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Counseling Corner: Face it – Holidays are rarely perfect

Seasonal TV shows, sparkling gifts in stores, magazines full of beautiful holiday scenes. We’re often shown the holiday season as an amazing and joyful time, but maybe your personal holidays aren’t quite so perfect. And this can be disappointing for ...

Take holiday hosting to the next level

It can be easy to impress your holiday guests without overdoing it in the kitchen by putting to use recipes that require little time to prep.

A daughter’s journey: DNA test helps unite lost family members

For the past 38 years, Monique Stone has been on an amazing personal journey to find two people in her life that she never got a chance to know: her birth parents. Stone,

Counseling Corner: Getting the most from that visit to the doctor

This time of year tends to bring on more illnesses. So it’s especially important to pay attention if you have an elderly parent or other relative or friend who may need help facing the flu or other illnesses.

Five hacks for hosting stress-free holiday gatherings

It may feel impossible to fit even more into already jam-packed days, but when the holidays roll around, entertaining and celebrating always find a way. Fortunately, you can find some shortcuts when hosting that offer plenty of festive style while ...

Savor simplicity: Holiday recipes worth sharing

Most great holiday gatherings start with great food and end with quality time spent with loved ones. This holiday season, rely on simple recipes that let you spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating special moments with ...

Counseling Corner: Holiday celebrating without the guilt

The holidays are a fairly emotional time of the year for most of us. For some people, the holiday period brings memories of warm family gatherings and happy times. For others, it may bring feelings of depression related to loved ...

Sankofa Garden Homes: Collard Greens Chicken Soup for the soul

It has been said, “There is nothing new under the sun,” particularly if you Google it today. While all my articles have been about Sankofa Garden Homes outdoors, this month my mind turned to what to do with the harvest ...

Counseling Corner: Making holiday travel a better experience

We are entering one of the busiest and most stressful travel periods of the year.

Counseling Corner: Midlife dating can actually be fun

As we reach the holiday season, it’s not uncommon for someone not in a relationship to feel a need to be with a significant other, or at least to have someone to take with him or her to that office ...

Counseling Corner: How to tell when a marriage is in trouble

Divorce is a fairly common reality in the U.S. While the most often cited statistic is that 50 percent of marriages will end in divorce, current estimates are that the number is actually in the range of 42 to 45 ...

Simple yet stunning menu for easy entertaining

One of the best-kept chef secrets to hosting the most memorable at-home parties is keeping the food simple and adding small details to make it special. After all, a host who isn’t hard at work in the kitchen is a ...

Counseling Corner: Sticking with exercise for better physical and mental health

It isn’t news that there are many benefits to regular exercise, yet this nation still faces a growing obesity problem, high levels of stress and increased incidences of depression, despite the fact that numerous studies show exercise can help combat ...

Counseling Corner: Understanding, overcoming it road rage

Today’s streets and highways are more crowded than ever. If you’re driving almost anywhere these days, you’re often encountering bad drivers, traffic jams and road construction. The stress and anger that go along with driving frustrations is a fairly common ...

Sankofa Garden Homes: The many benefits of living in the garden

This month I will focus on another theme that does not have direct relationship to planting or harvesting in our Sankofa Home Gardens. I would like to focus on “living in the garden.”

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