Standing on the big red dot. TEDx Grace Street Women

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I’ve been about to bust with this news. I’ve applied twice as a TEDx speaker and not made it but this was invitation only. I thought they had all their speakers lined up back in September until someone on the committee surprised me by putting my name in the hat.

It was competitive. read more

Interview with Melissa Febos

Author Melissa Febos, interviewed by author, Roben Farzad

I attended a conference for James River Writer’s that hosts an annual conference in Richmond, VA.

The Executive Director, Katherine Herndon, of James River Writers happens to have been Charles’ English teacher. In fact, she was one of his favorite teachers.

As I was looking over the conference read more

My beautiful daughter, Brenna LeFleor, died of overdose

Brenna died December 10, 2014

by Marta LeFleor- Board member, McShin Foundation

For me, this one word evokes a vast variety of emotions.

This is Brenna, my sweet, loving, smart, artistically talented, compassionate daughter. This is a shy little girl who was wiser than her years and a young teenager who, if the front door to her read more

What is a #carepackage to a teenager? Not what you think

Example of a #carepackage from Instagram.

To teenagers, a #carepackage is a package of drugs, something they ordered on social media like Instagram or SnapChat.

Here’s how it works. The “buyer” can go on social media and write that they are looking for a #carepackage.  Then a read more

Why would you buy and read my book?

OK. I need your help.  Before you answer that question, I want you to know that you guys are the reason this book got written.

For the last three years, you have been asking me, “So when are you going to write a book?” Or, “Anne Moss, you need to write a book.” So I did. read more

Addiction and the Wisdom Guide

by Mark S. Miller, Ph.D., LPC, CSAC, Professional Counselor, John Tyler Community College

Rite of passage

Let’s make an agreement. Let’s all agree that we are an addicted society/culture. That every one of us is addicted to something. Everyone. So what are you addicted to? Some addictions we feel comfortable read more

Why do we apologize for crying?

I was talking to another mom who has watched her child succumb to addiction which is equal to watching them self destruct. Do you know how hard that is? Your child is doing something you know is destructive and deadly yet there’s not a damn thing you can do to fix it or stop them.

All you read more

Bipolar Possession 

Written by Jon Farrow

I’m sick, very sick. I haven’t been this sick in a while. When I hit this low I make sure to constantly look at pictures of my family to remind myself of why I fight through this.

My wife recently lost her grandmother. I have tried to push my illness deep down read more