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December 30, 2012

A 2013 Resolution: Ancora Imparo

By Nancy M. Payne, Accredited Investigations social media writer  Michaelangelo once said, “Ancora Imparo”; Roughly translated, this means I am always learning.  I truly love his philosophy. This adage could be applied to a myriad of life experiences. The maxim begs the speaker to remain humble, to be the student.  It has served me well before, during, and after divorce and settling in to single parenthood. And just when I think I have it secure, Michaelangelo seems to remind me, that, ah yes, Ancora Imparo. And so, as the New Year approaches, I resolve to remember this motto more readily; […]
December 19, 2012

Reassuring Joy within the tragedy of Newtown, Connecticut

By Accredited Investigations social media writer, Nancy M. Payne             A light, steady rain fell on this Sunday – December 16, 2012 – the third Sunday in Advent, Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means “rejoicing”. Christians everywhere marked this Sunday by lighting the third rose-colored candle in the Advent wreath, joyfully anticipating the coming of Christ, the miracle for the world.    The scripture proclaims:  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice!   Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, […]
December 4, 2012

‘Criminal Friendly’ state no more: Pennsylvania Task Force Revamps Child Abuse Laws

By Accredited Investigations social media writer, Nancy M. Payne Last week, a commission — set up by the Pennsylvania Legislature after Jerry Sandusky’s molestation arrest last year, issued a 445-page report which recommended changes to state child abuse law. The Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection has suggested new procedures to protect children in the “criminal friendly” state. The 11-person group was set up by the state House and Senate, with membership drawn from the legal profession, educators, and health care workers. The chairman, Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler, had hoped to have the report issued before the current […]
November 18, 2012

Ten Hopeful Tokens: a personal reflection of the gifts of divorce and custody

By Nancy M. Payne, social media writer for Accredited Investigations, Inc. My pocketbook houses many items:  a comb, this Sunday’s church bulletin, an overstuffed make-up bag, last week’s food shopping trip receipt, my second grade rosaries, the now-tattered original envelope and its companion, the now-shabby signed and time-stamped court order – worn by the countless foldings and refoldings — protecting my child from a lifetime of abuse. And in the side pocket, just beneath the zipper, is a heart-shaped stone, the word HOPE penned in perfect penmanship on the top of this gem. Several years ago, the pink, glazed face […]
November 16, 2012

A Reflection of a first Thanksgiving: The first year in the throes of divorce

By: Nancy Payne, Accredited Investigations social media writer I can remember the first “single” Thanksgiving after years of “married” Thanksgivings. My daughter and I, having finally fled the ruthlessness of domestic violence only four months prior to Turkey Day in 2006, were living a numb, bewildered, depressing, and heartbreaking existence that first holiday. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade hummed low from the TV in my modestly lighted and furnished bungalow. My daughter, still in her pajamas and unbrushed hair, played quietly with her Barbies, periodically gazing at the TV screen, mesmerized by the glitter, showmanship, and excitement of the themed […]
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