Long Distance Relationships

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Relationships can be stressful enough without throwing in the wrench of long distance. On the flip side, giving up on a meaningful relationship can come with its own traumas and regrets. “Long distance requires work and sacrifice, but if it’s the right relationship and the effort is mutual, it can be amazing,” says psychotherapist and relationship expert Terri Cole. “Understanding why you’re considering staying together is important: Is it fear of being alone or hurting the other person’s feelings or do you really see yourself with this person long-term?”

Excerpt from Sharon Feiereisen’s article in Teen Vogue. Read more.

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Cookbook speaks volumes for autistic teen’s many accomplishments

Chase Bailey prepares his "Sweet French Breakfast," featured in his new cookbook. | Jessica Nicosia-Nadler Photo

It’s the endearing smile that first captivates you. It’s followed quickly by an equally engaging and easygoing on-camera presence, smart conversation peppered with plenty of humor, and a professionalism that belies the age of this young YouTube star.

But that’s only scratching the surface of Chase Bailey, a California wunderkind whose been inspiring children and adults for the past two years via his cooking show channel on YouTube, his website and  his latest venture, “The Official Chase ‘N Yur Face Cookbook,” which features 75 original recipes as well as anecdotes and culinary tips/fun facts. (The book is available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble; a portion of the proceeds from the book’s sale will benefit Bailey’s Chase Yur Dreams Foundation.)

(Excerpt from Miriam Di Nunzio’s article in Entertainment- read more)

In our opinion: Operation Safety Net to take on suicide risk among LGBT youth

 

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State health officials recently reported an alarming increase in rates of suicide among teenagers in Utah, to the point that it is now the leading cause of death among children 10 to 17. The exact reasons for the increase are not entirely clear, but there is a great deal of informed speculation taking place about what is clearly a community problem of tragic proportions. We are seeing a growing level of public awareness as well as a willingness to discuss the issue openly and candidly and move toward finding solutions.

This is healthy and positive, particularly in the category of suicide rates among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. Statistics would indicate that LGBT teens are four times more likely to engage in suicidal behavior, and potentially less likely to seek help. Various organizations are working to better understand the problem and identify ways to take action, including a new program called Operation Safety Net, which deserves credit for furthering a community dialogue about an issue that is highly sensitive and often difficult to speak of in policy circles, as well as in family settings. Read more

What are you worth?

Worth

A poem by Violet

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If I were worth a minute of your time,
I’d fill that minute with the violence of a war
for reminding me of what I lack
what grace and charm I’ll never possess,
the futility of buying a fifty- dollar dress.

For the friends who claimed hatred for you on my behalf
the stockings which, despite valiant effort,
couldn’t hold my gut in all the way.

For the stomach, sore with cuts
from the scissors of self-vengeance,
with which I wandered that night in the rain,
stranger to any kind of strength,
and lay staring into my dark room for no reason.

Excerpt from Make the Best of Your Teen Years: 105 Ways to Do It

Waltham Voices: Peer leaders making difference at Waltham High

Climber belaying fellow climber
Climber belaying fellow climber

February was Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen relationships and promote healthy relationships. Dating violence is an issue that many teens experience. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults.

Excerpt from Jessica Teperow’s article in Wicked Local Waltham– read more

Logan Brinson, teen who overcame countless hardships, battles for his life

An undiagnosed chromosome disorder has meant countless surgeries, procedures and doctors. But through all of the hard times, he’s found his own way to blossom into a charismatic young man.

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Together with his mother, Rene Brinson, they’ve overcome countless hardships.

“There’s a balance in life,” Rene Brinson said. “As dark or as low as your lows are, that scale flips and that’s how high your highs are.”

With that balance in mind, the pair have faced every hardship head-on.

Excerpt from Jennifer Schack’s report on WLWT- see more

Teens, cancer and sexuality focus of new study by Calgary researcher

Victoria Boehm, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma when she was 16.

One-of-a-kind research in Calgary is looking at how boyfriends and girlfriends are affected when a teen is diagnosed with cancer.

Sexuality and cancer in young adults and the vulnerable teen years is a topic that hasn’t been studied before, according to Nancy Moules, a professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary.

Excerpt from article in CBC News Canada- read more