Hero Post Week 1: Mario Lemieux

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  When I was in second grade, our teacher, Mr. Conway, had all of us students write a letter to someone we admired as a local hero. I suggested Mario Lemieux, and fortunately, the class agreed. The year was 1994 and Mario Lemieux had just helped lead the Penguins to back to back Stanley Cup championships in 1991 and 1992….

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Was “Into The Wild” Star, Christopher McCandless, Psychotic?

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A Professional Therapists Take on the Subject The clinical indicators are there: Male. Early 20’s. Life stressors. Even more so: Third person references. Pseudonyms. Vague journal entries. Poor hygiene. Drifting and isolating. These are all indicators of first break potential.   So was Christopher Johnson McCandless, protagonist of the book and movie, “Into The Wild,” psychotic?   Many professional therapists…

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A Tale of Two Passions: Spencer’s Story

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“As athletes we spend hours training our physical skills for competition. Our Mental Fitness should be no different.” -Spencer Murray From an early age I knew sports would be a huge part of who I am. Throughout my life I have been involved in baseball, track and field, football, soccer, hockey, golf, tennis, basketball, ultimate frisbee, and many more. And…

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Negative News and Why it Sells

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  Fact: Our brains are hardwired to see and focus on the negative.    Indeed, if you looked under the hood of our thinking, you’d see a 4 to 1 positive to negative thought ratio for most people.   The question is, “Why is this?”   The answer lies in our evolutionary psychology.   Back when our primitive brains were…

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A Brief Timeline of the Civil Rights Movement

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The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s was one of the most influential periods in American History. Even with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, African Americans would continue to be the victims of racial segregation, disenfranchisement, exploitation, and violence for nearly a century to follow. With the 1896 ruling of Plessy v. Ferguson, justifying “separate…

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