Meatless and Motivated: Boosting Black Veganism

In the realm of healthier eating, Black Americans are the fastest growing group of vegans, according to a Gallup poll. Veganism is a plant-based diet that excludes all meat, fish and all animal by-products. One Brockton couple is bringing more people of color into the fold. Tome`and his wife Valery Andrade have been vegan for six years, and plan to…

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My mother’s unloved diamond ring

We treasure what loved ones left behind, like a favorite piece of jewelry. Or was it? My mother’s engagement ring has quite a story, and now at age 67, I understand why she never wore it. She married my dad in 1950, and later in the 1980’s, after my mother’s death, the sparkly European-cut diamond ring was appraised at $5,000….

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Suzette Teaches How To Write About Death and Dying – Register!

Writing about death is intimate.  More personal than writing about sex, your bank balance, or whatever “stayed in Las Vegas.” Beginning Tuesday, October 12, 2021, I will teach a 7-week writing course for The School of American Thanatology. My classes will blend practical writing tips and guided imagery exercises toward authenticity, vulnerability, and effective writing communication. These are abilities needed…

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Mental Health: Turn Off TV News, Instead Read it

Relentless negativity sends me into fetal-position sadness and defeat. How about you? Our “new normal” is abnormal. For positive mental health, turn off TV news. Instead, read the news. It gives you more control of what you’re taking in, according to Dr. Daniela Gitlin, author of Practice, Practice, Practice: This Psychiatrist’s Life.   In her 30+ years of practice in…

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Ask yourself: is this the way you want to live?

What change do you yearn to make? Take a deep breath and share it with a trusted someone.  Make it real through declaration. There is accountability when you hear, “So what’s happening with…?” Recently, “Jenny,” a friend in her 30’s, announced, “I need to look for a new job.” This is no small thing.  Previously, she was on a tight,…

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