Mixed Bag

Thursday, Jan 28

We’re on a good-weather roll here in Spokane. The sun is summer-bright this morning–hard to believe this is January.

I was feeling rocky yesterday, but I’m better today.

At least, I was, until I tuned in to the news. It’s usually my policy to stay silent on most issues, because convincing you of anything is not the reason I write this blog and surely not the reason you read it. But this one really broke my heart.

Another death related to cyber-bullying? Cruelty of this magnitude astounds me–what possesses people (mostly teenagers, but remember the mother posing as a boy on MySpace?) to be so unspeakably mean?

Like Sam O’Ballivan, in “The Man from Stone Creek”, I cannot abide a bully. The ‘mean girl’ mind-set makes me furious.

I know a lot of young women and not a few young men read my books. Here’s my message to you: If you’re being bullied online, via text, whatever, block the sender. Take a few minutes to cool down. Then tell someone–a parent, a teacher, your minister. Someone. And realize this: There is nothing wrong with you, but there is a LOT wrong with the other person.

You are wonderful, you are unique, and you have a part to play in the world, things to contribute.

The bullies, on the other hand? Let’s just say, I wouldn’t want their karma.

About Linda

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West.

Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane.

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