It’s Easy to Boost Your Baby’s Spanish with Veoleo

The joy on a child’s face when they learn a new word is priceless. “We want kids to be excited about story time and experience other cultures,” said Alexis Ruginis, co-founder of Veoleo Press. “Language informs the way we see the world.” The word Veoleo is a Spanish portmanteau of

Read more

Stressed Out and Stir Crazy? This is “Ocean Medicine”

Australian Filmmaker Darius Devas understands the mesmerizing and calming power of ocean wave imagery. In “Ocean Medicine,” his personal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Byron Bay filmmaker combines two of his passions: filming the ocean and mental health. “Like many others working in the film and television industry all

Read more

Be Bold, Be Confident, and Make a Vibrant Statement

“In the midst of a global pandemic, joy is essential,” says Rochelle Porter, founder of Rochelle Porter, design for abundant living. Known for her signature colors and patterns, Porter shares, “I want people to look at my prints and get happy! Whether we realize it or not, bold bright colors

Read more

Who is the Comeback Heroine of the Jersey Surf?

Since doors opened in 2017 for Lucky Dog Surf Co. in Sea Bright, New Jersey, Owner Melissa D’Anna has battled Nor’easters and hurricanes, a life-threatening surfing injury that blinded her in one eye, and the coronavirus global pandemic shutdown. Still, she and her shop thrive with contagious optimism. “Bigger waves

Read more

Safe Boating Cures the Need for More Freedom

Lakes, rivers and bays seem to call out for enjoyment on a beautiful day, but with social distancing in force, is this luxury still possible to safely enjoy? “As the country prepares to reopen slowly, we want people to enjoy Lake Oconee to its fullest, even during the COVID-19 pandemic,”

Read more

Behind-the-Scenes Workers Keep Front Lines Strong

During World War II, millions of Americans banded together in a united front of patriotism that crossed cultural boundaries, economic strata, and community structure. Paralleling this era on the home front, our nation is once again in the throes of a new type of battle that calls upon reserves of

Read more

When Flattening the Curve, What Happens to Self-Care?

Mental health advocate and practicing health care attorney Lynn Garson is all too familiar with the sensation of panic, feelings of hopelessness, and uncertainty that accompany times of emotional crisis. An outspoken force for self-care and mental wellness, Garson’s first book, Southern Vapors, is a mental health recovery memoir “that

Read more

The Foster Care System Needs a Boost

Nearly 450,000 children are placed in temporary foster homes across the United States to escape lives of extreme poverty, child abuse, and neglect. “That number represents so many young lives that we each have the power to improve,” says changemaker Dr. John DeGarmo, founder of The Foster Care Institute. As

Read more