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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Truth Behind Fiction

In Flight For Sanity... 


Empowering Women! 

As you all know my recent novel, Flight For Sanity, has been released, where truth mirrors fiction. Enjoy a little snippet of truth within the novel about Zonta, and how to join our meeting tonight. 

Flight For Sanity

            “Would you answer a question?” Darby asked her union rep.
            “Depends what it is,” Phil said, with a laugh.
            “If you told your wife not to walk after dark and she does, and then she get’s raped, I’m curious what her reaction would be when you tell her that it was her fault because she didn’t listen to you.”
            “That’s entirely different.”
            “How so?” Darby raised an eyebrow.
            “Because, this wasn’t a rape.”
            “Bullshit! They screwed me without my permission,” Darby snapped. “The violated my rights and took part of my soul. What do you call it—business?”
            “Just hang in there,” Phil said. “On a lighter note, do you know what abused women have in common?”
            “What?” Darby said, flatly. She’d heard this joke before, but there was no way in hell he would actually speak the words. Not with what was going on.
            “They just don’t listen.”
            “Thanks for words of wisdom.” Darby rolled her eyes as she ended the call.
            That was the reality of what was happening here. The world had become politically correct, and everyone smiled and said the right thing. Yet the disrespect for women ran deep. If a man didn’t listen, he was being proactive and assertive, but a woman deserved to be put in her place and thrown away. 
        Darby pulled her coat on and threw her purse over her shoulder. Violence against women ran deep, and she was proud to be part of Zonta International. She knew her mother had been abused, which was the reason she had kicked her father out, and thus joined the group to help prevent that violence worldwide. She headed outside, the wind was gusting something crazy.
            Zonta was a leading global organization of professionals that empowered women worldwide through service and advocacy. They recognized a woman's rights and strived to help her to achieve her full potential in a world where no woman would live in fear of violence. She unlocked her car and climbed inside. Most people envisioned violence as physical. But psychological violence was equally as bad and often led to suicide.
          Nearly half of all women in the United States would experience psychological aggression by someone in a close relationship. Add the workplace to that equation and those statistics were more than frightening. She gripped the steering wheel with both hands, and placed her forehead against the coolness of the leather.
            Darby never imagined in her wildest dreams her company could do this to her, when all she did was submit a safety report on their operating practices. They were in the process of psychologically tearing her down. Perhaps it was damn time to show them exactly what she was made of. She sat upright and started her car. 

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Zonta Meeting Tonight! 


Time: Feb 23, 2017 7:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
(6:30 PM for you in Seattle)
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    Please click this URL to start or join. https://iastate.zoom.us/j/199397993 
    Or, go to https://iastate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 199 397 993  
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Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene


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