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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...
The Decline of Civil Discourse

The Decline of Civil Discourse

Politics, Technology
How Targeted Media and Technology are Shaping Our Conversations in The Chaos of Our Ever-Fragmenting World, Illustrated by the Israel Conflict Civil discourse, the cornerstone of democratic societies, has been on a concerning decline in recent years. Amid this backdrop of escalating tensions and diminished dialogue, one cannot help but dissect the forces driving our global community away from mutual understanding and towards division. Chief among these drivers is the media's tidal shift from universally appealing platforms to niche and demographically targeted content. Coupled with the subtle yet profound influence of AI algorithms, echo chambers emerge, amplifying polarization. This is starkly evident in the portrayal of events as complex as the current Israel-Hamas conflict, where th...
Keppie’s Korner

Keppie’s Korner

Uncategorized
Hi friends! It’s me, Keppie Meyer! Thanks to my good friend Sadie, a fellow rescue pup, I have been inspired to help other dogs just like us find their happy homes.  There are many animals around Hampton Roads that could benefit from a happy home.  Sadie and I encourage you to visit one of the local animal shelters in our area, as there are many wonderful furry friends anxiously awaiting their “furever home”.   Dr. Keppie Meyer, Life Coach This month, we are featuring a pet from the Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center (NACC).  This shelter, located at 5586 Sabre Road in Norfolk has so many great pets and a very knowledgeable staff, waiting to help you find your new best friend.  Gaining a new best friend in your home is a simple and a...
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 favo...
Voices From The Garden

Voices From The Garden

Art & Culture
The Virginia Women’s Monument is Dedicated on October 14 Seven bronze statues of women were unveiled at nation’s first monument  honoring the full scope of women’s contributions & achievements. Historic Virginia women in bronze assembled on Capitol Square in Richmond to share their stories and have their voices be heard across four centuries of Virginia history. Voices from the Garden: The Virginia Women’s Monument was dedicated on Monday, October 14. Following the National Anthem by members of the Richmond Symphony Chorus led by Lisa Fusco of VCU and an invocation by Rev. Emily Edmondson of Christ Episcopal Church in Marion, Va., the dedication ceremony featured remarks from Governor Ralph S. Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam; The Honorable Mary Margaret ...
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...
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...
Seniors’ Guide to Navigating the Digital Age: Quick Start with AI and ChatGPT

Seniors’ Guide to Navigating the Digital Age: Quick Start with AI and ChatGPT

Community, Technology
In today's fast-paced and ever-evolving world, technology is changing at an astonishing pace, reshaping the way we live, communicate, and interact. The relentless march of innovation seems to have brought forth remarkable advancements, and at the forefront of this digital revolution are Artificial Intelligence (AI) and AI-driven chatbots, such as the incredible ChatGPT. While the idea of AI might appear difficult or even intimidating at first glance, it is worth noting that these technologies are not only cutting-edge but also remarkably user-friendly and, most importantly, exceptionally beneficial—especially for seniors who find themselves at that unique intersection of traditional wisdom and contemporary technology. As the digital landscape continues to evolve, we can now see how senior...
Fabulous Finds

Fabulous Finds

Fashion
By Chelsea Straw Ask anyone with curly hair and they’ll tell you of their hair journey that will more often than not include tales of bad salon experiences and moments they’ve walked the line of deciding to shave it all off.  You’ll also learn about the shocking amounts of money they’ve spent on products that ended up not working for them at all.  This is why when Michelle Williams started Versus Salon 18 years ago, she committed to learning all that she could about curly and textured hair so that she could offer support to a curly community desperately in need.   Michelle began by becoming certified through the now popular DevaCurl brand, learning the special techniques required to properly cut curly hair, and brought the first DevaCurl inspired salon to Virg...
Civility vs Disrespect vs  Behaving as an Adult for Virginia  By Bruce Meyer – Publisher of Hampton Roads Weekly

Civility vs Disrespect vs Behaving as an Adult for Virginia By Bruce Meyer – Publisher of Hampton Roads Weekly

Headlines, Politics
On Tuesday, July 30th, the Virginia General Assembly hosted a Special Joint Session in Jamestown, Virginia to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the first legislative body to operate in the New World.   The featured guest was the President of the United States - Donald J Trump.  This ceremony was supposed to be a non-partisan celebration of Virginia’s rich history and the foundational beginnings of what would one day become the United States of America. For the most part, all of the goals were accomplished.  We had dignitaries from throughout the world in attendance; however, some of Virginia’s own elected officials unwisely decided to play partisan politics and “boycott” because President Trump was to be in attendance.  There are certain special occasions when po...