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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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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How to Feel More at Peace

Difficult experiences, challenges and negative emotions are a part of our human experience.  And when we don’t know how to process what has happened, we remain stuck in the emotions and pain of our circumstances.  However, for many of us,…

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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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