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Striving to attain self- sufficiency

Many struggle to achieve any sort of lasting stability. The last thing I thought I’d ever say was that I like paying bills! I spent a good number of years scraping pennies together, making payment arrangements or having to pay a bill on location right on the due date....

Pathway to grade-level reading

My son wasn’t reading at grade-level at the end of third grade. His struggle set off a series of interventions that seemed to only improve things slightly.Unfortunately, it wasn’t until the end of eighth grade that we finally got a correct diagnosis: dyslexia. Up...

Community Connections: The pain of success

From columnist, Renee Kumor: There’s a lot to be said for success. And we can find success in a lot of places. Sometimes we make it, and sometimes we benefit from it and sometimes we all bask in its glow. Like the evening I joined many of my friends at the Children...

Talking to young children about race

There is variety in every living thing, and our brains can sort and distinguish among these differences very early on. Children can, and do, sort by race at a very young age. Studies show that children show familiarity with their own race consistently by 6 months of...

Mental illness is not a crime

It pains me when we hear about a mass shooting and immediately blame mental illness. I confess I’ve done the same. Until now. Over the past year, I’ve walked with a family member through a mental health diagnosis. It’s been gut-wrenching and eye-opening. To quote a...