because they are slaves to their college loans and all of their stuff!
Having said all of that, I am a college grad., I don't have any outstanding loans because I went to MTSU and got a good education at a reasonable price. And while I learned a lot in college and did have a teaching career for four years, I am not now using my college degree in the work I am doing, and I am much happier as a non-professional than I ever was as a professional teacher. I loved my kids and my classroom and my subject, but the rest of the public school culture I can definitely live without!!!
There are so many alternatives these days to college. The world is bigger and better than you anticipate and while college is for many it is not for everyone and you should not be made to feel bad because you did not follow the rest of the folks down a path that was not right for you.
I am grateful for this perspective. Thanks for sharing!!!

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Posted by Jessica M Enzo on 09/02/2014 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Don't want to go to college, eh? Here's a dirty secret — you don't have to

kind of a dangerous point of view exhibited here. i am glad it seemed to work out for you.

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Posted by Further on 08/29/2014 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Don't want to go to college, eh? Here's a dirty secret — you don't have to

While I certainly don't feel as if those who don't wish to attend college should feel obligated to do so, one should be aware that there are significant benefits to doing so. One need only Google income and college graduate to quantify the economic benefits.

Anecdotally, college and graduate school were crucial to my ability to obtain and retain gainful employment for the past decade and a half. A key component of this was the development of critical thinking skills and the exposure to ideas, theories, art, culture and people I wouldn't have otherwise. These experiences have played a significant role in shaping my adult life. Certainly I'd be a very different person if I'd not spent those 6 years at university.

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Posted by TobintheGnome on 08/28/2014 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

Tina, Thank you for sharing your heart-wrenching story. Last year my nephew took his life. He was attending an Ivy League University. He was 21 years old. He was brilliant. He too was suffering from depression. He took his life on my birthday. I pray for his mother, my sister, daily. I cannot even imagine the pain she is suffering.

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Posted by Anna on 08/27/2014 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

Tina...Thank you for sharing this in hopes of helping other families. So beautifully and painfully written! I still think of Cam often and love you so much! Shelly

Posted by Shelly Patterson on 08/22/2014 at 6:14 AM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

Tina...I love you and your courage to share this with the world in hopes that it will help other families who are facing this. Beautiful and heartfelt. I still think of Cam often and what an amazing young man he was. Love you! Shelly

Posted by Shelly Patterson on 08/22/2014 at 5:56 AM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

Oh my beautiful friend. This is viscerally honest and heartrending. You are the bravest soul I know. Peace to you, Jimmy and Ali.

Posted by Janet Ivey-Duensing on 08/22/2014 at 4:57 AM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) would like to thank Ms. Patterson for sharing her story, and the Scene for providing her with this opportunity.

TSPN offers free resources on mental health and suicide prevention via its website (www.tspn.org).

If you or someone you love is severely depressed or actively suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. Trained operators are standing by 24-7 to provide you with the help you need.

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Posted by Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network on 08/21/2014 at 2:22 PM

Re: “When puppy love yields to doggie divorce, the separation can be final

Haaaaa @Kim ... I may take you (and Otis, if I can catch her) up on that.

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Posted by AbbyW on 08/21/2014 at 11:51 AM

Re: “When puppy love yields to doggie divorce, the separation can be final

Omg in crying... So sad!!!!

Posted by Melanie Vare on 08/21/2014 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

Heartfelt and brave. Thank you, Tina.

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Posted by Sara A. Fortenberry on 08/21/2014 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

Beautifully written piece, Tina. Thank you for sharing it, for your bravery, and for your honesty. Sending you love and wishing you peace.

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Posted by Mimi E on 08/21/2014 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

Tina... thank you so much for your bravery. This is what grace means to me.

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Posted by clairecgibson on 08/21/2014 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Let the call every parent fears — a child's suicide — be a wake-up call for other parents

Tina, just ... wow. I am in awe of your writing and your willingness to share this story. Thank you.

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Posted by Hal Humphreys on 08/21/2014 at 8:56 AM

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