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Staying Healthy

Trying to stay healthy has taken up a lot of my energy over the past year. Obviously, I didn’t want to get COVID (Well, duh!), but if I did end up getting it, I wanted it to be a mild case and be over quickly. My husband, Bill, swears by zinc to boost immunity. He’s been taking it for years. When he was training for his Air Force career, which included lots of foreign travel, a physiologist gave a briefing on ways to stay healthy while working in far-flung places around the world. The...

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Simple Ways to Practice Self-Care While Caring For Your Child with Special Needs

Are you a mom caring for a child with special needs? Do you find yourself constantly exhausted? Do you experience bodily aches and pains? Are you feeling burnout or overwhelmed? If so, you are not alone. When you are a caregiver to your special needs child, it’s easy to overlook your self-care and put all of your time and energy into their needs—day after day. My healing journey began a few years ago when I realized that I couldn’t be my son’s supportive mom and caregiver if something didn’t...

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Missing People

Writing hasn’t been easy this past year. I haven’t written much, and most of what I have written has felt forced. I thought it was the stress of living in “The New Normal.” I thought all the scary things the past year has served up, swirling in my brain, had rendered me unable to focus. I’m sure that has been part of it. But I recently discovered what my bigger problem has been. . . . I miss people. I had a routine colonoscopy last week. (I say “routine” because I didn’t need...

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Celebrate Black History Month

During the month of February, we celebrate every Black and African American who has significantly changed history. This month, and every month of the year, it is important to recognize excellence and celebrate the accomplishments of Black and African Americans. Whether these actions be big or small, some way or another, they helped pave the way for freedom and success. There are so many famous Black and African Americans who influenced history, yet it is important to remember and recognize those...

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Love One Another: A Leadership Series

Today, Voice and Vision is launching the first in a series of leadership initiatives to encourage understanding, awareness, and action around reforming education, healthcare, and criminal justice.  This Leadership Initiative Series explores the Tri-System:  the various pathways in our schools, healthcare, and criminal justice system, which can contribute to success in life or a failure to reach potential.   Common themes along these pathways form the individual topics of this...

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Reading Your Own Obituary

What if you clicked open your news feed one morning and saw your name there . . . . . . followed by your own obituary. You might pinch yourself to make sure you hadn’t died without knowing it. And then you’d probably keep reading to see what had been written about your life. What if you didn’t like what it said? This actually happened to Dr. Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite. He opened his newspaper one morning, and there it was—the announcement of his death. (His brother...

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Serenity Now!

When times are hard, laughter is—as the old saying goes—the best medicine. I can always count on the Seinfeld show to make me laugh. If I come across an episode while I’m channel surfing, I can’t help but watch it to the end. Some of the Seinfeld episodes I find the funniest are the ones that feature the late Jerry Stiller as Frank Costanza. Frank is loud, often obnoxious, and is always coming up with off-the-wall schemes: including ideas for new businesses, new holidays, bizarre inventions,...

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Welcome to a New Year- 2021!

When contemplating what to write for the new year’s message this year from Voice and Vision, Inc., I looked back at 2020 and pondered the difficulties and all the blessings the Voice and Vision family experienced.  A few of the difficulties: some co-workers were on furlough for part of the year, teams navigating the coronavirus rules and policies and virtual work mandates, and a few experienced the coronavirus either for themselves or their family.    The blessings far outweighed...

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Happy Christmas

Such a difficult year. So much out of the ordinary and out of our control. As I tried to get excited about Christmas, I wondered: How could Christmas be as it should be, MERRY, when almost nothing in 2020 has been as it should have been? Merry /ˈmerē/Adjective 1: full of gaiety or high spirits 2: marked by festivity or gaiety Festivity? Gaiety? High spirits? At the close of a brutal year? It felt like too much to hope for. But then my daughters had a bright...

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Get Up Off of That Thing – Wow!

A big thank you to all who attended the Voice and Vision, Inc. 2020 “Wholistic Virtual Conference on December 10th and 11th, 2020. In case you missed it, or attended and want to refresh your memory, more than 150 people tuned in to the Voice & Vision, Inc. 2020 “Wholistic” Virtual Conference.  This year’s theme, “ Get Up Off of That Thing”, focused on Black/African American communities where there are a lot of barriers for those seeking resources for mental health wellness and addictions....

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