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Resilience: How tough are you?

When a problem arises, how do you respond to it? How were you programmed to respond to life’s unexpected twists and turns that sometimes are overwhelming and test you to your limits? How much resilience do you have? Do you know what that even means? Resilience is the ability to be tough, to ...

Talk to your teens about marijuana

The discussions about marijuana are heated. There is a lot of misinformation, some call it “propaganda,” and some believe it is harmless. In the interests of educating yourself, you will be in a better position to have important discussions with your teens. You love them and you want ...

Medical marijuana not without legal responsibilities

You may believe that using marijuana is harmless. You may want to use medical marijuana to control your pain and be willing to jump through the hoops required by law to get it. That is your choice. Employers in Ohio must make the decision whether or not to allow employees to use it, on the job ...

Hope for the best when it comes to Kavanaugh

To begin with, I am not overly excited about Brett Kavanaugh as the Supreme Court nominee. He is too closely aligned with the pseudo-conservative, Hillary supporting, swamp creature Bush family (sorry swamps, I know you have redeeming qualities, Washington DC is a sewer. Doesn’t DC stand ...

GUEST COLUMN: Brett Kavanaugh is right pick for Supreme Court

When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy—who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan—announced he was going to step down from the court there was a lot of discussion about what kind of person should replace him. Many people said it should be someone smart and widely respected who has a ...

Hepatitis: Protect yourself from infection

There are enough health dragons out there that may be beyond your control. You need to be alert, aware and proactive about those things that you can do something about your health. Today we’re going to talk about hepatitis, particularly Hepatitis A. “We are seeing an increase of ...

Coping with your stress

Stress. What causes your worst stress? What does it do to you? How do you cope with your stresses? “Stress,” according to the National Institutes of Health, “is a well-known risk factor in the development of addiction and in addiction relapse vulnerability.” You may say addiction ...

Don’t tread on me

Molly planted her feet on the bottom of the public pool. The water came up to her shoulders, about four feet deep. She wiped the water from her eyes, squinting in the bright sunlight of early afternoon. Other swimmers were splashing and squealing around her. She didn’t notice anyone coming ...

GUEST COLUMN: Six months in, tax reform is making a real difference in Ohio

The tax reform and tax cut legislation that passed at the end of last year has now been in place for six months. It’s time to take stock of how it’s working. Some of the tax relief expires in the next few years, and the debate is already underway whether it should be made permanent. I think ...

Are you a workaholic?

Are you a workaholic? When her father works every hour he possibly can, Maggie’s mother says he does it so he doesn’t have to be at home, interacting with the family. But Maggie thinks maybe he’s a hard-working man because that’s what it takes for him to provide for his family. What ...

Opioid misuse and pregnancy

As families continue to struggle over opioid misuse by loved ones, there is another pertinent fact that may have been overlooked by the public at large: Opioid misuse by women who are pregnant. Critical judgments may make you feel like you’re getting your point across, but are those remarks ...

Looking under the veil of Social Security

I have recently been involved in a couple conversations that made me realize the level of understanding about Social Security is alarmingly lacking. One of the major misconceptions is that the government has a stash of cash with your name on it, waiting for you to retire and extract monthly ...

Do you need to ask the question?

One of the most difficult things you will ever do is ask a friend, a loved one, your life partner, “Are you considering suicide?” You think he or she might be. She seems distant, isolated, brooding, but you have no idea why. He won’t talk about whatever is bothering him. There is ...

Summer: Stress safety first

School is out for the summer. Graduation parties are in full swing. There are plans for amusement parks, camping trips, and days boating, fishing and a myriad of other activities that will create memories that will last a lifetime. The National Safety Council urges everyone to think safety. It ...

Nutrition affects your well being

You are what you eat, physically, emotionally and mentally. “… A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems,” advises the Preventive ...

Improving quality of life with physical activity

Everyone should accept the way they are, the way they look. That doesn’t mean you can’t make the decision to become a better, healthier you. You can blame your problems on other people and things, but ultimately, you are the one who has to take the bull by the horns and change what you need ...

The Misguided and Memorial Day

Ask many U.S. citizens about the meaning of the holiday we celebrate on the last Monday of May each year and you will hear an alarming array of ignorance. They have no clue that we are honoring the 1.2 million Americans that as Abraham Lincoln stated in his Gettysburg Address, gave the last ...

The STOP Act will keep deadly synthetic opioids out of Ohio

“A toxicology report confirms fentanyl as the cause of death.” We’re seeing this headline way too often in Ohio. Fentanyl —  or synthetic heroin —  is now the top killer in the opioid epidemic. The Columbus area recently reported a 47 percent increase in overdose deaths from ...

A state of mind: Victimization

Have you heard someone say, “Nobody can do something to you unless you allow it”? Did you realize that “victimization” is bullying? Victimization is “the action of singling someone out for cruel or unjust treatment.” When you read or watch the news or hang out at social media, you ...