A few days ago one of our writers wrote a piece that was both well-written and elicited a great deal of backlash. I think everyone that comes here knows that more than anything, I created this place as a SAFE place to share our thoughts and feelings and stories. And while you may not agree with the story that is being shared and you are certainly free to disagree publicly in the comments, you are NOT free to turn the corner into meantown and say things that you would probably not say in real life had you been standing a few feet away from the person.

Please. If you comment on someone’s heartfelt story, keep in mind that they are sharing a part of themselves with you and quite possibly are in a vulnerable state. Treat them as you would your sister or your best friend and disagree in a way that is compassionate and loving.