When it is NOT the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

One whip of a brisk fall breeze along with a sighting of pumpkins, and I am instantly transported in my mind back to Western, NC. As the time portal opens, I am a carefree little girl with pig tails exploring the woods behind my house. Fall has always been my favorite...

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Meet my arch-nemesis: STRESS!

I am not a huge comic book fan, but I live in a house full of them! By way of osmosis I have acquired quite a bit of knowledge that will from time to time seep into my writing. If my husband could be anyone other than my fabulous husband, he would totally be Batman....

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From the Eye of the Storm to the Heart of a Survivor

  Florence, you were NOT invited Since my last blog post, my beautiful home of Eastern North Carolina has been chewed up, swallowed, and then spit back out with a vengeance by yet another catastrophic hurricane. My heart literally hurts. I have seen Eastern NC...

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The Invisible Line in Time

There is an invisible line in time that marks when something changes. We don’t see it coming, and there is really no way to prepare for it. One thing is for sure, once we pass this line, nothing and I mean nothing will ever be the same. As a grief and trauma...

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ENOUGH! What Our Kids Really Need

As summer begins to fade and the aisles of the stores overflow with pencils, crayons, and notebooks for back to school, I feel the need for a public service announcement. In a society that makes parents believe that in order to be good parents we must buy MORE, sign...

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The Definition of Insanity: Time for Change

The Definition of Insanity: Time for Change I am a huge history buff and I consume ridiculous amounts of historical fiction. When reading, I often find myself wondering why people living in various historical times could not see what was happening right before their...

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Who Cares for the Caregiver? Take 2

In my last blog, we explored the underappreciated number of caregivers in the US often called “the invisible workforce”. I shared the physical, emotional, and financial impacts that caregiving has on individuals and families. The response was overwhelming and...

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Who Cares for the Caregiver?

A random flip through a magazine at my doctor’s office revealed an article that nearly knocked me out of my seat. There are approximately 44 million Americans who make up an “invisible workforce” caring daily for aging or ill loved ones. The article featured research...

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How We Can R.I.S.E. Against Depression

If you want to know what the face of a person who experiences depression looks like just take a second, look up, and observe the faces of the people around you. Better yet, look in the mirror because like it or not, depression is an equal opportunity invader....

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The P.I.T. Connection: What NASCAR has to do with Health

Somewhere between the fictional town of Mayberry and the ghosts of NASCAR past lies my childhood stomping grounds.  I grew up in Wilkes County, North Carolina, which has a fascinating history that intertwines moonshine, building cars to outrun the law and the birth of...

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