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August 20, 2019

Why Are There Toilets in the Juul Room? 

E-cigarettes Through the Eyes of a Loudoun County Teen Walk into any high school or middle school bathroom. Do you smell something fruity? Something minty? That’s not air freshener. Our school bathrooms have turned into Juul Rooms. The administrators sometimes even lock the bathrooms because so many kids are vaping…
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FamilySubstance Use/Process Addiction
September 17, 2018

Drinking Demons Turn into Grateful Gifts

My father’s Demons became my gift from God to help others like me. Before deciding whether to keep drinking or when enough is enough, read my story to understand what being the child of an alcoholic parent feels like. I took the rules from my traumatic childhood of abuse and…
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April 11, 2018

Pets and People

The relationship between pets and people is a long and detailed topic to discuss. Our animal companions are with us in a variety of ways. There are the animals that work such as herding livestock,  guarding a place, police work, sniffing contraband, guide dogs, therapy animals, the list goes on.…
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Mental HealthSubstance Use/Process Addiction
March 13, 2018

Mindfulness and Meditation: The Newest Fad or a Doorway to Mental Balance?

The terms “mindfulness” and “meditation” have become such buzzwords in our current culture that one wonders if they are the psychological equivalent of the latest overhyped “lose weight quick” fad. However, mindfulness and meditation’s benefits have been experienced worldwide for at least 3,000 years! While mindfulness and meditation are closely…
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FamilyMental Health
January 9, 2018

Miracles Within Miracles

Unblinded is the true story of Kevin Coughlin who became suddenly blind due to a rare genetic disorder known as Leber’s. Twenty years later, without medical intervention or explanation, his sight miraculously began to return. But that’s not the full story. At the lowest point of his life—blind, jobless and…
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Mental Health
December 13, 2017

The 3 Biggest Mistakes that Keep You from Living a Life that is Powerful Beyond Measure

Each day we critique ourselves in what we have and have not done, the way we reacted to situations and how we could’ve done a better job.  Often people feel unhappy with what they’ve done each and every day.  This leads to a life that is dissatisfied, frustrating and even…
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Mental Health
November 29, 2017

Mindful Eating During the Holidays

The holidays are a time filled with fun and celebrations. While they are full of excitement, they can also be a time of heightened stress and overeating. Tis the season for holiday parties, bake-offs and cookie swaps in addition to the added stress of shopping and planning—a recipe of events…
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Mental Health
November 28, 2017

De-clutter Your Outside to Find Space in Your inside

Lisa Geraci Rigoni, owner of The Organizing Mentors I believe people bring too much stuff into their lives for many reasons. First, it makes us feel good. We feel rich; we are comforted; safe. We also seem to think that the more stuff we have, the happier we will be.…
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Mental HealthRelationship
June 23, 2017

Nobody Wants A Dyke Daughter

In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, a brave teenage shares her story about coming out to her dad and offers tips to parents: Nobody Wants A Dyke Daughter That was basically what my father said when I told him I’m gay. He did use somewhat nicer words, but his message…
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FamilyMental HealthRelationship
March 7, 2017

An Alternative Way to Resolve Conflict

People deal with conflict most every day. Many of them turn to litigation and the use of the legal system to resolve disputes. But the court system costs too much, takes too much time and involves uncertainty, loss of privacy and an adversarial win-lose mentality. Frequently, the outcomes from the…
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