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The Good in Give and Take

Humans are not meant to go it alone. Science is finding evidence that we may be wired for close companionship, built to connect with and care for one another. Study after study shows not only that too much solitude hurts us, but also that offering and receiving support bring emotional and physical benefits. It is good to receive. Researchers have […]

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Back to School after Surviving Cancer: One Boy’s Story

Summer is soon over and the anticipation of the upcoming school year is here. It’s time for children to say goodbye to bonfires and swimming and hello to schedules, desks and books. It is a time for new beginnings and endless possibilities for most children. For my two healthy children, it is just that. But for my son Gavin, who […]

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5 Easy Tips for Heat Safety in Your Community

Red Cross Disaster Health Services Manager Mary Casey-Lockyer is the expert in being ready for anything. Read on for her heat safety suggestions for making sure everyone in your community is keeping their cool during end-of-summer heat waves. When you hear that a heat warning is in effect, your first inclination is to lock up inside. But Mary suggests that […]

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The Impact of School Supply Donations

It’s that time of year. Back to school supply fliers arrive in the mail or with your newspaper, lists of necessary supplies show up at local stores and the aisles fill up with neatly stacked boxes of crayons, pencils and notebooks. All the latest favorite characters appear on backpacks and folders. The hottest colors in locker accessories, organizational items and […]

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Music Therapy, Fine-Tuned for Transformations

I have been told by people, “You have the best job” and “How wonderful it is you do this.” But more often, I am told “I have never heard of Music Therapy.” Music Therapy is the use of music by a board certified Music Therapist to achieve nonmusical goals. For example, children may learn academic skills through singing songs. Individuals […]

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