I was bullied like crazy as a kid, and painful ridicule was pretty much a way of life for me through my childhood. I'm not going to go into specifics, because I still spend a lot of time trying not to think about it.
Here's a link to The Trevor Project and this video by Tim Gunn (it's on Facebook, I don't know if you need to be logged in to see it)
I've got a giant butternut squash and I'm going to make soup out of it tonight. I've been trying to find the recipe I used lat year during giant butternut squash season. It's similar to this one but not quite, as I'm pretty sure I didn't need to add honey, since it was sweet enough by itself.
For some reason, the B&N link to Cold Magic by Kate Elliot wasn't working for some people yesterday, so here it is at Book Depository.