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Friday, 03 July 2015 00:00

How to Tell a Good Story

Written by Kristi C.
Come on in, pull up a chair, and sit for a spell, June is a time to spin a yarn in Tennessee during the Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales Festival in Gatlinburg. It’s a time when storytellers and musicians invade the town and infect the population with joyful sounds and dramatic tales entertaining young, old, and every age in between. The costumed performers portray characters from as far back as the 1800’s and provide free performances to spark interest in the art of stories and storytelling. Their goal is to…
Thursday, 02 July 2015 00:00

Relief from Oppression

Written by Lori R.
What an incredible feeling of relief African Americans must have enjoyed when slavery was abolished. The joy shown in the “Love Wins” campaign illustrates the reprieve that homosexuals probably feel after years of feeling they were not treated as equals. Persecution based on race, beliefs, personal preferences or any number of factors can be a constant pressure that causes a person stress and makes them feel “less than.” People have long ago overcome the stigma of being “mental patients.” In this liberal 2015, we speak freely of our mental health…
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:00

Is Your Pet Emergency Kit Ready?

Written by Kristi C.
June is National Safety Month with a focus on emergency preparedness. When making plans for an emergency, don’t forget to include your pets. Remember, our pets depend on us for their safety. During severe weather, be sure to bring you pets in, not just when it is cold. Some pets are frightened by thunder and lightning. When frightened, pets can present behaviors you normally do not see. They can dig under a fence, jump a gate, or even chew through their enclosures. If a tree or tree limb falls on…
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 00:00

Workin’ Man’s Lunch

Written by Kristi C.
Some of life’s simple pleasures come paired with a partner. Think about burger and fries, bread and butter, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, bacon and eggs, or bagels and cream cheese. If you happen to be from the Deep South, you will notice that I missed an iconic pairing . . . an RC Cola and a Moon Pie. It was known as the ‘working man’s lunch’ early on because back in the 1930s the Moon Pie was the largest snack on the rack that could be purchased…
Sunday, 28 June 2015 00:00

Watermelon Feta and Orzo Salad

Written by Kristi C.
For me, summer is a time to picnic in the mountains. It is one of my favorite methods of clearing the stress after a long workweek to return clarity to my mental health. Picnics are cathartic, helping to reduce anxiety and depression through the sights and sounds associated with nature. It is possible to leave the foothills, where temperatures are in the 90s, and make your way into the heart of the Smoky Mountains to find temperatures in the upper 70s. This dramatic drop in temperatures makes the mountains an…
Sunday, 28 June 2015 00:00

The Break You Give Yourselfie

Written by Yolanda F.
In 2011, Science Daily reported a study by the Douglas Mental Health University Institute called "Stress in the city: Brain activity and biology behind mood disorders of urbanites." The summary was as follows: “Being born and raised in a major urban area is associated with greater lifetime risk for anxiety and mood disorders. Until now, the biology for these associations had not been described. A new study shows that two distinct brain regions that regulate emotion and stress are affected by city living.” What does that mean to me? I…
Saturday, 27 June 2015 00:00

Music and Memories

Written by Kristi C.
Music speaks to the soul. Whether you listen to pop, rock, country, or classical, you know that music can influence and enhance emotions. In fact, recent research has shown that listening to music is more successful than prescription drugs in decreasing a person’s anxiety before undergoing surgery. Music can improve the function of the body’s immune system and reduce levels of stress. In addition, music therapy, when combined with standard care, is a successful treatment for depression. Music affects the physical body and the mind. Music motivates people. Whether being…
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