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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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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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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Reality Party for Parents

“Many adults feel drinking and drug use is a rite of passage. They assume teen parties are the same as when they were young. Straight Up youth want parents to face the current realities of today’s “out of control” teen…

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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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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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Finding Peace Amid Your Grief

  Tanya Brown, sister to the late Nicole Brown Simpson is no stranger to adversity or trauma. Faced with near overwhelming life challenges, including an attempted suicide, Tanya used obstacles in her path to ultimately improve the quality of her…

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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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Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking is the #2 crime in America behind drug trafficking. It is the fastest growing criminal industry in our country. The average age of a trafficking victim is 13 years old. Hear the story of Pure Hope Foundation Learn…

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