Tag Archives: Diane Brunet-Garcia

Speak Up - Silence is a Bully's Best Friend

Speak Up – Silence Is a Bully’s Best Friend

Thirteen-year-old Breeanna DeGrove’s face, which had been full of youthful lightheartedness, suddenly takes on a sad countenance when the subject of school bullying comes up. “It started in the fourth grade. They started giving me a hard time verbally about my weight. They said some really hurtful things to me, and I kept silent for such a long time.” Breeanna, or Bree as most people know her, pauses for a moment, taking in the rainy view from a Starbuck’s on Jacksonville’s Northside. “Other kids saw what was going on, but they wouldn’t say anything, and some of them would join …

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Downtown On The Rise

If our homes and workplaces are our first two social environments, a third place is anywhere else we go to socialize. Coined by urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg, third places are everyday gathering places that are the anchors of community life. They are easily accessible – often walkable, are welcoming and comfortable with a set of “regulars,” and usually include food or drinks as a key part of the experience. These are the places where we go to make our own entertainment. Great Downtowns have great third places. Urban living means trading in backyards for a variety of walkable hangouts. From …

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october, 2021

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