Coronavirus: Embrace the Demise of Your Rose-Colored Glasses

With an undeniable positive spirit and exuberance for life, he prepares to share his words on the popular social networking service called TikTok. From the moment he says “hello” in the online video until the end of the 31 seconds that follows, he exemplifies the best of humanity. He grips the handrail as he stands and with all the wisdom of his retired, seasoned self he shares his truth.

One look in his direction and viewers easily imagine his backstory being that of a grandfather who, long ago, raised his children and who’s lived a life that’s witnessed world wars, the triumph of civil rights, the rise of technology, and countless other changes that make the start of his life strikingly different than the latter part. His thinning hair and inviting wrinkles hypnotize viewers, making them root for him even though they’ve never met. Without even offering his name or any indication that he wants credit for the video, he leaves a tremendous impression in less time than it takes bread to toast, boasting nearly 1.5 million views by April 4th of 2020.

With unwavering conviction and during a time when the world is battered with ever-increasing coronavirus facts that leave people searching for light amongst their darkness,

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How You Deal with Well-Being, Not Academics, Matters Now

An unidentified Facebook post made a coronavirus-related comment that runs on a scrolling marquee in my mind. In summary, it said that the next couple of months are more pivotal to students’ well-being than their academic learning.

This is both powerful and true.

Classrooms Then

Unless a student is homeschooled, they are conditioned to respond to in-class and structured learning. They walk to school or jump out of their parents’ vehicles or step off the bus steps with themed backpacks and brushed hair and teeth.

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September 11th & the Coronavirus: Don’t Repeat History

I am concerned.

Nearly 20 years ago, our world stopped. Life as we knew it no longer existed, and we struggled to accept the horrific, life-altering events of September 11, 2001. From the moment the first tower crumbled, shattering more lives than windows and altering the projection of countless families in a heartbeat, rarely was an adult conversation had that didn’t reference the tragedy, especially in the first year.

The connection between September 11th & the Coronavirus

As the news channel blared from the television set so lunch could still be made in the kitchen while mom listened to the latest 9-11 coverage and the reporters shared theories and dark,

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A Healthy Body is Impossible to Achieve Without Healthy Cells

  • 90% of North Americans are deficient in this mineral
  • The World Health Organization proclaims it the number one prevention of mental and physical disabilities, especially in utero (i.e. before birth)
  • It is one of the rare health supplements recommended by the FDA for pregnant and lactating women, infants, and young children

What is it?

IODINE!

The body requires iodine to produce thyroid hormones, and iodine also increases the efficiency of the metabolism.

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Chuck the Format & Tether Your Heartache: I Know You Suffer

This piece is for those who silently suffer. May you have the courage to expose the pain behind your smile.

Lower the emotional shield you created when life was too brutal for your heart and mind to fight. When we share the scars and lessons learned, we connect with others at the deepest of levels. To each and every one of you reading this, I want you to know that I know.

I know the silver spoon you were born with came at the cost of an absent parent.

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Coronavirus & Flu: The Annihilators of the 2020 Immune System Battlefield

March 6, 2020 Headline
The Chronicle of Higher Education
U. of Washington Cancels In-Person Classes, Becoming First Major U.S. Institution to Do So Amid Coronavirus Fears

March 5, 2020 Headline
The New York Times
‘When can we go to school?’ Nearly 300 Million Children are Missing Class

March 5, 2020 Headline
Los Angeles Times
The flu has killed far more people than coronavirus. So why all the frenzy about COVID-19?

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Be Your Best to Give Your Best: A Caretaker PSA

Green isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day. The month of March is also National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, which is proudly represented with the green awareness ribbon.

The CDC defines Cerebral Palsy (CP) as follows: a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. The CDC also notes that CP “is the most common motor disability in childhood” and that cerebral refers to brain and palsy refers to weakness or problem with using muscles.

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Think Iodine, Not Toilet Paper: The Race to Protect Yourself & Your Family Against the Coronavirus Starts Now

NEWSFLASH: “Don’t squeeze the Charmin!” is out, and “Can’t find the Charmin!” is in.

This tongue-in-cheek comment visualizes the decimated toiletry shelves of stores around the world as the fear of the coronavirus slithers into communities, shooting panic into the hearts of many and confusion as to how to best respond.

Contrary to what many believe, coronavirus isn’t the newbie at the fear-inducing panic party. According to Cleveland Clinic, “the older human coronaviruses were first identified in the mid-1960s,

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Quitter’s Day: The Graveyard of New Year’s Resolutions

Research shows that the second Friday of January is the average day by which New Year’s resolution motivation skids to a halt. That day is termed Quitter’s Day.

Wow. The term ‘quitter’ is aggressive. Although it may technically describe what’s happening, the stopping of a behavior, that word summons negativity like a plague summons death.

The American Psychological Association claims 93% of people make New Year’s resolutions. If the majority of those 93% start to throw their New Year’s resolution in the trash by the second week,

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Osteoporosis: The Myths, The Reality, & The Flare Gun

“By 2050, the worldwide incidence of hip fracture in men is projected to increase by 310% and 240% in women, compared to rates in 1990.”
~ International Osteoporosis Foundation

Osteoporosis is a disease that makes a person’s bones weak and more likely to break. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, approximately 10 million Americans have Osteoporosis and another 44 million have low bone density, which places them at an increased risk for osteoporosis. The likelihood of a woman suffering from osteoporosis is greater than that of a heart attack,

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