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Video Games: How Much Is Too Much?

Establishing and enforcing screen time limits

Video game time

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Creating an Elegant and ADHD-friendly Home

Designers share tips for combining style and effective organization.

Home

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Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month

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Local Quilters Use Craft To Bring Cheer in McLean

McLean Quilters Unlimited gifts quilts to Mary Marshall Assisted Living and other organizations.

quilters

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Local Quilters Use Craft to Support and Bring Cheer to Northern Virginia

McLean Quilters Unlimited gifts quilts to Mary Marshall Assisted Living and other organizations.

Quilters

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Local Students React to Crisis in Ukraine

Raising awareness and praying for peace are among the ways they’re showing support.

Ukraine

Managing Anxiety Triggered by News from Ukraine

Music and meditation among the ways to cope.

Anxiety

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Voice Lesson to Music History Classes at Your Fingertips.

New collaboration offers video-streaming service to seniors.

Voice Lessons

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Black History Month: Filling in the Gaps

African American parents are giving their children accurate and comprehensive lessons on Black history.

Black History

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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for the Home

Presents that can be used on Cupid's Day and beyond.

Valentines

Combatting the Toll of Racism on Mental Health

Black Health and Wellness is the theme of Black History Month 2022

Mental health

Romance and Intimacy after 60

Reviving and developing romantic relationships in the golden years.

Senior issues

Veri Peri Named 2020 Color of the Year

Described blue with red-violet undertones, the hue is expected to be on trend this year.

Colors

Making Decision During COVID

Even small decisions can cause anxiety, stress.

Covid Stress

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Encore Creativity Resumes In-Person Song

Those over 55 with a passion for music can now practice and perform in person, with precautions.

Singing

Inspiration for Holiday Décor

Ideas for understated designs in non-traditional colors

Decorating

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers

Thoughtful and original presents for educators

Gift for Teachers

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Inside the Home of an Interior Designer

Local tastemakers offer a glimpse of their personal style

Interior design

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Safe and Conflict-free Holiday Cheer

Celebrating the holidays with both vaccinated and unvaccinated friends and family.

Vaccines

Helping Children Develop Healthy Friendships

Positive relationships with peers offer happiness and security.

Friends

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Get Your Flu Shot

Local health officials say it's important to get both flu and COVID vaccines, and CDC says they can be given at the same time.

As students return to in-person learning while social distancing and mask mandates are less in evidence, local health officials are urging residents to get a flu shot to prevent an uptick in the number flu and COVID-19 cases.

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Designing a Mountain Getaway

A minimalist design allows the landscape to take center stage.

If you drive about an hour and a half west of Arlington, through winding roads lined with trees that create a kaleidoscope of changing tree leaves, you’ll reach the village of Syria, Virginia and an idyllic vacation home curated by designers from The Nest Egg.

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Volunteering Can Give Seniors Purpose

Seniors and retirees can stay active and have a positive impact on the community.

Every Tuesday this summer, Esther Rosenberg has welcomed two elementary school-aged students into her Potomac, Md. home.

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Universities Measure Heat Disparities in Virginia

Marymount professor and student join ‘Heat Watch’ effort.

Enduring dangerously high temperatures, Marymount University student Bader Hakami and biology professor Susan Agolini spent a day working as community scientists.

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Design Ideas to Welcome Fall

Small changes in home accessories can transform a space.

When it comes to interior design, attention to even the smallest of details took on new importance over the past year.

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Pressure for Athletic Success Can Lead to Stress

Balancing the need for athletic achievement with emotional wellbeing

Practicing with her club track team three days each week, training with a private coach on the other four days and balancing a challenging academic workload led to a stressful school year for Alexandria high school senior Alexis McCormick.

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Music for Singers with Alzheimer’s Disease

New choral program gives those with Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments the gift of music

When Peter Midgley and his wife went on their first date, they discovered their mutual love of music.

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Summer Camp in Age of Climate Change

Increased safety protocols result from climate change-induced extreme temperatures.

Some of the area’s youngest aspiring thespians are spending part of their summer honing their craft at Arlington’s Encore Stage & Studio’s camps.

Wellbeing: Back to Work

Angst, readjustment as employees return to the office

More than one year after the emergence of COVID-19 and the subsequent, work-from-home mandates, many employees are heading back to the office.

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Living with Adult Children

Creating livable spaces that balance the security of family with the need for independence

When June Joyce’s husband died two years ago, she was lonely living alone in the sprawling Alexandria family home where the couple raised their four children.

