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    Memorable Onam: Sweet, Spicy, and Sour

    Onam is a festival that holds a special place in the hearts of every Malayali. It is a time for families and friends to come together to celebrate the harvest season and the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. It is a time for feasting, dancing, and creating sweet, spicy, and sour memories that will last a lifetime. The sweet memories of Onam are centered around the delicious traditional dishes that are prepared during the festival. From the mouth-watering sadya (feast) served on banana leaves, to the delectable payasam (sweet pudding) that is a must-have dessert, Onam is a time…

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    Stubborn Stigma: PTSD Perceptions Persist

    Despite the increasing awareness and understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in recent years, the stigma around this mental health condition still persists. This is evident in the way society often reacts to those with PTSD, and the misconceptions that still surround the disorder. One of the reasons for this ongoing stigma is the historical association of PTSD with war veterans. For many years, PTSD was primarily associated with soldiers who had experienced traumatic events in combat. As a result, the disorder was often seen as a sign of weakness or vulnerability, rather than a legitimate mental health condition that…

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    7 Fitness Tips for Over 40’s

    As we age, it becomes increasingly important to take care of our bodies and prioritize our health. This is especially true when it comes to staying fit and active. For those over 40, maintaining a regular fitness routine can help prevent age-related illness, boost energy levels, and improve overall well-being. To help you stay on track with your fitness goals, here are 7 helpful tips for those over 40. 1. Start with a thorough warm-up and cool down: As we age, our muscles become less flexible and more prone to injury. Therefore, it’s crucial to spend extra time warming up…

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    Woodruff: A Thriving City Profile

    Woodruff, a small city located in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, is a charming and vibrant community with a rich history and a strong sense of community pride. With a population of around 4,000 residents, Woodruff offers a small-town atmosphere with all the amenities of a larger city, making it an ideal place to live, work, and play. One of the standout features of Woodruff is its strong sense of community. The city hosts numerous events and festivals throughout the year, bringing residents together to celebrate their shared heritage and traditions. The annual Reidville Road Music Festival, for example, showcases local…

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    Virtual-first Connections

    In today’s digital age, staying connected in a virtual-first world has become more important than ever. With the rise of remote work, online learning, and virtual socializing, it’s essential to find new ways to stay connected with friends, family, and colleagues even when we can’t be physically together. Here are some tips for staying connected in a virtual-first world: 1. Use video conferencing platforms: Video conferencing platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet have become essential tools for staying connected with others. Whether it’s for work meetings, virtual happy hours with friends, or online family gatherings, video conferencing allows…

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    Feminist’s Triumph in Patriarchal Culture

    A Feminist’s Birth Amidst Patriarchal Culture The birth of a child is a momentous occasion, filled with love, hope, and anticipation. But for a feminist giving birth amidst a patriarchal culture, the experience can be both empowering and challenging. In many societies, patriarchal norms and values have long held sway, dictating the roles and expectations of women in their families and communities. These norms often manifest in various forms of gender discrimination, limiting women’s agency and autonomy, and undermining their rights and freedoms. Against this backdrop, the birth of a child can serve as a poignant illustration of the ways…

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    Struggling Hero: Did I Do Enough?

    The Hero with PTSD Wonders if He Did Enough In a world where heroes are often glorified and celebrated for their bravery and selflessness, there is a dark and often unspoken reality that many of these heroes struggle with mental health issues, particularly Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). While the public may see the hero as courageous and valiant, the hero himself may be plagued with feelings of doubt and inadequacy. One such hero, who has chosen to remain anonymous, recently opened up about his struggles with PTSD and the constant inner battle of wondering if he did enough. This hero,…

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    Back to School: 8 Helpful Mental Health Tips for Parents

    As the new school year approaches, parents are not only preparing their children with new school supplies and outfits, but also need to consider the mental health and well-being of their children as they transition back to school. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about challenges and changes that may impact the mental health of children and teens as they return to in-person learning. Here are 8 useful mental health tips for parents to consider as they help their children navigate the return to school: 1. Open communication: Encourage open and honest communication with your child about their thoughts and feelings…

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    Upstate Networking Events, Jan. 26-Feb. 1

    The Upstate region of South Carolina is buzzing with networking opportunities this week, providing professionals with the chance to connect, collaborate, and learn from each other. From industry-specific meetups to general business mixers, there’s something for everyone looking to expand their professional network in the Upstate. On January 26, the Greenville Chamber is hosting its monthly Business After Hours event at Larkin’s on the River. This event is a great opportunity for local business professionals to unwind and connect with others in a casual setting. With complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, attendees can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere while…

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    Heart Check-In Challenge: 7 Days to Carpe Diem

    Welcome to the “Check-In With Your Heart” 7 Day Challenge! In our fast-paced, hectic lives, it’s easy to get caught up in our daily routines and forget to take a moment to truly connect with ourselves. That’s why we’ve created this challenge to help you re-center and tune in to your heart’s desires. Taking the time to check in with your heart is essential for living a fulfilling and purposeful life. When we ignore our inner voice and push through without truly listening to what we need, we can end up feeling stuck, unfulfilled, and disconnected from ourselves. This challenge…