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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:00

Danger Lurks in Your Closet

Written by Kristi C.
Women sacrifice so much for fashion. Don’t believe me? Consider, then the spike heeled shoes that were recently used as running shoes by leading lady Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), the no-nonsense corporate head and manager of Jurassic World’s dinosaur park. Believe me, if I were going to run away from a dinosaur, I would much rather be sporting my old, faithful Brooks running shoes rather than a pair of sky high Manolo Blahnik’s regardless of how fabulous they look. You know I am right but we aren’t here to talk…
Sunday, 02 August 2015 00:00

Grilled Curried Chicken Breasts with Peach and Green Bean Salad

Written by Yolanda F.
You may only eat curry because you love the way the exotic flavor dances on your palate. But did you know its healing properties include blood sugar control, fighting cancer, managing cholesterol, and detoxification? Curry is actually not one spice, but a blend of spices often used in Indian food, which varies widely in its composition, depending upon the region of origin. The most common ingredients used in curry are turmeric, fenugreek, coriander, cinnamon and ginger. Mustard seed, cayenne pepper and cardamom are also used, and they all bring potential…
Sunday, 02 August 2015 00:00

Amy Winehouse Lives

Written by Yolanda F.
As too often in life, I discovered an appreciation for someone years after she died, and suddenly she is alive again, not only in my mind, but on the silver screen. Amy Winehouse, the British jazz singer-songwriter, came to my attention recently when my 12-year-old daughter learned one of Winehouse’s songs called “Rehab.” Although I’d heard and appreciated it on the radio, I never gave her an honest listen. Then on July 23, the fourth anniversary of her death, I read there was a documentary about her called “Amy.” When…
Saturday, 01 August 2015 00:00

Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Written by Yolanda F.
It came to my attention that July is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Before it was declared in 2008 by the U.S. House of Representatives, mental health treatment and services needed more attention, as well as public awareness of mental illness in general, especially where minorities are concerned. I’d never heard of her until today, but I see that Campbell’s body of work, which included eight books, three of which became New York Times best sellers, seems to be almost entirely autobiographical, even her novels. That…
Friday, 31 July 2015 00:00

Bullying . . . How Do We Stop It?

Written by Gena P.
At the start of 4th grade, my son started a new school due to a move. I wasn’t really worried. He had played basketball from 1st-3rd grades so I knew he would know some of the other kids. He was a likeable kid who always made friends easily. I should have known something was wrong. He was missing way too much school. He was never one that liked to miss. He was afraid he would miss out on something. But as the new school year began, his frequent misses were…
Thursday, 30 July 2015 00:00

I Was Never Happy Being Depressed

Written by Kristi C.
When I was in my early twenties, I went through a severe bout of depression. I was sad and anxious all the time and struggled during social events. I chalked up my social anxiety to my introverted personality but for the life of me, I could not understand why I was always sad. I was young, healthy, and for appearances sake, I was happy. My dissatisfaction was more evident when I was alone. My thoughts would turn to irrational guilt. My mother had been ill so I was always feeling…
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 00:00

Illness Induced Depression

Written by Lori R.
It is widely accepted knowledge that your emotional state can affect your physical state. Stress and depression can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, indigestion and weight gain or loss. But it can also occur the other way around. People who suffer chronic medical illness can easily fall into depression and not recognize the symptoms as a separate illness in need of treatment. I have a close friend who is battling diabetes. It is a daily struggle for him to balance diet, exercise and blood sugar level while also feeling…
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