95 and Counting

Seniors who are 95 and older reflect on life and offer advice to younger people.

95-year-old Howard Eisenberg says he was carded recently and asked to provide proof of his age as he boarded a train on his way to visit his 80-year-old girlfriend.

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This Summer Will Be a Balancing Act

Parents face a dilemma: give much needed mental break vs. boosting skills

As camps, swimming pools and simply spending time with friends were cancelled last summer and then followed by a tumultuous school year filled with uncertainty, parents are left to grapple with how to walk the fine line between catching up academically and tending to the overall well-being of their children.

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HomeLifeStyle: Style for the Great Outdoors

Designers see uptick in requests for porches and other outdoor spaces

A longing to spend more time outside after a year-and-a-half spent inside is driving a trend in home design, including an uptick in requests for projects like screened porches and patios.

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Wellbeing: Faith Sustained Many During COVID-19 Crisis

How a belief in a higher power helped some people cope with pandemic

As she experienced the emotions and uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic, Bracha Goetz turned to the tenets of her faith.

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Senior Living: Just Can’t Wait to Get Back on the Road Again

Vaccinated Seniors plan vacations, trips to reunite with family

Sifting through photos of rafting trips through Labyrinth Canyon on the tranquil waters of the Green River and hiking in the Needles district of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park, Arlene Richter recalls her past travels as she begins planning for new adventures.

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Celebrating Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Importance emphasized in context of recent discrimination and hate crimes.

Educational videos and online trivia questions, organized by the school's Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Committee, are giving Montgomery College students an opportunity for reflection, while food, music and film offer students at Marymount University in Arlington a glimpse of a different culture.

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HomeLifeStyle: Elevating the Bathroom

Ideas for budget and luxury bathrooms

Sometimes regarded as a strictly functional space, bathrooms might bring to mind brushing and flossing rather than style and comfort.

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Wellbeing: Meeting Increased Mental Health Needs

Affordable treatment options highlighted during National Mental Health Month

Resulting from the tumultuous and emotionally charged past year, there's been an uptick in reported mental health conditions.

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Style After Retirement

Great fashion sense is possible at any stage.

At 78, Winifred Rosenberg has always been known for her impeccable style and taste.

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When it’s Time to Downsize

Suggestions for transitioning to a new living community

The decision to trade the comfort of home where you’ve lived for years and transition to retirement can evoke a range of emotions.

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Helping Children Improve Their Writing

Practical suggestions for boosting skills

When Stacie Dougherty read an essay that her seventh grade son wrote for a Language Arts writing assignment, she became concerned.

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HomeLifeStyle: Kitchen Trends for 2021

Local designers say bold colors and durable materials are popular.

As the command station for many households, kitchens are for more than just cooking.

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Creating Healthy Mother-Daughter Relationships

Local authors and therapists offer thoughts and guidance.

As a middle school student, Sofie Jacobs was at times mocked by other girls for her fastidious study habits and the good grades she received as a result.

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HomeLifeStyle: McLean Home

Sunny, free-flowing home created by removing walls and adding windows.

After relocating to McLean from the West Coast and purchasing a home, the family knew that major changes were needed to accommodate their family, which includes two children.

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Potomac Home Gets Family-Friendly Remodel

Six bedrooms, each with its own bathroom

Having relocated 18 times in 30 years, a local couple had enough design experience to have ideas in place when they moved into their Potomac, Maryland home.

Wellbeing: A Schedule Can Anchor Your Day

How creating a daily routine can ease anxiety during times of uncertainty

Her days were overwhelmingly stressful.

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The Value of Intergenerational Relationships

The lives of both youth and seniors are enhanced by meaningful connections.

Bringing seniors and youth together for meaningful relationships can be mutually beneficial.

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Leveling the Playing Field in School

Advocating for children with special needs or learning disabilities

When Lisa Lightner's son Kevin was two years old, she discovered that he would need special learning support in school.

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New Community with Park-Like Environment in McLean

Park Grove neighborhood inspired by former National Parks Director George Hartzog

A former public servant’s creative vision and dedication to preserving parklands was the inspiration behind a new residential area in Northern Virginia.

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Wellbeing: When a Loved One Is Hospitalized with Covid-19

Coping with separation and uncertainty

For years, being able to talk with his mother, Carole Isaacs, nearly every day was a gift that Marc Stern treasured, so when he was unable to reach her for several days, he became concerned.

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