Getting Real with Abby

Getting Real with Abby The goal of my page is providing a venue about mental health and social issues, and creating a dialo

There is such stigma about mental health and social concerns that people are too quick to hush, look the other way and not want to deal with the issues that are staring us all in the face. We cannot continue to ignore these issues as the repercussions are enormous.

Operating as usual


“Democracy calls us to have uncomfortable conversations. It asks us to listen to each other even when we would rather be listening to ourselves. It is easier and more comfortable for us to live in perpetual high dudgeon inside our echo chambers than it is to have a meaningful conversation with people who disagree with us. The entire outrage industry has been designed to keep us in our bubbles, never challenged by disagreement and never required to think that we might be wrong.” ― Michael Austin, We Must Not Be Enemies: Restoring America's Civic Tradition

Photos from Upper Cumberland Habitat ReStore's post

Photos from Upper Cumberland Habitat ReStore's post


One of the trickiest things about healing is being still long enough to feel discomfort. Discomfort, by definition is uncomfortable. And yet, it’s also what motivates us to change and heal.
If we have been hurt by others, pain motivates us to close down. We protect ourselves from further harm by resolving to let nothing in… at all.
If we have harmed others, intentionally or not, we cope by similarly tuning out of sensation, blocking out the suffering we have caused because to stay in it, means we must face the hurt and damage which can be a lot to bear.  We see this play out in intimate relationships, sweeping small acts of hurt under the rug by saying – “Sorry, I didn’t mean it” but doing nothing to take ownership of the actions nor actionable repair of the harm caused by negligent behavior.

We see this in larger contexts too – in racism & white supremacy, white people feeling ‘helpless’, but not being still long enough to feel the weight of the harm caused, collectively over generations. Bouncing back with excuses and ‘what-about-ery’, bracing with defence rather than acknowledging harm & responding compassionately with action & change.
We see this in gender dynamics too whether lovers or friends; women doing more emotional labor, living more spiritually burdened, carrying more social weight, simply because men haven’t learned how to – getting away with it, because it’s just “how it is”. The price women pay in community with men unwilling to share the load, is a life less lived, simply to accommodate those unwilling to do their share & take care of themselves.

Sometimes the greatest act of love is to slow down long enough and feel… everything. Healing begins with feeling.


🚨 July business announcement 🚨


I am SO excited to announce that I have partnered up with Highlands Residential Services to offer free grooming to their senior residents as part of my community program!

If you’d like to donate time or any resources, they would greatly appreciated!

As soon as I get a date nailed down in July, I will share and maybe we can all come together to spoil these fur babies and their families! I would love to make this a monthly service for them, but I need your help!

Things that would be lovely to be able to give out to these families (cats and dogs):

Cat toys
Dog toys
Kitty litter
Dog treats
Cat treats
Dog food
Cat food
Cat trees
Dog collars
Cat collars
Dog leashes

If you’d like to donate funds, I have PayPal and venmo as well:)


This law takes effect in 2023.

ISHARED FROM ANOTHER POST:It is my duty and my obligation to remind you that today as of sunset on the 27th of April, 20...

It is my duty and my obligation to remind you that today as of sunset on the 27th of April, 2022, is not a day for laughter and jokes but rather a day for tears, remembrance and reflection. Forgive me but I will be making several posts centered around "Yom Hashoah Remembrance Day", a day that Israel commemorates the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the deaths of 6 million Jews and 11 million others, by the N**i regime and its collaborators. I ask that all members of my tribe join me for 6 minutes of silence (1 minute for each of the million Jews murdered) as we remember and reflect on the 6 million Jews who perished.. many of whom were my relatives including Great Grand parents, Grand Parents, Uncles, Aunts, cousins and a half brother all murdered in the Holocaust..


Thought for the your life imperfectly with great delight ❤️

I have to get more comfortable with all these gadgets!!

I have to get more comfortable with all these gadgets!!

