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Why do Teenagers Smoke so much Marijuana? Part One

According to a recent report by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, more teens are smoking marijuana with nearly 1 in 10 smoking at least 20 or more times a month, according to a new survey of young people. A Huffington Post blog by Jennifer C. Kerr states, "The findings on marijuana track closely with those in a recent University of Michigan study sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health. That study also found marijuana use rising among teens the past few years, reversing a long decline in the previous decade." More...

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Family Life: Some Thoughts About the Role of the Father

Ever since the "women's liberation movement" there was a tendency to think that fathers are unimportant as compared to mothers. In fact, doing a "Google Search" of family research, shows that many more studies have been done of the role of mother as compared to the role of the father More...

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U.S. Army's Wounded Warrior Program Aims for Multifaceted Wellness

April marks the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Army's Wounded Warrior program. While I'd heard of this program and admired the Army's dedication to caring for its own, it was only recently that I learned just how comprehensive and valuable the program is for active soldiers and veterans. Moreover, the program's structure is a stellar example of how we can all achieve wellness, even in the midst of disability or illness. More...

 
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How To Reduce Your Child's Texting While Improving Parent/Child Communication
Here's a question I was recently asked and I share it here along with a response to help parents who may be struggling with the same issues: My 14 and 16-year-old kids are constantly texting their friends. We bought them phones so we could stay in touch when we're apart. But they are so preoccupied with texting their friends, we barely communicate with each other anymore. Any suggestions of how we can reduce the texting while improving our communication? More...


The Power Behind a Power Nap
Are you one of those who believe that an afternoon nap is laziness or for old and sick people? That seems to be our American attitude towards sleep. We work all day without a break except, perhaps, a brief lunch period. Then, we go to our next job and, for some of us, that is followed by a third job. We just push down the tiredness and keep on going. We believe the old watch commercial, "We take a licking but keep on ticking." The trouble is that we do not keep on ticking. More...


One Dog's Impact on a Family,Our Friend, Kimba
On December 13th, 2007, our twelve-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, Kimba, died of cancer after a long illness. She was with our family from the time she was a small puppy until she passed away yesterday. Some people may wonder how people can take the death of an animal so seriously. More...


A Little About Me
My name is Ellen and I wrote this book. I have also suffered from dysthymia (see page 4) since I was 13 years old. More...


Media Ratings: Video Games - Part I
The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has created a content ratings system indicating video games' age-appropriateness. Game producers and publishers created this system voluntarily, and game publishers have to sign a contract to adhere to labeling and to adhering to the system. However, the actual people who rate the content of the games do not actually play the entire game; instead, they watch video clips of certain passages of the game play. More...


The Flu
The flu is an illness caused by a virus. Like a cold, it attacks the nose, throat, and lungs. More...


Older Americans Month: Preventing Falls to Enhance Wellbeing
In a nutshell, our nation's elders have given us so much and have so much more to contribute in their later years - it makes sense for us to show our gratitude and to help them learn how to stay well both physically and emotionally. One way to do that is to reduce the risk of falls. Falls claim the lives of over 21,000 older adults and send over 2 million older people to the emergency room each year. Because the older population is growing, falls will only become more prevalent unless we take steps to reduce fall risk among our elders. More...


Two Keys to Self-Esteem
We've all heard of self-esteem, but what is it really? More importantly, how do we develop it if we feel we're running a little low in the self-esteem department? First, it's important to know what gives us self-esteem. This elusive concept has two aspects: More...