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My Turn: Mental health first aid

What is stigma? The dictionary defines it as “a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality or person.” Stigma is a word that has the power to isolate people and stop people from asking for help, even when they need it. When it comes to the stigma associated with depression, thoughts of suicide and […]

No Comment / March 22, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

My Turn: Remedy for disaster

It’s true — we don’t belong anywhere on the age spectrum. We’re not 7 or 12 or 20. We’re in this random space — this gap — a black hole in the middle of nowhere. Being a teenager is harder than it sounds. As a teen I completely understand. And when parents tell you they get it and teachers say […]

No Comment / March 01, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Photography professor brings meaning to San Quentin images

It all started about four years ago when Sacramento State photography Professor Nigel Poor was shown a single box of photo negatives at San Quentin State Prison. Now she is in the midst of a huge project to organize, scan and produce prints from several thousand negatives taken at the prison between 1935 and 1986. […]

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American Century can’t stop that giving feeling

American Century Championship Tahoe News release The 2016 American Century Championship “Can’t Stop the Feeling” of giving continues to support area nonprofits as the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority distributed $51,984 among 20 organizations through funds raised during the annual celebrity golf tournament. The announcement and check presentations were made at the organization’s Nov. 10 board […]

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Ask a care manger: Mental health awareness

Mental health awareness is a vital part of a healthy community.  Issues surrounding mental health are pervasive amongst all demographics and should not be overlooked as we age.  The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 20 percent of the aging population is struggling with some type of mental health disorder and these numbers are likely […]

Comments Off on Ask a care manger: Mental health awareness / July 13, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

My Turn: Help our veterans now

Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom, and the dignity of the individual, have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high. But, we have never been unwilling to pay that price. Those who say we are in a time when there are […]

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Billingsley’s Bullets: New beginnings are fun

It is that time of the year when I think about what I want to add to my life or subtract from my life. Most of the time, even years have been better than odd years in my life. Feeling better physically is my ultimate goal in 2016. I am still recovering from a stroke […]

Comments Off on Billingsley’s Bullets: New beginnings are fun / January 03, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »



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