Stories by Patty Lane
Mindfulness — paying attention to the here and now to reflect instead of reacting to people and circumstances around you. Teaching mindfulness in the classroom is the focus of a conference being sponsored by UC San Diego School of Medicine this week. It looks at how mindfulness can help with everything from pain and stress management to ADHD.
Giving foster care children something to hold onto — that's what a local group says their CASA program offers children. These CASA's or court-appointed special advocates, are volunteers who represent the interests of children in foster care. Now, some of those grown-up children are speaking out about how their CASA made a positive impact on their lives.
In June, about 18 months after a radioactive leak took the San Onofre Power Plant offline, the plant's operator announced the reactor would shut down permanently. Now the debate is over who will pick up the tab, where replacement power will come from and what will happen to the radioactive waste left on site.
While the holidays can be a joyous time for many, it can also be stressful, especially if you have overcommitted yourself with tasks or perhaps are dealing with the loss of a loved one.