Unplug for Safety

Headphones, earbuds and airpods are a fixture in today's society. Whether you use them to make phone calls, listen to a playlist, stream...

You're Not Normal.

That’s okay, I’m not normal either. I’m a white, 50-something, married, Christian female American citizen of Scottish and Native American...

You Have No Idea Who You’re Dealing With

If you watch TV or movies at all, you’ve likely heard the trope, “You have no idea who you’re dealing with.” Awkward grammatical...

I See You

I see you. Trying to act casual and fade into the background, hoping nobody notices you. I watch you checking things out, looking at...

Freedom Has a Price

On Independence Day especially, I contemplate the countless freedoms we enjoy in the United States of America. Our freedom was paid for...

No is a Complete Sentence

“No” is a complete sentence. Anything else either clarifies or amplifies your message. In terms of self defense, anyone who won’t take...

How to Fight: Two Simple Steps

Don’t do it. You could wind up in the hospital, the court system, or the morgue. Use every available means NOT to fight. Apologize. ...

Susan's Stalker

My friend Susan* has a stalker. They met through a mutual acquaintance, he asked her out, and she said no. That should have been the...

Don't Be Fooled by a Good Guesser

Fortune tellers do it. Identity thieves do it. Phishers do it. Salespeople even do it, to a certain extent. Taking a little bit of...

Sparring Is Not Fighting

Amateur and professional sports events such as Mixed Martial Arts, boxing and professional wrestling, as well as Taekwon-Do, Jiu-Jitsu,...

Worth Fighting For?

Know yourself and what you’re willing to fight for. This can’t be a game-time decision…it must involve some soul-searching and personal...

6 Reasons Parking Garages Can Be Scary

More people have asked me about parking garage safety than any other topic. For several reasons, these structures especially strike fear...

Listen to Yourself

“Would you just listen to yourself?” Although this sounds like something your best friend might say when you’re being unreasonable, or...

Don't Go In...This Isn't a Movie

Self defense begins with making safe choices for yourself and those for whom you are responsible. Sometimes habit or emotion gets in the...

Can a Book Save Your Life?

“This book can save your life.” Although that’s what the cover of my favorite book asserts, I disagree. Neither this book nor any other...

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