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Ellen Magnis
Ellen Magnis is Executive Director at Minds Matter National based in New York. This piece was written in association with The OpEd Project.

Entries by Ellen Magnis

Grow, Grow

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 11:03 AM

During this season of gratitude, I have been thinking about those who have helped shape my life in significant ways. I have had the benefit of many wise teachers. When I think back to my teenage years to some of my earliest mentors, Carla McGee comes to mind. She was...

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Opportunity Doesn't Knock for All

(3) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 9:31 AM

My son, Nick, is a college freshman, and he is embracing this opportunity with gusto. He, like so many young adults, is thoughtful, open to ideas and cares deeply about making a difference in the world. The norm and expectation established early in his life was that college is the...

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The Power of Presence

(2) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 11:06 AM

Thich Nhat Hanh, global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, is 88 years old this month. I was honored to spend a week with him and his monastics last year at a monastery in Mississippi. Thay ("teacher"), as he is lovingly called, emanates tenderness. He exudes a deep peace and...

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Objection, Your Honor

(4) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 4:28 PM

Dallas District Judge Jeanine Howard's startling sentence for 20 year-old Sir Young, who admitted to raping a 14 year-old in 2011, has many in this community simply awestruck, and not in a good way. Young's sentence of five years of deferred probation (with 45 days in jail) coupled...

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Where Light Enters

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 11:10 AM

I spent much of my childhood believing that I was damaged, full of shame because of trauma suffered at the hands of my stepfather. Selectively mute for a period of time, I coped as best I could in a shroud of silence, until the world felt a little bit safer....

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What About the State of Children Living Outside the Womb?

(2) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 11:36 AM

Now that some time has passed since our Texas Legislature debated on abortion, now that the nerves are not quite so raw, I feel the need to say something. No matter what your position is on the highly complex and deeply personal subject of abortion, I just have to know:...

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These Wounds Must See Light

(2) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 4:18 PM

We spent all of April, National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, making a rallying cry to pay attention to our cause and to take some time to understand a very challenging topic that many of us know intimately. I've said it before: I consider myself lucky. My life could...

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Stand Up for Children in April

(3) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 12:10 PM

We hold babies with broken arms and skull fractures. A 9- to 10-year-old little girl whose "father figure" has raped or molested her is our most common "client." We see children whose day-to-day existence is worse than most can even begin to comprehend. We lead a children's advocacy center, a...

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Presidents, Pastors, Principals and Superintendents - Wake Up!

(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2013 | 11:30 AM

Amidst all of the political shenanigans, world coming-to-an-end drama and heart-wrenching tragedy of the last few months, some may have missed that charges of perjury, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children were filed against former Penn State President Graham Spanier. This should make leaders of all child-serving...

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A Prayer for the Sandusky Eight

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 10:57 AM

The news cycles have moved on, but have the Sandusky Eight? It is hard to imagine how they can recover from the kind of abuse they endured, what some would call the ultimate betrayal and wounding of the spirit. Can these men heal? I say yes.

History teaches us that...

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A Failure of Epic Proportions

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 3:44 PM

The Urban Dictionary says that an epic fail is a "mistake of such monumental proportions that it requires its own term in order to successfully point out the unfathomable shortcomings of an individual or group." It is often used to describe a comical situation, but there is absolutely...

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Monsters, Bad Guys and Perps

(5) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 6:42 PM

This piece was written in association with The OpEd Project.

Jerry Sandusky, "the monster," is guilty, and his victims, who have found some semblance of justice, can proceed down their path of healing. Every day, I work around detectives and other professionals who fight crimes against children, and...

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