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Diane York is a Richmond-based freelancer, mother, and grandmother and regular contributor to RFM. She writes about lifestyle and wellness issues.

    Grow Your Own Business in Virginia!

    Starting your own business takes resilience, creativity, and hard work – especially when your business is all about working the land! What can make it or break it is a firm commitment to the concept, labor that’s free (at first),…

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    Down to Business in the City!

    Maggie Lena Walker – daughter of a freed slave and an Irish American newspaperman and the first woman to open and operate a successful bank in the United States – would be proud to behold her old neighborhood, Jackson Ward,…

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    Splendid Sanctuary for Families

    Entering the new outpatient facility built for kids and families is a breathtaking experience. The 15-story, glass-faced building sparkles against the traditional brick facades of downtown RVA. Its architecture celebrates color, light, air, and art. For Stephanie Rasmon, mom of…

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    Calling Them Home to Ireland

    It is the dream of many immigrants to bring their children back to see their country of origin one day. My great- grandmother came to the United States from Ireland when she was a teen. Her daughter and granddaughter (my…

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    Social Needs for Special Kids

    A disability can be something as invisible as dyslexia or as apparent as a spinal cord injury. Disabilities of all kinds can act as a barrier to your child’s physical and emotional development. But what about social skills? No matter…

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    Because Family is Forever

    “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”  –Nelson Mandela Janeva Smith was nineteen and living in a car with her newborn baby. Terrified social services would take her…

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    Baby Making Today

    At twenty-four, Richmonder Haley DeRoche was getting anxious. She had tried for a year to get pregnant with no results. Her doctor tested her and her husband for a variety of problems, but found none. Haley was told she had…

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    When a Child is Missing

    There was a certain panic in that voice that made me stop and look around. A middle-aged man was standing in front of the theatre; his head darted from person to person as the crowd made its way to the…

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    Tale of Two Preemies

    One out of every eight infants in the United States is born prematurely each year. Preterm-related causes of death account for about thirty-five percent of all infant deaths, more than any other single cause. Babies born too soon have to fight…

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    Learning Separately

    Frank and Bettina Hinckle’s son Ethan was doing well in public schools, but his parents knew how tough the middle school years can be for some kids. So they took a look at Seven Hills School in Richmond, a school…

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