Health

Mental Models

In 2012, a cardio defibrillator was implanted in my heart; the Electrophysiologist told me it had an eight-year life expectancy before replacing the battery. I adhered to the physician’s instructions and was confident my device would relax easily. Early in 2020, with the unchecked spread of COVID, deliberate…

A Mental Health Journey: Camille Bennett

  Camille Bennett wears many hats. She is Co-owner and Director of Focus Scope – 3 child care centers; the Founder and Executive Director of Project Say Something, a non-profit group advocating racial justice; and the Minister of Living Spirit Church. This workload can be taxing and yield…

Causal Directions 

One thing that marvels me the most is watching a baby nearing her seventh month leaning against the sofa. She’s ready to take that first momentous step forward. Then, as she moves gently away, she takes her first step and plops! That’s joyful to watch. The next thing…

Time for Change

  By Ute Bonn Pitts Living in the current situation will make us look deeper into ourselves and what we are about. War, pandemic, inflation, food shortages – all fear-inducing. It is not easy to stay positive and have faith, and trust that God has it under control….

Undiagnosed

  About this work Undiagnosed is a series of self-portraits that explores my journey with mental health struggles.  With this project, I wanted to provide visual representations of my feelings living with depression and social anxiety.  During the fall semester of 2021, I struggled the hardest with my…

The Frequency of Intention vs. Resolution 

  Photo by Karlis Reimanis on Unsplash The Quantum You, 2022  Have you or will you make resolutions for the New Year? Chances are you have. Chances are you will. Odds are, you won’t keep them. The grim statistics show only 8% of resolutions will survive the year,…

Staff of Life Cafe’ and Bed and Breakfast: Vegan Splendor

Photo by April Vafeas:  Crabcake and Asparagus My Review: “If you want delicious Vegan cuisine in a warm Southern setting served by a renowned chef and teacher, visit Staff of Life. Everything I’ve tasted there, from the salad, homemade bread, crab cakes, pasta, and my favorite, chicken cordon…

Patience: Balancing the Odds with Optimism

 During my annual mammogram and subsequent testing of suspicious calcifications, I was diagnosed with Stage 0 DCIS BREAST CANCER. Stage 0 ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is non-invasive cancer where abnormal cells may be in the lining of the breast milk duct. In Stage 0 breast cancer, the…