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

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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

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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

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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

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