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Jacksonville, TX, United States

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Past articles by Tamra:

Summer is Here! Learn the 10 Key Signs of Dehydration (and How to Fight It)

Learn to recognize the signs of mild and chronic dehydration—some are not intuitive!—and experts share how to easily fight dehydration. → Read More

Veteran Mark Green's Journey From Poverty To Success

Abandoned by his father at age 8, Mark E. Green spent his childhood in poverty, his teens in and out of trouble and was just another kid destined to be a statistic until he decided to change his life and joined the Army.From a buck private to Inspector General, Mark Green’s military journey was anything but easy. [...] → Read More

PepsiCo, IBM and Other Companies Give Back To Veterans

By definition, large corporations are primarily focused on the bottom line. But some companies manage to keep their eye on the balance sheet and still give back to veterans.PepsiCo has a long legacy of military hiring and supporting programs for veterans and their families, among other things offering an employee resource group called VALOR that [...] → Read More

Skijoring—A Different (and Dangerous!) Winter Sport

For hundreds of years skijoring or “ski driving” has been a part of Scandinavian life, but the unique winter sport didn’t take hold in the U.S. until troops trained in mountain and winter warfare returned home from World War II.Traditionally, dogs were used to pull people on wooden boards, but modern-day skijorers use horses, dogs and even [...] → Read More

Can Stress Be Good For You?

With his full silver mane and engaging Scottish brogue, the world-renowned neuropsychologist Ian Robertson resembles a big screen star more than an academic. Currently the Co-Director of the Global Brain Health Institute, Robertson has published more than 200 books and articles on the subject of behavior change, brain plasticity, brain health, aging and Alzheimer’s disease. [...] → Read More

How Three Men Are Helping The Native American Community

Many Native Americans, especially those living on reservations, struggle with poverty, lack of education, substance abuse and family violence. While the tribal unit usually offers some support to overcome these problems, young Native Americans are in desperate need of positive role models. I found three such men, each one incredibly talented and educated in their [...] → Read More

Trendspotter Marian Salzman Talks The Trends You Can Expect in 2018

Top trend-spotter, Marian Salzman, of Havas PR in New York, has once again released her predicted trends to look for in 2018. Marian has managed to make some scary accurate predictions of societal trends over the last several years. For 2018, the predictions lean toward the gloomier side, but there are also silver linings in [...] → Read More

Author Kwame Alexander On How Giving Back Changed His World View

Some people talk about giving back and some people put feet to their dreams, Kwame Alexander is one of those “feet to dream” people. This past summer, Alexander helped a remote village in Ghana start a library for the local children, but even he couldn’t have imagined how his dream would take shape. A New [...] → Read More

A European-Style Vacation Without Leaving The Country

Dream of visiting Europe, but don’t want the hassle of passports, customs and extended travel time? Just off the coast of Washington is a group of islands that will have you believing you are “over the pond”. Even the island residents refer going to the mainland as “coming to America” or “going across the pond”. [...] → Read More

Veteran Organizations That Are Making A Difference

Several times a year, we are reminded of the sacrifices and unforgettable contributions our military men and women make by serving their country. This weekend, Veterans Day is an important day for every American. It is a day to remember the cost of freedom and to show our appreciation for all our service men and [...] → Read More

Why You Should Thank a Veteran

Every day, about 492 World War II veterans die. Of the 16 million who served during that war, only 855,000 are still alive. The Korean and Vietnam veterans are dying at the rate of around 350 a day. Just last year in my family, we lost an uncle who served in the Army and recently, my [...] → Read More

The Queen Reigns Supreme: Medieval Times Introduces Its First Female Monarch

A black stallion with flowing mane and tail thunders to the middle of the arena and his armor-clad rider introduces the brave knights of the realm, one by one. Where else can you see jousting, sword fights, regal courtiers, squires and a ruling Queen? At the Medieval Times castles of course. There are eight castles [...] → Read More

The Golden Compass Author Philip Pullman's New Trilogy Is Here!

Fans of The Golden Compass trilogy have been eagerly awaiting a new book from British author Philip Pullman. The first in his new Book of Dust trilogy, Volume One: La Belle Sauvage, is out this week and is sure to have fans running to the bookstore or clicking madly to download this latest work. Since [...] → Read More

5 Fabulous Places For Empty-Nesters To Explore

The number of empty-nesters is growing every year in the U.S. due to the large number of baby boomers sending their last chicks (sometimes “grandchicks”) off to college and/or the workplace. Making a smooth transition from one phase of life to another can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you were so busy you didn’t [...] → Read More

Photos: The REAL Dogs of Salvage Dawgs!

The popular DIY show Salvage Dawgs is based on the real-life Blue Ridge business of Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke, Virginia. CEO Mike Whiteside and President Robert Kulp created a partnership that has succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. If you’re wondering why they chose the name Salvage Dawgs…it harks back to Mike’s beloved black Labrador, Molly. [...] → Read More

Celebrate Grandparent's Day With Stories From The Past

Everyone is familiar with the saying, “If we don’t preserve our family’s history, we will lose it.” No one takes this more seriously than R.D. Vincent, the author of The Donbridge Series, a Kindle and Amazon best-seller.Based on family stories passed down to him through his Grandma Depew, these fascinating folksy tales bring over 200 years [...] → Read More

Tweet And Share To Help A Vet

What could be easier than sharing and tweeting to help a cause? During the months of August and September you can make a difference in an injured veteran’s life and help his family simply by using the hashtag #Give2Veterans. The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation announced that it will donate $1 (up to $500K total) to the Bob [...] → Read More

The Doctor Who Inspired The Movie Concussion

I love watching football, especially the Green Bay Packers. So when I talked to someone who many had said “hated football,” I was unsure how the conversation would go. What I found was this amazing man that not only surprised me, but humbled me at the same time. Dr. Bennet Omalu, the neuropathologist portrayed by [...] → Read More

How This Foundation Is Changing Kids' Lives...One School Supply At A Time

It feels like back to school came early this year (or it snuck up on many of us, anyway), and that means parents have been buying backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils and other supplies. And while that is a routine trip for many, for the millions of people who are living in poverty, struggling to provide [...] → Read More

The Experience That Inspired Poet Kwame Alexander To Open A Library In Ghana

Kwame Alexander has always been surrounded by books and reading. It was an integral part of his childhood and helped mold him into the award-winning poet, author, speaker, teacher and visionary he is today. As the creator of the Page to Stage Writing and Publishing Program, Alexander has managed to spread his love of reading [...] → Read More