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Resiliency for Family Caregivers: Navigating Times of Crisis

Resiliency for Family Caregivers: Navigating Times of Crisis

Community
Times of crisis may bring out both the best and also the worst in us. During the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve heard stories of people hoarding items and selling them in order to make an excessive profit, along with stories of people who selflessly met the needs of others despite their own fears. The key to weathering the storms in an appropriate way is resiliency. Mia Bartoletti, clinical psychologist for the Navy SEAL Foundation, works with families of individuals serving in the armed forces, and provides tips which can help build resiliency for family caregivers through any time of crisis. 1. Express your reactions. It is common to experience many different responses to a crisis: flashbacks to other overwhelming situations, dreams and nightmares, withdrawal and avoidance, c
Live Like Freddie…The Best Advice in Business and Life

Live Like Freddie…The Best Advice in Business and Life

Business, Community
Positive poignant lessons learned from a beloved businessman as told by his daughter. Misguided Traditions… Jadis and Freddie turn wounds into wisdom By Connie Aron Meyer The most influential woman in my life was an amazing American woman who happened to be Black.  I identified Jadis in this way, because this is the way Jadis taught me. Being American always came first, before being identified by the color of her skin.  Jadis and I spent our days together in the turbulent 1960’s, when I was a child and Jadis was the glue that held our household and family together.  Jadis helped us in our home “watching out” for me, cleaning, washing, drying, ironing, prepping meals-everything my parents did not have time to do for us since they both worked long hours.  My dad
How the Greatest Generation Can Save Our Current Generation

How the Greatest Generation Can Save Our Current Generation

Politics, Uncategorized
By Bruce Meyer After the terrible tragedies and prevalence of violence we have all witnessed recently, people all over the country are once again asking when this madness will stop.  There are two primary strategies that have been discussed for several years.  The first strategy discussed by Democrats and the media is gun control.  The second strategy discussed by Republicans is arming schools and citizens and eliminating stringent gun control laws.  We can debate for years (and we have) the advantages and disadvantages of each proposed strategy; however, at the end of the day, they are not solutions to the problem.  They are, in fact, just a band aid.  The infection is still raging and both strategies are not the “antibiotic” that will cure this di
Tech Talk-Vote Mobile

Tech Talk-Vote Mobile

Technology
Vote Mobile Over 200 million people have access to mobile devices in the United States. Still, only 138 million people voted in our presidential election.  This needs to change. We now have the technology to put the power of the vote in the hands of every United States citizen who is of age. The more people we have involved in our governmental elections, the more representative and democratic our government will truly be: of the people, by the people, for the people Voting is a crucial piece of our democracy. It has been from the very beginning when representatives from the original 13 colonies voted to declare our independence from England. We also encoded this right in our founding documents with the individuals and representatives both voting. These rights have slowly but stea...
Vietnam Garden Restaurant

Vietnam Garden Restaurant

Food
By Connie MeyerVietnam Garden is such a treasured, hidden-gem of a restaurant in Virginia Beach, I almost hesitated to write and tell the world about it.  A knowledgeable foodie friend of mine, Lisa Richmon, co-owner of Roast Rider Coffee and Tea at Hilltop, clued me in about 15 years ago, and it never disappoints!  It’s the kind of family-owned, cozy restaurant that lives in an unassuming shopping center off Virginia Beach Boulevard just west of TJ Maxx.  You’d likely never find it, or even venture in, if someone didn’t let you know about it.Vietnam Garden teases the most flavor out of the freshest food imaginable. The menu is authentic and traditional but the dish explanations are in English and the friendly staff is always there to help.Here are some of our family’s favorites:  Most cu
St. Matthews and the Catholic Schools System Making Their Mark in Hampton Roads

St. Matthews and the Catholic Schools System Making Their Mark in Hampton Roads

Art & Culture
By Krissy Weinhardt The Catholic Schools system here in Hampton Roads is quite unified in their mission, to “empower leaders one faith-filled day at a time”.  Since 1963 schools like St. Matthews' in Virginia Beach have provided a rigorous academic curriculum for its students in addition to discipline, tradition and strong Christian values to prepare children for their academic future and as citizens in our community.  Their philosophy is based on the belief that the purpose of their schools is to provide a Christ-centered environment, in unison with both family and community.  They believe this encourages a life-long pursuit of learning through spiritual, academic, and physical education.   No one better embodies these philosophies as does Development Direct
Why The Kindest Words May Be… Tell Me

Why The Kindest Words May Be… Tell Me

Focus on Philanthropy
I could have answered my client’s question in the first two minutes of our call, if only she’d taken a breath. She was describing her property-line dispute with a level of detail only necessary if her hedge had been the site of a double homicide and I were the lead detective. Since she’d called just to ask about her trial date, and since I’d heard her story before, I was anxious to wrap things up. But the trial date wasn’t really why she called, as I concluded more than 15 minutes later. What she really craved was a listener. And I wasn’t being a very good one. It may be misguided to start a column by writing about a skill I haven’t yet mastered, especially when my years of trying cases, working in education, and teaching courses on, of all things, communication, should make me bett
A War With No Ammo…Amerishield PPE

A War With No Ammo…Amerishield PPE

Headlines
For two decades now, America has joined the world in being dangerously dependent on China for their medical supplies. And for two decades now policy wonks have been warning of what this could mean for America’s national security and economic stability. We never took stock of their concerns because there was never a need to do so. But like everything in the last year, Coronavirus changed that. China’s ruling political party, the CCP, has been on a not-so-secret campaign to drastically subsidize and impose wild-west type “regulations” on medical manufacturing, making their products uber cheap. This has pushed much of the global competition out of the way, leaving China as the primary manufacturer of key medical equipment. During a global pandemic, this means massive shortages in perso
Why Do We Love To Hate?

Why Do We Love To Hate?

Community
by Caleb Knox If you were to ask what people believe is the greatest threat facing our nation right now, you could expect a wide variety of answers. Among concerns of Coronavirus, gun violence or immigration, there would likely be mention of our national divides. Incoming research from political scientists is showing us that Americans no longer hold a shared sense of national identity. More than ever Republicans and Democrats view the other as being motivated by hate, while their party is motivated by love. This development, simply put, is not stable.   So what is pushing us toward hating each other? Although it can be tempting to see our current state of polarization as a more recent threat to our nation’s well being, the Founders were well aware of the dangers of rigid group
Scouts –  Preparing Our Young People For Life

Scouts – Preparing Our Young People For Life

Community
By John Scheib Scouting in South Hampton Roads proudly marches on and is as relevant today as it was more than 100 years after its origin.  With its youth development program that is centered on values, citizenship, and preparing young people for life, Scouting has extended its reach to boys and girls to help them “be prepared” for life.  HISTORY On September 21, 1911, twenty eight of Norfolk’s most prominent businessmen met to form the Norfolk Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA). In 1934, the Cub Scout program was formally adopted by the Norfolk Council. The challenge of the day was “new ambition for greater service to more boys throughout America.”  In January 1935, the council was given its present name, The Tidewater Council, Inc., BSA.  Today, the cou