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Family Therapy | Family Relationships

Read inspiring stories of families healing, families meeting and families reuniting.

Family relationships can be complex, and siblings, children or parents can hold grudges for many years, but it’s heartening to hear stories of forgiveness and resolution.

If family is important to you, this section will speak to your heart. Who knows? You might even find that reading this is like family therapy for yourself!

How Can We Stop Bullying In Schools? A Mother's Loss Of Her Son Leads To Acts Of Kindness

How Can We Stop Bullying In Schools? A Mother’s Loss Of Her Son Leads To Acts Of Kindness

Anti- Bullying Program Started By Mother After Losing Her Son To Bullying Makes A Difference It is often said that the loss of a child is the greatest loss we can experience in our lifetime. For Jacki James, the tragic loss of her son Peyton, led her to establish an organization, Kindness Matters, that has brought the importance of kindness to over 13,000 students nationwide. Three years ago, Peyton James was 13 years old when he took his life . After many years of being bullied, he couldn't take it any more. But his legacy is Kindness Matters. Peyton's mother, Jacki James now runs the organization, which offers the Kindness Matters presentations to schools all over the U.S., helping children see how powerful their words can be, and how those words can change a life with just a simple act of kindness. Unfortunately, Peyton's story is not unique. Suicide is ...
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Risking Their Lives For A Life Worth Living: A Survival Story

Risking Their Lives For A Life Worth Living: A Survival Story

By Dana Hall *Parts of this interview have been edited and names have been changed. Special thanks to Devin Wilcox-McCombs for providing information on some of the elements of Kaddyjatou’s story.   To call the past few years challenging would be an understatement for Kaddyjatou Fatty. Born and raised in the Gambia, the former hairdresser fled her home country after she and her husband became subjected to public scrutiny and violence.   Born and raised in the Gambia, Kaddyjatou met her future husband, Lamin, while living in her hometown. The two quickly fell in love and decided to get married, excited to embark on the rest of their lives together.    The Gambia is home to eight different ethnicities, all of whom maintain reasonable peace with one another. Certain groups are more traditional than others, which is where the problems began for Kaddyjatou and Lamin.   Kaddyjatou is Mandinka, while ...
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A Music Industry Success Story - Billy Amendola On The Importance Of Being Grateful

A Music Industry Success Story – Billy Amendola On The Importance Of Being Grateful

Billy Amendola is not only the editor at large of Modern Drummer Magazine, but he is also a musician himself. He is a well-known studio musician and as a member of the 70's disco band Mantus, achieved worldwide success. The band charted three Top-10 dance singles and toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe.   As a studio drummer, Billy also was one of the first to combine acoustic and electronic drums in the United States, and he received a triple platinum record award for playing on Debbie Gibson's smash hits "Only In My Dreams" and "Shake Your Love." Mantus reunited recently and has just released their new album,  EST-1976.    I've personally known Billy for many years. He and I played in a band together over a decade ago, and we've remained close friends ever since, so I was able to get him to open up and talk about a ...
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Mark Green’s Story Of Resilience And Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Military Service

Here's a story recently submitted to us from Mark Green. Mark has quite a story of overcoming difficult circumstances to triumph. If you've ever wondered why misfortunes seem to happen in bunches, Mark's story will fill you with hope, becoming a champion taekwondo athlete on the first team to be officially recognized by the military, being named “Soldier of the Year” for his battalion, to work his way up to becoming an officer, serving as an Inspector General in Afghanistan, and (as if that wasn't enough) earning a law degree. We think you'll enjoy how Mark took whatever life threw at him and result to change it for the better. What I learned from overcoming the misfortunes of adversity By Mark Green CLICK PLAY To hear the featured musical soundtrack to this story by X: THC. I am a 34-year Army Veteran who grew up in Missouri, the son of ...
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How To Succeed In Entertainment By Staying Positive and Never Giving Up With Sheena Metal

Sheena Metal, is a multi–faceted entertainment guru. She's a talk-show host, actress, musician, syndicated columnist, and internet personality and hosts the radio shows, "The Sheena Metal Experience" on LATalkRadio.com,"Haunted Playground" and Music Highway Radio which airs worldwide. CLICK PLAY To hear the featured musical soundtrack to this interview by X: THC. Sheena also hosts regularly at the Hollywood Improv, and has most recently created a wonderful nonprofit organization called Raising the Vibration - a global movement of peace, love, kindness and unity. Sheena shares how she overcame adversity to become successful in radio and entertainment. She was also kind enough to share how she overcame her lifelong health issues as well, so if you've ever had any health issues to drag you down, this should be helpful in getting you to look at things in a way that serves you. Here’s our interview with Sheena Metal. Do you have any ...
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