Category: Family

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Friday Quote

“Every day you’re alive and someone loves you is a miracle” -Rita Mae Brown  

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Through the child welfare kaleidoscope: A Therapist view

By Sheri Pickover and Heather Brown June 27, 2017 The amazing feature about kaleidoscopes is the endless, ever-changing scenes and complex patterns they reveal to anyone who takes the time to look. The gentlest of rotations invites a new and oftentimes completely different perspective on the same set of colorful shapes. Working with children, adults and families involved in the child welfare system is … Read More Through the child welfare kaleidoscope: A Therapist view

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Cita de viernes

“La disposición a aparecer nos cambia. Nos hace un poco valientes cada vez”. Brene Brown

Friday Quote

“The willingness to show up changes us, it makes us a little braver each time” Brene Brown

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Your child is sick or hurt, where do you go?

A few weeks ago I fell and gashed my head, needing six staples. We talked about going to a Doc-in-a-Box but decided to go the hospital. We didn’t choose a Doc-in-a-Box since some charge outrageous fees. My General Practitioner didn’t have anyone available so the choices were narrowed down. We didn’t have time to find out if the Doc-in-Box charged reasonable fees or Urgent … Read More Your child is sick or hurt, where do you go?

New Resources for LGBT Community

New resourses for LGBT community provided by RAINN.org National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs: A coalition of programs that document and advocate for victims of anti-LGBT and anti-HIV/AIDS violence/harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, police misconduct and other forms of victimization. Site has a list of local anti-violence programs and publications. Hotline: 212.714.1141 The Trevor Project: Help and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. Hotline: 866.488.7386 GLBT … Read More New Resources for LGBT Community

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Gramps My Hero

Thank you Gramps for fighting the good fight, having your teams back and making it home. So glad I had the chance to met you. I Love You.  Melinda  

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Special Times to Fly Your American Flag

Honor Our Flag is written with the assistance of the National Flag Foundation to ensure accuracy of the content. These are special days beyond flying everyday. There are a few surprises and questions.  M New Years Day, January 1 Martin Luther King’s Birthday, (third Monday in January) Inauguration Day, January 20th Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12th Washing’s Birthday, February 22nd Presidents Day, (third Monday in February) … Read More Special Times to Fly Your American Flag

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Honor Thy Flag, How to Fly Flag Properly

I hope many of you are flying your flags high and proudly. Celebrating with friends of family or visiting the grave of a loved one. I bought this little book years are for my husband. Frankly, I didn’t know flying a flag had rules. I’m only going to share a glimpse of the book. To show respect for the flag don’t let it touch … Read More Honor Thy Flag, How to Fly Flag Properly

Please visit my blog “For the Love of Art”

I have started a new blog http://ForTheLoveOfArt.blog. I believe art is art if you think it’s art. Today I posted is an interview with Cindy Knoke at cindyknoke@wordpress.com. She’s a great photographer, I hope you will stop by. Please leave any comments about the site. The good, bad and ugly, your comments will help me form the site. Melinda

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Putting the Brakes on ‘Emotional Eating’

Feb. 22, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. Putting the Brakes on ‘Emotional Eating’ By Julie Davis HealthDay Reporter (HEALTHDAY) THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many of us make choices about whether to eat healthy or not-so-healthy foods based on whether we’re in a good or not-so-good mood. When a bad mood strikes, we often tend to reach for junk food. And that can … Read More Putting the Brakes on ‘Emotional Eating’

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I Have Bipolar And I Am Not Violent

Reblogged from our friend Amy Gamble at http://www.amygamble.wordpress.com I had an opportunity to teach a group of school teachers about mental illness. After last weeks Florida school shooting I was prepared for questions about mental illness and violence. It’s beyond sad this is an ever occurring topic. But what happens to those of us who live with a mental illness when the public, […] via … Read More I Have Bipolar And I Am Not Violent

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Safe Dating Tips For Teens

RAINN SEXUAL ASSAULT Safe Dating Tips for Teens FEB 05, 2018 February is teen dating violence awareness month. For teens and those new to dating, it can be difficult to identify signs of an abusive relationship. The warning signs that a teen has been sexually assaulted or abused can easily blend in with the everyday struggles teens face as they learn how to relate to their … Read More Safe Dating Tips For Teens

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How To Talk With Kids About Terrible Things

National Public Radio February 18, 20186:11 AM ET CORY TURNER Twitter Look up from this screen right now. Take a look around. On a bus. In a cafe. Even at a stoplight. Chances are, most of the other people in your line of sight are staring at their phones or other devices. And if they don’t happen to have one out, it is certainly … Read More How To Talk With Kids About Terrible Things

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Donors.org First Million Projects

Donors.org is an awesome Charity that supports teachers projects. Bill & Melinda Gates often provide matching funds for projects. Please check out their website, the accomplishment of a MILLION teacher projects funded is mind-blowing. I personally  give to underserved with Learning Disabilities. You pick a project that tugs on your heart. Today only all funds are matched, great chance to spread the funds. M … Read More Donors.org First Million Projects

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Lyme Progress #1 Pain Management

You may have noticed the name change from Lyme Update to Lyme Progress. The reason for the change, it’s time to start looking forward, short term and long term. I still struggle with illnesses which Lyme left behind and have days can’t get out of bed. WINNING is looking forward. The chronically ill understand this mind-set. After dismissing my Lyme Doctor in Washington, I … Read More Lyme Progress #1 Pain Management

Double Shot Thursday *New Artist*

Enjoy the music, I’m mending slowing from knee surgery but it’s time to play. I pray for more music next week.  M

Bring Change To Mind

My daughter lost her battle with mental illness on March 19, 2013. She had just turned 23 years old. She was studying for the MCAT, and planned to cure cancer. She was curious and gentle and loving. She was too young. The pain of losing Emily is indescribable. And, I truly did not know how I would ever be able to move forward. In some ways, I do not think … Read More Bring Change To Mind

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2018 جعله على!

سنة جديدة سعيدة

2018 ¡Adelante!

Feliz año nuevo!  Melinda  

2018 Bring It On!

Happy New Year! 2018 is our’s to mold.  M  

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RAINN: Danyol’s Story

RAPE, ABUSE, INCEST NATIONAL NETWORK 800.656.HOPE (4673) LIVE CHAT “I just want people to know that they don’t have to be afraid of their truth. Your truth is important, your truth is needed.”  Danyol Jaye was sexually abused and raped repeatedly by his older cousin between the ages of 7 and 10. The cousin enabled multiple perpetrator sexual assault when he locked Danyol in … Read More RAINN: Danyol’s Story

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Neil Archbold on Nuddge Mental Health Services

Hi Grace Thanks for the offer to include Nuddge on your blog. Most information is on the website but to add:  – We started Nuddge as everyone in the team has had direct or family experience of depression or anxiety  – We are all seasoned health and tech professionals  -We feel social media doesn’t offer the best solution currently. Too much vanity, too much one upmanship … Read More Neil Archbold on Nuddge Mental Health Services

Triple Shot Thursday *All We Need Is Love

All we need is LOVE.  M

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How should we talk about mental health?

IDEAS.TED.COM DEC 18, 2013 / Thu-Huong Ha Mental health suffers from a major image problem. One in every four people experiences mental health issues — yet more than 40 percent of countries worldwide have no mental health policy. Across the board it seems like we have no idea how to talk about it respectfully and responsibly. Stigma and discrimination are the two biggest obstacles … Read More How should we talk about mental health?

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