By Katherine Baker, Courier & Press, January 20, 2015 —

As a school social worker, I often work with individuals whose past resentments escalate from anger to hate. Unresolved anger can affect you and those around you. Your ability to reason and think clearly can be clouded by the anger you feel.

American society promotes anger in many ways. We are taught to be super competitive. Others are sometimes viewed as rivals who are trying to defeat and destroy us, and we are taught to be on guard.

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By Jon Haslam, Courier & Press, 1/13/15 —

When I was teen, I remember turning on my television at night and cranking the volume down to a quiet hum. I prayed that my parents wouldn’t be able to hear the bass riff that kicked off an episode of “Seinfeld” and, to be honest, I usually got away with it. It seemed like every night I would fall asleep to the warm glow of my TV/VCR combo.

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by Kate Thrall, Courier & Press, 1/13/15 —

The holiday season has been busy for many of us. You may have gone out of town to see family and friends or hosted a holiday celebration. There is something special about having loved ones near us during this time of year, and it is comforting to have family traditions we can count on.

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By Teresa Mercer, Youth First School Social Worker, Courier & Press, 1/6/2015

Happy New Year! For many people a brand new year brings resolutions. While some resolutions may be broken before Valentine’s Day, many will produce positive changes that will last.

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