Enduring Mother’s Day Minus our Child

Surviving another Mother’s Day without a son or daughter Written by Eileen Spatz, COA Contributing Writer Approaching Mother’s Day each year used to be a cause for joy.  Mother’s Day provided an opportunity to relish the special attention we’d receive…

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Getting Prepared to Head Back to School

Getting Prepared to Head Back to School (Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash) It’s that time of the year when we wrap up our lazy days, our adventures, family vacations, and our summer jobs. As you start to prepare for…

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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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Honoring Father’s Who Miss A Child

If you are a father coping with the pain of losing a child this Father’s Day, we stand with you today and always. We know it is difficult to lose a child, and it may be heartbreaking to remember they…

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Understanding Grief ~ by Tanya Brown

Understanding Grief & Walk Through The Tornado of Grief Chaos! Losing anyone at any age from any incident is, I believe, the hardest thing anyone can experience. Sadly, death is inevitable. Many of you reading this may not understand the dynamic of…

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Super Bowl ~ Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk

SUPER BOWL PARTY PLANNER TIPS & FACTS Pass Your Keys to a Sober, Designated Driver Before the Super Bowl Begins   Super Bowl Sunday is one of the year’s most dangerous days on the nation’s roadways due to impaired driving. According…

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Drug & Alcohol Free New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve ranks number one in the list of the “booziest” holidays of the year. It is the holiday when people consume the most alcohol, and is also one of the holidays with the highest rates of drunk driving…

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Facing the Holidays with a Hole in your Heart

There it was, carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and nestled snugly in a box of Christmas decorations that I had packed up on New Years Day…Chris’ candle.  Last year, as I approached the holiday season with a lump in my throat—the…

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Thankfulness Found Me by Eileen Spatz

 After Losing a Child, Unforeseen Blessings Still Abound Thankful—are you kidding me?  When I was asked to write a blog about being thankful I simply balked.  Drew a complete blank.  How can any parent of a child lost to addiction…

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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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