Actions in the Wake of Suicide

A friend messaged me late into the night on Sunday. “I lost someone” and “he took his own life” sat front and center on the screen of my phone. As a therapist familiar with the impact suicide has on...

Spring is Coming to the Eastern Panhandle

With the recent and glorious spike in temperature, it’s easy to forget that we were digging ourselves out of 40 inches of snow just a few weeks ago. Spring is coming to the Eastern Panhandle! This time of...

Join the Assets Movement

Join the Assets Movement (JAM) refers to a community movement geared towards preventive solutions rather than interventions. The Search Institute is an organization with over 50 years of research around...
Letter to Senator Manchin

My Letter to Senator Manchin

United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has issued an open call for stories about opioid abuse and how it has affected West Virginians. He intends to read these letters on the Senate Floor to filibuster the...

Find Your Passion

Challenges and frustrations in life are often common and unavoidable. They can take a toll on us emotionally, physically and psychologically. Life can get monotonous, and at its worst, toxic. We sometimes...
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Thinking about Winter

I have been bombarded with breath taking pictures and inspiring stories from people who enjoy the winter light. The sun hangs low in the sky, and the quality of the light is different. The radiant sunrise or...
Ace Score & Resiliency

Ace Score & Resiliency

This article is part of an ongoing series, “What is Your Ace Score?” that explores Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and the community. Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma can have a major effect...
What is your ACE score?

What Is Your ACE Score?

Well, isn't that normal for a family? That worked for my parents and grandparents. They turned out just fine. I have an ACE score of three. I grew up in a family whose outward appearance seemed great. In...

Making a Hope Sandwich

It's a weird title, I know, but Martinsburg is hungry for change. The “Hope Sandwich” is an exercise that may be able to feed that hunger. We all deal with personal daily challenges. Stressors surrounding...

Four Empty Seats: WE CAN Mentor our Youth

I pull into the parking lot and turn off the engine, pausing to take a few deep breathes before getting out of my car and heading towards the church entrance.  The air is crisp, but I can feel the morning sun...