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5 Ways Being a Theater Kid Prepared Me for Adulthood

5 Ways Being A Theater Kid Prepared Me For Adulthood

It’s a Friday night, and many adolescents are heading to the movies, mall, or high school football game with friends. Theater kids, however, are preparing for a much different weekend activity. Richmond is home to several impressive theater companies, and they are not just for adult actors. CharacterWorks and SPARC are two of Richmond’s best-known theater programs exclusively […]

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Today was a Difficult Day

Today was a Difficult Day

Today was a difficult day; tomorrow will be better. My mom taught me this when I was a child. When I was younger, I never was aware of my mother’s vulnerability. I suppose most young children view their parents as some sort of superheroes who never have bad days. Until I got older, I didn’t […]

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History Can Teach Us Empathy

If everyone had a strong sense of empathy—the ability to share and understand another’s feeling and experiences—the world would be a pretty perfect place. Perhaps we could have avoided slavery, the Holocaust, 9/11, and countless other atrocities and tragedies if we all thought more about one another’s experiences and feelings.  In her recently published parenting book, Unselfie: Why […]

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We Are All Broken

Do you ever feel like the universe is trying to tell you something? Well, lately, it’s been telling me this: we are all broken. I just finished reading Jennifer Weiner’s book All Fall Down about a well-educated, upper-middle-class wife, mother, and writer who becomes addicted to pain medication. Though the story is fiction, there are […]

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