Mirror Mirror

A reflection of addiction is what you see when you look in the mirror. She grew up in a loving home, but a low sense of self-confidence drove her to experiment with drugs at an […]

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Purple is for Penance | The Pilgrimage to Rincón Cuba

Purple is for Penance Every December 17th faithful followers from all over Cuba will make a pilgrimage to the city of Rincón for the Feast Day of San Lazaro. The most revered saint in Cuba; […]

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The Cultural Consequences of Addiction

Wilkes County Traditions What do NASCAR, moonshine, and Lowe’s Home Improvement have in common? They all got their start in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Situated in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Wilkes County is […]

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Animal Welfare Laws in Cuba

Homeless dogs, animal sacrifices and cockfighting are just the tip of the iceberg  One of the stories I’m working on in Cuba is animal welfare. In Cuba, where the inhumane treatment of animals has long […]

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Recovering from Opioid Addiction with
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Brooke Stanley holds a photo of her and her son taken at Chuck E. Cheeses the day before she went into her last rehab for Opioid addiction. Experimenting with drugs since the age of 14, […]

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Opioid Addiction in Rural Appalachia | Wilkesboro North Carolina

An Ex-Hospice Chaplain Talks About Opioid Addiction In Rural Communities Fred Wells Brason II was a Hospice Chaplain before founding Project Lazarus a nonprofit he organized as a response to the extremely high overdose mortality rates […]

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The Guitar Artist | The Fusion of Wabi-Sabi and Rock n’ Roll

The Japanese word wabi-sabi means a beauty that comes from irregularity (wabi) and age (sabi). It’s not about mass produced or pretty and smooth. It’s a concept, an aesthetic and a worldview. The Guitar Artist offers […]

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Heroes Reborn | How My Service Dog Helped Me Get Out of the House

“We took a wrong turn and the dirt road suddenly narrowed,” said Adrian Cameron speaking of his experience in Northern Iraq. I met Adrian at a training event for service dogs. “One of our fuel […]

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Heroes Reborn – Service Dogs Helping Veterans Suffering from PTSD

“I drive a motorcycle and my license plate says HULK, like the Incredible Hulk,” says David Castro, a Gulf War veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD], “because that’s my metaphor for PTSD. The Hulk […]

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