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10 Truths I've Learned from People Who Didn't Go To College

From an early age my perspective was steeped in wisdom from those who never went to college but managed to live fulfilling lives just the same. Here are ten things they and others I’ve encountered along the way have taught me. Read More

What I have been able to accomplish

with a high school diploma:

Joined the army right out of high school (overcoming abuse, poverty, molestation, etc)

Moderator of an abused survivors' group
written a poetry book and memoir
presented regarding verbal abuse (my passion to get out to the world) to the Michigan Counseling Association
published in a psychiatric journal, 3 times in a University journal and on Psych.Central
Had incredible people: Elie Wiesel, Wayne Dyer, Nikki Giovanni, Drs. Alice Miller, Larry Dossey endorse my book (14 in all)

I wrote about my life of overcoming and thriving and won a scholarship and am a sophomore (6 years as a Freshman) in college.
I am driven to make a difference and my goal is national tv to talk baout verbal abuse: My paper: Society's Hidden pandemic, Verbal Abuse, Precusor to Physical Violence and a Form of Biochemical Assault


Thank you for your outstanding comment! What's the name of your book? I'd like to read it.


Hi, David

Thank you, David! My memoir: Ghost Child to Triumph (from a child with no voice, to someone who speaks up against injustice), hasn't been published the editing stage.

Sanctuary of the Soul (poems of anguish, healing, hope, comfort and celebration)...unfortunately my link doesn't work (; if you will e-mail me privately, I will tell you how you can get it.

Kind Regards, Alice...who just yesterday (after 6 years as a Freshman) became a Sophomore!


Sounds Like

The author has a very big chip on his very big shoulder.....
Able to find personal slights behind every corner; fast to criticize harshly those who he envies and resents on some level; quick to forget the obverse of each of his self pitying observations.. are one envious, resentful, angry dude..

Please continue

Hi anonymous,
Sounds like you were just getting started with your trenchant analysis of my envy, resentment and anger. Forgetting for a moment that 90% of your comment was an ad hominem flurry, I wonder if you could build out any part of this critique so that I and others can better understand your thinking. Perhaps, for example, you could point out the obverse of my observations, instead of using a cop-out insult like "self pitying," as if it somehow buttresses your conclusion. I'm not critical of short comments in general, but when they're really nothing more than personal attacks with an icing of bile and venom, I'm tempted to at least ask the commenter if he or she actually has something to say or just saw an opportunity to vent.
So, anonymous, which is it for you?

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David DiSalvo is a science and technology writer working at the intersection of cognition and culture.


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