"It can’t happen to me." Many high school students and young adults, seduced by their sense of invincibility, are stunned when they are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI). But the fact is that anyone can catch an STI: no age group, social class, economic class, culture, religion, gender, or ethnic group is immune.
To drive home the risks and realities of unprotected sex, Dr. Jill Grimes shares real-life stories of young people―medical students, college freshmen, teenagers, young parents, talented entrepreneurs―who have gotten an STI. Dr. Grimes narrates the story of Liz, who got syphilis; Sofia, diagnosed with gonorrhea and chlamydia; and Zoe, with pubic lice. She describes how Justin got herpes, Sean got trichomoniasis, and Luke contracted hepatitis C. The accounts of these young men and women and their exam-room conversations with their doctors evoke both the physical symptoms and complicated emotional reactions that often go together with infection. Fact sheets throughout the book explain each sexually transmitted infection and answer frequently asked questions about symptoms, treatment, and prevention.
Used in high schools for the past five years, this new edition of Seductive Delusions shows how technological advances have speeded doctor-patient communication, including test results and treatment recommendations. It explains simplified STI testing, explores the frighteningly high incidence of date sexual assault, examines dramatic changes in cervical cancer prevention and Pap tests, and clarifies why HPV vaccines are now routinely recommended for all children―boys and girls.
Whether reading the book from cover to cover or jumping directly to a specific disease, readers will relate to the dramatic stories while learning medically reliable information. Making emotionally and physically safe decisions about sex is easier when you know how STIs are spread, how to avoid getting one, what their symptoms are, and how they are diagnosed and treated.
Growing up with ten siblings on a farm in rural Grove City, PA, Beth Voltz came in contact with many animals, as one would expect when you live on a farm. But the Voltz family farm would usually have a few additions each week—the townspeople would often drop off their unwanted, or worse, dying animals for the Voltz family to take care of. Grave Tales: Stories from Wolf Creek is a heartfelt collection of short stories about the ducks, cats, dogs, and birds that Beth would befriend, all the while knowing that they wouldn't be around for very long.
Elisabeth Voltz was born on a farm in Grove City PA, the tenth child to a horticulturalist and a mathematician/exorcist. There she collected unlucky and even suicidal animals, accumulating tragic death stories until she moved to Pittsburgh twelve years ago to become a video editor at Animal Inc.
Teens: How do you get your parents to hear you, take you seriously and prepare for your future? How to Raise Respectful Parents is your guide for how to do both.
Parents: Does your teen tune you out? Do you wonder how to communicate so they more easily tune in? How to Raise Respectful Parents is your guide to improved teen communication.
How to Raise Respectful Parents is a teen’s guide to navigating adult culture by equipping teens with communication skills. Each chapter introduces a new communication skill by using real world examples and conversations between parents and teens. Teens will feel empowered as they try their new communication skills at home, school and work, laying a foundation for entering adulthood. These skills empower teens while enticing parents to read and practice the relationship building and communication skills outlined in the book. Teens will learn how to grow meaningful, more satisfying relationships with their parents through sample conversations and communication exercises about popular teen subjects including homework, driving, friends, dating, social media and more. Tips are also included for helping teens deal with adult culture.
Clear your schedule and explore 2,000 years of thrilling adventures packed with mystery, fascinating personalities, ingenuity, prayer and unshakable faith!
Why is there a tunnel under the king's bed?
How did a village teacher escape from a den of pirates?
Why did people living on an island disappear after each Shabbos only to reappear the following Friday?
This incredibly fun and exhilarating compilation of vintage stories will leave you breathless as you read about spine-tingling tests and challenges faced by Jewish heroes through the ages. Exhale and celebrate with them as they emerge victorious against incredible odds.
Love-Explained gives a single all-encompassing definition for what love is. I believe this is the only book ever to do this. I will describe the love thought process in a way that is humorous and easy to understand for youth and adult. Any other attempt to explain love always ends conceding that there are many kinds of love. But that's right where my book begins. I will explain romantic love, parental love, love of sports teams, activities, objects, etc., all in one theory.
You would think that as important love is to everybody that we would have a single definition for it. But it turns out the great thinkers of the world are just as likely to be captivated and confused by love as anybody else. Most of the time we use poems, music, romance novels, etc., to stop ourselves from thinking about love in an educated way. I did not stop thinking. Not until I had a hypothesis that could verify it's truth by covering all circumstances, like any good theory. I guarantee I have done that.
