It may be hard to believe that, after almost two years, COVID-19 is still a major issue in the U.S. and the world over. It continues to affect our health and health care and to disrupt our daily lives. And the emergence of new variants, like omicron, can add even more uncertainty about when …

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I’ve recently been contacted by a distant cousin. We are both interested in family history and have exchanged information. That has been fine, but she has shared something else… the “tag” she puts on all her emails.

Many of us look back on our time at school with fond memories, but those who were frequently bullied might look back and feel differently. There are not many logical reasons why someone is bullied, but to grasp a deeper understanding of what bullying is, we also need to know how and why bull…

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This coming month we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Many will be cooking turkeys, baking apple pies, pumpkin pies, and sweet potato pies.  It is important to get together with family especially after a long time of being distanced from our families.  

Halloween is one of the most highly anticipated holidays for fun festivities, but it might look a little different this year. With any holiday or special event, families have the opportunity to get creative and create new traditions. The most important part about incorporating new traditions…

Our family has had several pets: two dogs and two cats, to be specific. Our cat, Cali, was the last one to die, just a few weeks ago. She and her sister, Squeaks, were left on our deck by their mother in 2003. Like our dogs, we were blessed by their presence for many years.

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We are just beginning to heal. Many of us, in one way or another, are still suffering under the weight of the pandemic. Many of us had family members affected. Many of us had our lives disrupted. We lost jobs. We lost business. How do begin to pick ourselves up? Do we focus on putting things…

Homelessness is a growing issue in the United States. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were more than 580,000 people experiencing homelessness in the U.S. Since the pandemic began, many businesses have had to close their doors, causing one of the largest waves of unemployment and home e…

Throughout life, many of us are taught that our worth is equal to how much we produce and contribute. This value, while originally thought to inspire work ethic, has instead created a world full of people with some really difficult core beliefs and a tendency for burnout. They tend to burn o…

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When you retire, if you become disabled, or if someone you depend on dies, we are there when you need us.  You can access your information, benefits, and important services from just about anywhere with your personal and secure my Social Security account.  With your mySocial Security account…

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This is my sixth update to the citizens of the 111th district, as your State Representative. I hope your fall has been pleasant so far. Mine has included two trips back to Springfield for session days, each one called for specific purposes. We returned on August 31st to vote once again on th…

Have you seen the way family is portrayed in television and films? Sometimes it can paint the picture perfect family and more often than not it has a dysfunctional family. The one thing they all have in common, despite the portrayals of perfection or dysfunction, is the common theme that no …

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If the pink popping up in store displays and across our screens hasn’t given it away already, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And while it focuses on a serious disease, I always appreciate the opportunity it gives my colleagues and me to highlight ways women can look after their br…