Shout Out to Pastor Pondo

Fourteen suicides and substance-related deaths took place in the span of one year in San Clemente. All fourteen of these victims were under the age of 25. Words like “epidemic” and “panic” were fervently exchanged among the community. Why was…

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1,461 Days Without You By Eileen Spatz

October 23, 2017 Dear Blue, It has been exactly 1,461 days since I lost you, my precious son.   And even after that many days, four full years of daily sunrises and sunsets, I still ache in every nook and cranny…

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Celebrating the 4th of July Sober by Alexis Graff

Holidays may be a very stressful time for those who are fighting addiction and living a sober life. The Fourth of July is no different.     The Fourth typically hosts a variety of celebrations such as- BBQs, parades, carnivals,…

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Why Tennis

Tennis Is A Life Game, By Pondo Vleisides We all want to do something in the sports field yet find ourselves not the superstar to play team sports and golf, “the little white ball” forget about it. As coach and player…

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Sports Injuries can lead to Opioid Addiction ~ Doctors over-prescribing pain medications can lay foundation for addiction

We parents know the joy that sports and athletic activities can bring to the lives of our kids.  Starting in childhood, most kids begin dabbling in this sport or that and along the way may discover a special talent that…

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Playing Guitar to Promote Healthy Living

Three summers ago, Ian lost his brother Damon Allen Stanley to a heroin overdose on August 20th. In memory of him, Ian played the next day with the Los Rios Rock School at The House of Blues and dedicated a song to…

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Parents Drinking Near Children

Many parents are in full blown party mode over Memorial Day Weekend and guess who’s watching? Take a good look at your surroundings and keep track of your children. Studies have shown that the average age an American girl has…

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Why Gaming? By Ryan Moore

While I was studying at the University of Colorado, Boulder, I noticed that during the spring, summer, and fall, people were always active, finding things to do such as going to a concert, lively party, rock climbing or bicycling through…

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Eating Disorder Identification, Prevention, and Treatment

Let’s face it, our lives are so busy sometimes that we occasionally push meals to the side. We are often so busy that we don’t notice how we may be depriving ourselves of balanced, nutritional meals. Or perhaps, as parents,…

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Why Music? by Jill Wood

There is just no other medium that brings people together the way music does. That’s what I love about music. It breaks through barriers and creates real, authentic connection which we all need. It’s just amazing to watch a crowd of…

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