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Compassion: An act of human kindness

February 1, 2016 Ella watched her mother take a condolence card, a new envelope and a pen from the desk drawer. “Come with me,” Mom said. So she followed her mother from door to door, around the neighborhood. more »»

‘The Big Short’ is the perfect melding of contempt and hilarity

January 31, 2016 The Big Short is a smart, compelling, witty behind-the-curtain look at the 2008 financial crisis. more »»

Focus is on drug and alcohol facts week

January 25, 2016 Will the drug war ever be finished? Probably not. more »»

Confusion surrounds mammography recommendations

January 25, 2016 SALEM — Recently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released an update to its 2009 recommendations on when to begin and end mammogram screening. more »»

‘The Revenant’ is proof that beauty can come with depravity

January 24, 2016 If there’s beauty in depravity then director Alejandro Inarritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki found it in The Revenant. The film takes place during the 1820s in the American wilderness. more »»

Humor: Laughter is the best medicine

January 18, 2016 Do you have a sense of humor? Who is your favorite funny person, the one who can make you laugh when you need it most? It doesn’t have to be a famous person. more »»

Creating goals in the drug-free workplace

January 11, 2016 We all have heard that old adage, “No pain, no gain. more »»

Start something: Talking is critical

January 4, 2016 Interested in starting something? By now you have started working on your New Year’s Resolutions. more »»

Happy New Year to all of you

December 28, 2015 Another year already! I’ve been writing the New Year greeting for Family Recovery Center for at least 20 years. more »»

GUEST COLUMN: Overcoming the blight of vacant properties

December 26, 2015 In many impoverished neighborhoods, vacant homes can play a detrimental role in preventing the community from overcoming the cycle of poverty. more »»

Some words from the FRC director

December 21, 2015 Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you. It is that time of year when I take the helm of this column to personally wish each and every one of you a very special holiday seaso. more »»

Happiness: Found inside

December 14, 2015 By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist There was an older woman who decided she had tolerated enough abuse from her husband of nearly 50 years. more »»

Start Talking! initiative takes off in Ohio

December 14, 2015 By Patricia Ross Administrative Assistant, Columbiana County MHRS Board LISBON — Under the leadership of Governor John R. Kasich and First Lady Karen W. more »»

GUEST COLUMN: A challenge for Americans to volunteer

December 13, 2015 As Christmas approaches, I've been reflecting on all of the blessings I've received. more »»

Substance abuse: The damage done

December 7, 2015 Neil Young sang about the “Needle and the Damage Done” more than 40 years ago. You can listen to it online at YouTube, and when you do, concentrate on the words he sings and what they describe. more »»

Think smart, act wisely

November 30, 2015 Marijuana is in the news again … or maybe still. And it’s certain that it will remain a controversial topic of discussion for a very long time to come. There are some things to think about, however. more »»

My first Thanksgiving as your state representative

November 25, 2015 The leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping and we are at a time of year when we are greeted with an assortment of pumpkin flavored treats and spices that assure us Thanksgiving is just... more »»

Scratching the surface of teen gambling problem

November 23, 2015 Many people have their holiday shopping well under way. Sometimes there is that person that you just aren’t quite sure what to get for them. more »»

Homelessness: Risks go higher

November 16, 2015 Where did you go “home” to last night? Where did your children sleep last night? Did they have a good supper of healthy nutrition? A homeless person is someone who lacks a fixed, regular and... more »»

What about this sandwich?

November 9, 2015 The sandwich generation. You may be a part of it and not even realize it. Or maybe you’ve been there, done that (BTDT) and hope never to be there again. more »»



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