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Robin Farmer is a freelance journalist who enjoys writing stories that engage, educate, and empower readers. A screenwriter and poet, she resides in Hanover County with her husband, Mike, and a YA novel-in-the-making.

    Starting a School from Scratch!

    When LeBron James opened the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, at the start of this school year, the optimism was off the charts. Here in Richmond, Johnny Harris can relate to the euphoria of starting a school from scratch, even though he…

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    Everybody Loses, Everybody Wins!

    While weight loss tops most New Year’s resolutions, one Richmond-area family of five is kicking off 2018 with an incredible head start: They’ve already lost a combined total of 398 pounds. “We’ve lost [the equivalent of] a whole person, as each one of us used to weigh almost that much,” says Vern Phelps,…

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    Christmas Mothers in July

    When asked to serve as the 2014 Christmas Mother, Maya Smart initially demurred, saying the timing wasn’t right. In fact, it was long overdue. The selection of Smart, thirty-four, propelled the 80-year-old program that raises money for needy families into…

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    Next Stop Richmond!

    Richmonder Michael Robinson's journey to the pinnacle of professional football began when he was five. From then on, he found himself on a team striving for excellence. The standout student and athlete thrived at Varina High School and Penn State…

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    Hands-On Driving

    Few actions we undertake on a daily basis are as dangerous as just plain driving a car. If the driver is distracted – by eating, grooming, talking on the phone, or texting – the risk of harm or death skyrockets.…

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    High Seas Discovery

    Life moves at warp speed. One day my niece, Bianca, two, wants to sit cheek-to-cheek with me and watch television, her chubby arm too short to hook around my shoulders. In a blink of an eye, she is thirteen, nearly…

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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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