On Saturday, August 17, 2013, SR Staley participated in the Reader Meet Writer author festival, an outstanding opportunity for authors working out of the Big Bend region of North Florida and Southern Georgia to market themselves and their books. The event was hosted by the Thomas County (GA) Public Library with the help of the Bookshelf and Gallery. The following is a slightly edited version of his remarks.
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Guest post by Theresa Murphy*
I found the perspective on self defense and motivation in the post "Self Defense is Social Defense" interesting but probably not in the way many people would expect. I do not find it strange that the woman had trouble punching harder when she pictured her rapist. She was described as a student leader, an athlete, a fit young woman. I am sure she, like all women who are raped when they are conscious, fought back. I am sure she ...<< MORE >>
Recently, martial-arts icon Bill Wallace provided a list of five “myths” about martial arts for Black Belt Magazine. I agreed with Wallace on four of the five myths, but the fifth one was a doosey and I struggled with it until I was finally compelled to comment on this blog. (NOTE: Black Belt magazine is an excellent publication and has lots of good material on self-defense. I subscribe ...<< MORE >>
Perhaps the most important question in the aftermath of George Zimmerman’s acquittal on murder charges is the one no one is asking: What role should guns play in self-defense?
Some argue guns should play no role, but this is simply unrealistic, impractical and, ultimately wrong. When faced with overwhelming and life threatening force, a gun may well be the best and most effective tool. Guns truly are the great equalizer.
But the tragedy George Zimmerman trial is that Trayvon Martin’s death was neither inevitable nor necessary. ...<< MORE >>
In an earlier blog post, I discussed the controversial principle that someone who has the ability to prevent violence from happening might still not use that power. The blog was inspired by movie "Man of Steel" where the young Clark Kent is coached by his father not to use his powers because he was afraid humans wouldn't understand the powers and react negatively and destructively to Clark and others.
The concept ...