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Dr. Elana Ashley        Discusses New Book Focused on Bullying

By Editor July 10, 2016 13:12

Discusses New Book

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“Case Two: Big Bully Holly Howler” is the newest book written by Dr. Elana Ashley, who is an author, as well as an artist, storyteller, educator and ventriloquist.

Throughout her many careers, she’s had the opportunity to mentor teachers, parents and students about some of the most important topics for children including child and drug abuse, character development, self-esteem and conflict management.

Available in both English and Spanish, “Case Two: Big Bully Holly Howler” zones into the topic of bullying, and how no child should be alone in the case of a bully. “Bullying has been an issue since the earliest of times, but what has changed in more recent years is man’s openness in talking about such abusive events that are, in fact, happening in the lives of children every day,” Ashley said.

In her book, Ashley hopes to show readers that bullying can happen anywhere, and being bullied does not mean being alone. “With the growing ways of communicating – through newspapers, magazines, radio, television, film, video, more recently through the internet, cell phones and other electronic devices, varying forms of bullying are talked about on a daily basis throughout the world,” Ashley said.

She pointed out that bullying could happen to anyone. “Taking place not only with students in schools and colleges, but also with families in homes, people in parks and on the streets of communities, people in clubs and in the business workplace, no place in society is immune from bullying issues.”

With the number of bully incidents increasing every year, Ashley turned to writing to help others. “People need sources to turn to for help in dealing with bullying situations, and my focus turned especially toward young children in this book,” she said.

Ashley knows that having a well-rounded support system of trustworthy adults is important. “If the mother and father are not providing the loving and safe environment that children need, youngsters need to know there are other people they can reach out to; but it has to be someone who is trustworthy, someone able to be counted on for help, support and direction,” she said.

It’s best for parents to note the behavior of their child if suspicion of bullying arises. “Warning signs include changes in your child’s personality and in the ways they communicate and behave with others – crying, expressing sadness, anger, moodiness, nervousness, trouble sleeping, excessive eating or the opposite, head or stomach aches, faking illness to avoid school, physical bruising, a decline in school performance, refusing to participate in sports, clubs and activities, a usually active child is now much quieter at school and home, the child changing normal pathways to school or purposefully trying to miss the school bus, the child no longer has friends and seems to be isolated from most people,” Ashley noted.

If parents suspect their child is being bullied, or is bullying others, talking it out with them is always the best option to find solutions together.

To learn more about Dr. Elana Ashley, please visit her official website:


By Editor July 10, 2016 13:12


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Last Shot of Obama and Romney

10/23/2012 03:15 pm ET | Updated Dec 23, 2012

Elana Ashley

Founder and executive director, Great Imaginings, Inc.


"Appearing on a news blog yesterday afternoon, the use of the title 'Last Shot' for the evening's debaters Obama and Romney was clearly a semantic play on words with direct double-duty implications. I think that the phrase 'Last Shot' was a bad choice of language to use in kicking off this news item, or, for that matter, any other news relating to any and all personal, community, national & world issues -- the terminology creates a mental picture of the candidates quite literally shooting at each other -- and therein lies part of the sad plight of human communication and interaction on Earth. We are all quite aware that Obama and Romney are "shooting" at each other -- I would call their language examples of verbal abuse. Such verbal attacks relating to all types of issues mount up and can and have become the negative base from which emerge physical attacks leading to the kind of horrific violence that continues to plague Planet Earth.


To me it appears that many human problems are based on the type of language used by people in describing the issues that concern them (including stupidity and ignorance), which, in turn, affects their ability to truly understand the issues which are facing the parties involved. If one party has no clue about what the specific problem is for the second party, then it is essential that the parties involved learn basic strategies for communicating their lack of understanding, information and/or misinformation, and only then can they move on to resolving what the true and accurate issues are. Perhaps you could use my services. "


-Spokespuppet Splunkunio Splunkey® Peacemaker-Mediator and Citizen from Planet Onyx


Splunkey arrived on Planet Earth with a mission -- to help humans learn how to get along, learn necessary techniques for working as a team, learn how to achieve common goals and learn how to create a world of harmony and peace.


With the third and final debate over, are you now ready to cast your vote for the next President of the United States? Splunkey never became a citizen of the United States. He believes it is our responsibility to make a wise choice. So, Dear Citizens, weigh the issues with care and choose wisely.


Dr. Elana Ashley
Silent Partner of Spokespuppet Splunkunio Splunkey® and U.S. Citizen



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