One of the ways we measure love is through our expectations. We have expectations for our relatives (for example) that they will; be there for us when we're in need, want what's best for us or be there when we get home. To contrast that, can you imagine having relatives who would not be there for you if you needed them or did not care what was best for you? How about a relative you have never met? Would you say this relative loved you? Most would say.
One of the ways we recognize if we or others are in love is if our behavior is changing. If we normally do poker night or ladies night out and now we want to spend time with our girlfriend or boyfriend, we notice the change. If we try to be nicer, more available, faithful or cleaner than we would normally, we notice our changes. If the guys are saying their friend is whipped, they're noticing his change. To contrast that can you imagine not caring enough to change for your boyfriend or girlfriend. Not caring if you're clean, nice, available or faithful for them. Would you say you loved them? Most would say no.
In the book Love-Explained, Mark explains how as we mature, society builds expectations in us for what love should be like. Emotions and changes in our behavior are then interpreted by society to call these changes love. We also fill in the blanks to create our own unique expectations for what love should be to us.
Seven-year-old little girls love their daddy. Kathy was no exception, so when her daddy started paying “special” attention to her, she felt “special” in turn. Her daddy loved her… what could be better than that?
Few betrayals run as deep as the betrayal of being sexually abused throughout your childhood by the man you should have been able to trust with your life. For Kathy, the betrayal ran deeper because when she finally found the courage to start speaking out about what her abuser did to her, her family responded by labeling her a liar and a troublemaker.
Kathy didn’t stop speaking out though. In fact, she spoke out more, eventually becoming a powerful voice in the nine year campaign to get both the criminal and civil statute of limitations extended for child sex abuse crimes changed in Massachusetts. On June 26, 2014, the day the civil bill was signed into law, Kathy was finally able to file suit against her abuser.
Abusers get away with their crimes because the thought of confronting them—even through legitimate legal channels—can be a terrifying prospect for a victim. Yes, Kathy’s story as a victim is filled with years of sexual abuse and threats, but there are many more years filled with personal and professional triumphs as her life progressed beyond the physical and emotional reach of her abuser. Kathy is inspirational proof that good people can win, and that speaking out and fighting for what you truly believe in can help make this world a better place to live.
Three guys I didn’t recognize stood outside the door as I came down the steps of a Chicago apartment building. I had just finished up collecting newspaper fees for delivering the daily paper. One stepped inside, walked toward me, and said, “What’s up?” I looked at him and said, “What’s up with you?” As he stepped closer I saw a gun in his waistband and it made me think of my father, who always said, “Think before you react, son.” If I reach for his gun, I thought, he could be faster than me. He also had buddies just outside the door. My decision was made for me when the boys stepped into the hallway and surrounded me. It took me only a second to think, Is your life worth ninety bucks of newspaper collection fees? I pulled the money out of my pocket and handed it over, and he said, “Now that’s what I’m talking about.” He pulled out his gun, pointed it at me, and pulled the trigger. I knew at a young age in my city of Chicago that more bad things were happening than good, especially for me, an African American growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, living on the South Side.
Given that, our teachers should have been our role models. Yet when held after class one day, my teacher told me, “To set you on the right path, I want you to strive to be . . . a custodian.” I jumped up and said, “I don’t want to be no janitor.” He said, “Now, now, you’re a ‘N’ and there’s not a lot of opportunities for ‘N’s.” I ran to the Stump, the crumbling steps of an apartment building where I knew Mrs. Hannaberry would be, and I told her what my teacher had said. She hugged me and responded, “You are better than this, and you are going to do better. Let no one tell you different. The first thing you must do is believe in yourself. Do you believe?” The Stump prepared me for my life-long journey. It shaped me to see a brighter future, realize I had a future. It all started at the Stump—my way out.
Based on the premise that no one is born a failure, author James A. Barlow maintains it is necessary for young people, particularly those of color, to view themselves from a different perspective-one that embraces their strengths, defies racism, and rejects the self-destructive behavior that has contributed to the perpetual state of turmoil in which many find themselves. In From the Corner to the Corner Office, Barlow offers an autobiography that narrates his life story and then outlines the steps others can take to lead better lives. He discusses his struggles as a child and his experiences as a hustler. He highlights his achievements after turning his life around and illustrates how hard work, determination, goal-setting, and a positive attitude are the best remedies to counter Racism, Institutional failure, and Parental neglect ("Rip"). Barlow presents a blueprint, laying out the basic steps to improve one's life by emphasizing the importance of education, cultural awareness and self-determination.