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8 Things a Survivor Wants You to Know

In 2007, the world celebrated New Year’s Eve without me. I spent the morning with an oncologist trying to absorb his life-changing diagnosis: “You have breast cancer.” What a surprise, since I eat right, exercise regularly, and follow guidelines for…

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Life Can Be Greener

When our first child was born, my instincts kicked in: I wanted to raise our child in a healthy, natural home. The whole family took baby steps towards becoming greener. I started by researching non-toxic cleaners and other ways we…

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Share and Care Alike

Caryn Boehm of Henrico County had not heard the term “collaborative consumption,” although her lifestyle defines it. Environmentally aware, Boehm uses Craigslist and other digital resources to save money and trade pre-owned goods. "We try to live green because it…

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Virginia Repertory Theatre

Many people are surprised to learn that Hugs and Kisses, Virginia’s principle child sexual abuse prevention program, is implemented by Theatre IV, the touring arm of Richmond-based Virginia Repertory Theatre. But Theatre IV, the nonprofit company that produces this groundbreaking…

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Why Colonoscopies Creep Us Out!

The American Cancer Society recently updated its colonoscopy guidelines for men and women, regardless of family history. Visit cancer.org for details. ______________________________________________________________________ Chocolate-laced drool trickling down your preschooler's chin. A demonic clown with green nubs for teeth. Or that eerie…

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9 Common Myths Busted

Working with other nurses, docs, and medical experts for nearly thirty years - plus, parenting two kids and managing a home - I know there are plenty of frightening things out in the world. Like lots of people, I appreciate…

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Author Meg Medina on Raising Readers

What do you get when you put two local children’s literature authors in a room? The Girls of Summer reading list. That’s what happened when Meg Medina became friends with Gigi Amateau, a southern-style young adult author. Motivated by their…

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Is Breast Best?

That one issue of Time magazine in May 2012 attracted more than a little attention when it featured on its cover a young mother nursing her 3-year-old son. The woman's stance – right hand on hip, left arm pulling her son in,…

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Soak It Up!

People often say that kids are like sponges, effortlessly absorbing all the information they encounter. How true!Consider kids who are exposed to two languages in their home and are bilingual before kindergarten, or the children of sports enthusiasts who can…

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Prominent Ears?

While they don’t result in hearing issues for anyone, prominent ears can have a significant psychological impact on children. Most kids (and the parents who love them) do not sense a problem until six or so, when children start to become…

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