Read First – Terms of Use

Using this site constitutes an understanding of disclaimer and agreement to the terms of use.

1: This blog is collection of writings, resources and music, most of it my original and copyrighted work: All Rights Reserved. I honor and appreciate fair use sharing with full attribution and link back to this site.

2: This blog is not an advice column. I am not a licensed therapist or legal advisor. I am a lay author and activist. Nothing in any of the books in the Where There’s Smoke Series: Covert Abuse or in any of my writings, on the web or in print or in song, should be construed as legal, medical or psychological advice or counsel.

If you need that, please seek help from the appropriate licensed experts. If you feel in immediate danger either from another or yourself, please call 911, crisis intervention or a shelter in your area.

My credentials are my experiences, not formal training — as are many people who profess to be counselors online or use the label “mentor” instead, but take on the same role as therapist. So please, be careful who you entrust your healing to.

3: All opinions expressed in the Where There’s Smoke Series and my other writings are my own, and strictly that – opinion and personal perception, based on my personal journey of surviving and overcoming abuse.

4: As always and for everything, please read or listen with an open and critical mind. Use any information you find at your own discretion and risk. Discern what is right for you. You are responsible for what you choose to do with any information, ideas and/or suggestions expressed in my writings or podcast episodes.

If I share links, I cannot be responsible for the content on other sites. For the content on this site, I will do my best to make sure posts and comments adhere to the principles of truthfulness, honesty, respect and empathy to the best of my ability. However, I cannot vouch for the veracity of commenters, most of whom will be anonymous registered members.

5: Be safe, be anonymous. Unless you are already a published author, known expert or public personality dealing with the topics of this blog, consider remaining anonymous when you comment, especially if you desire to share personal aspects about your life. This is for your own safety and the privacy of the people in your life.

6: Be respectful. Honor the privacy of other people. Do not refer to others by their real names or post information that will invade their privacy or post any information that is false, defamatory or inaccurate and follow the rules of civility toward other commenters. Free speech means the government won’t come after you for expressing your thoughts. It doesn’t mean not mean saying whatever you please without accountability. My blog, my rules, my decision as to what is appropriate here and what isn’t.

7: Use of your comments: By commenting you are choosing to allow me to use any or all parts of your comment(s) for publication of this blog in book form, and/or any future publication in any other format. I will NOT take credit for your words, but I will protect your privacy. If used, I will quote your words and/or ideas, and attribute credit to you specifically by your permission only, by your registered member’s name by permission only or as anonymous reference if you prefer. You understand you will receive no remuneration for this use of your comments.

8: Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, and other such postings are not allowed. Violators will be banned.

9: Usernames and passwords. You have the ability, as you register, to choose your username. Please keep the name appropriate, and in most cases, anonymous. (see Rule #5) You agree to never give your password out to another person for your protection. You also agree to NEVER use another person’s account for any reason. I, also, recommend you use a complex and unique password for your account, to prevent account theft.

Also, note that the software places a cookie, a text file containing bits of information (such as your username and password), in your browser’s cache. This is ONLY used to keep you logged in/out. The software does not collect or send any other form of information to your computer.

10: By registering and/or participating by comment, you signify that you understand and agree to comply with the above conditions.

I think that’s it.

Whew! Now, that wasn’t so hard was it?
Now that’s out of the way, I’m looking forward to meeting you on the blog!

Thank you!

~ Keeping the Dream

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