Photos from Nick Beres NC5's post

Photos from Nick Beres NC5's post


News Release

Murfreesboro Police Department adds first mental health co-responder

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (February 11, 2022) – The Murfreesboro Police Department (MPD) has partnered with Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System in adding the department's first mental health co-responder.

Heather Noulis is a full-time employee with Volunteer Behavioral Health Murfreesboro but is assigned to work with Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officers at MPD. Her office is at MPD headquarters.

Noulis will assist officers responding to mental health calls for service and conduct evaluations and assessments of mental health consumers.

“Bridging the gap between law enforcement and mental health with on-scene resources is our goal,” said Noulis. “Reducing the stigma surrounding mental health in our community is key.”

"This is an example of a cooperative effort between law enforcement and mental health professionals in addressing an issue that affects the lives of many," said Chief Michael Bowen. "Noulis' education and background as a mental health professional can assist our officers in dealing with individuals experiencing a crisis event and getting them the help they need."

More than 60 MPD officers and dispatchers have completed a 40-hour Crisis Intervention Training course. All other officers are required to undergo specialized mental health training.

Noulis started her new role Wednesday, Feb. 9. She will respond to calls with CIT Instructor/Officer Quentin Peeler, and other CIT officers.


“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”
— Confucius

Yes. It is that simple!!

Yes. It is that simple!!

Simple as that ❤️


"Why doesn't she just leave?"

When it comes to relationship abuse, it's never as easy as “just leaving.” Fear, shame, threats, hope for change, the children, lack of resources - there are a lot of elements that influence a person’s decision to stay in an abusive relationship.

Over 70% of domestic violence murders happen after the victim has ended the relationship - which makes leaving the most dangerous thing a victim can do.

Help is available, and you are not alone.

UCFJC Putnam County: (931) 528-1512
UCFJC Overton County: (931) 644-3963


Love Jane Goodall!

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Masks required at all University of Tennessee locations for fall semester, including UTC
Masks required at all University of Tennessee locations for fall semester, including UTC

Masks required at all University of Tennessee locations for fall semester, including UTC

Returning students will be required to wear masks at all indoor locations on the campus of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga for the fall semester, according to the University of Tennessee. The policy goes into effect on all University of Tennessee campuses across the state. A release says cam...

Read this and then read this again!

Read this and then read this again!


We do need better radar coverage!!
Great article!!


As most of you know I was recently on Forged in Fire, season 8 episode 22. I want to thank the Middle TN and Blacksmithing community for all of your cheers and support. I am humbled by the amount of messages and well wishes I have recieved over this past week. I also want to thank TCAT Livingston and CHS for giving me the opportunity to teach and inspire the young people in our community to be better versions of themselves.

I am proud to announce that my stay at CHS is assured for next year! All my classes are completely full! I am excited to see what the next school year brings, but I am definitely ready for Summer Break.

With the school year over, I'll be spending most of my time getting my storefront, The Iron Will Gallery, in Sparta TN up and running. Thank you all for being patient with me and for all the support. I cant tell you how excited I am to be part of the Sparta community. Feel free to stop in and say Hello!

Timeline photos

Timeline photos

"Now I'm countin' on you to carry me through
Oh, give me the beat, boys, and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock 'n' roll and drift away
Hey, give me the beat, boys, and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock 'n' roll and drift away" ~ Drift Away/Dobie Gray


So many of you participated in the polls regarding yesterday about your relationship with your mother. Here are the results:
-Over 80% of you said your mom struggled liking her body
-Over 50% of you said your mom body shamed you
-Over 85% of you said your mom frequently dieted or was trying to lose weight.
-Less than 25% had a mom that actually celebrated her body.
Yes, your mother’s relationship (good and not-so-good) affects the relationship you have with your body. This does not mean that this is the only reason why you may struggle with your body. It is not. There are many reasons why you may suffer from a negative body image.


The Putnam County Fair will feature Jake Hoot in Concert...a native of Putnam County and Winner of the Voice 2019. Bring your own chair if you want to sit in the arena down front...$5 admission. Grandstand seating is also available.




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