,,Shame is the most powerful master emotion.It’s the fear that we are not good enough.”

             ~PhD  Brene Brown


Today the author of Pure Trash, Bette A.Stevens wants her voice to be heard 



        Bette A. Stevens is a retired teacher living in Central Maine.

        Stevens is the author of two children’s books and  has written articles for ECHOES, The Northern  Maine Journal of Rural Culture based in Caribou,  Maine. Her release latest is entitled PURE TRASH,             The Story for the Middle-grade/YA/Adult audience which is a prequel to her upcoming debut novel is available in paperback and kindle versions. PURE TRASH, The Novel will be a coming-of-age story featuring Shawn Daniels, the short story’s protagonist. Find out more about the author and her book at

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If we start teaching our children to speak respectfully at a young age and to not use that type of language then maybe we can prevent it.

Summer-Salting Dreams

“Sticks and stones may break my bone, but words will never hurt me”

I have to say that’s one of the biggest balls of bullshit I’ve ever heard in my life.

I’m not going to be lame and tell you to throw a dictionary at whoever tells you that. Because today’s post is a serious one. So let’s act solemn.


Words hurt. It’s an actual fact. Humans are vulnerable when their emotions are being attacked. Yes, sure. Sticks and stones really do break your bones. But some scars can still heal when received the right treatment and medication and i emphasize on some scars.

Whereas your emotions are not physical. You can’t apply medicine to them. You can’t put a plaster on them and expect them to heal. The only treatments available are through counselling and support from loved ones. If you refuse to heal, you’d most probably end up…

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It is important that we watch what we say, and take our words seriously!


It's Time To Stop

I’ve recently became aware of the “words hurt” campaign which raises awareness on our everyday language and how the words we are using may be hurting others. We’ve become so numb to the words we use and this campaign is a great way to bring this issue to light. “That’s so gay” “That test raped me” “This class is retarded” are just some of the many slurs people use without thinking. The fact is, using these terms in a negative context, even if we don’t mean for them to be negative, is still hurtful to others and it’s time to stop. Join me, and the many others, in eliminating the negative slurs from our everyday language. Be a catalyst for change and stand up to words that hurt.

~The beauty of standing up for your rights is that others will see you standing and stand up as well~

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Words have consequences!


It is pretty exhausting to try to figure out how other people see you.

It can break up friendships and impact your own self value.

However there has to be a point where you just say, this is me, take me or leave me.  When you get to that point, that is up to you because we are all different.  We all change, we all grow and for fuck sake we all make mistakes.  That is what makes us human.  If we were the same person emotionally and personality wise at 30 and 15, it would be a huge mess all over the place.  I believe that we all go through cycles, but there are always some strong qualities that stay with us.

One that really can change over time is confidence it can come and go through our life depending on difference experiences.  Confidence can be impacted by a…

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Watch what you say!


You say , “I don’t like you!”

I say, “I don’t care, but you can’t see my heart is breaking.”

You say, “I don’t like you, I say I don’t care—–but you’re the one who doesn’t care.

Watch your words, because words hurt and they may be forgiven, but NEVER forgotten.

Even if you say, “Oh, I didn’t mean it, well it meant something to me.”

Your words, “I don’t like you, means: you’re dumb, you’re stupid, you’re not worth anything; who cares, why was I ever born, you’re ugly, you won’t amount to anything.”

The world is out there, but my world is me—–in my heart, and your words just broke my Spirit—–who am I—–my worth?

I can choose to forget it or let it fester and keep on festering until one day I am invisible and the me, I was created to be—–Dies.

A poem from childhood says:…

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