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Getaway Cabin - Bedroom

For those outside PRA, we have a great benefit to take a “Day of Reflection” each year. The program is designed to promote job satisfaction by providing time for staff to reflect on their lives with special emphasis on career planning, goal setting, and/or other job-related personal activities. This is my seventh year at PRA,… Read More

Inktober 2019 Header

I was hesitant to sign-up for a blog post sharing my experiences about Inktober this past month, however, it’s such a relief to be on the other side, and I can’t believe Inktober is already over. What is Inktober, you ask? “Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by… Read More

Closeup of American Flag

As I reflect on Veterans Day 2018, I fondly remember my husband and I both proudly donning our hooded Army sweatshirts and heading out to enjoy a free lunch. As we entered the restaurant, my husband received countless, “thanks for your service,” “hey I served in the Army too,” “where were you stationed,”…I am sure… Read More

Writing for Wellness: Intellectual Wellness

A wise person once told me, take advantage of professional development opportunities, no matter how large or small. All you need is one good take away message, tool, skill…one golden nugget…to make it all worthwhile. As part of my professional development for this year, I attended the National Wellness Institute’s (NWI) 2019 National Wellness Conference… Read More

View of fields, bluffs, and the sea on an Irish Walking Trail

Over the years, I have had ample opportunity to speak with friends about strategies for relaxation. Some gravitate towards yoga or the cinema, while others paint, cook, or travel the world on river cruises. While I consider myself to be a fairly social creature, I find personal zen in the quiet of the outdoors, preferably… Read More

Drop of water causing ripples

In mid-September, I went to the induction ceremony at the National Women’s Hall of Fame. The Hall is close by in Seneca Falls, NY, and if you haven’t gotten a chance to go, I would recommend it. I had been to the museum before (it’s part of the National Park Service), and I chose to… Read More

In Therapy and Thriving

Fifteen years ago, when I was just starting social work school, one of my professors recommended that we should all see a therapist, that we needed to know what it was like for our future clients, and maybe it would be good for us too. I was skeptical. I wasn’t going to be a clinician.… Read More

Writing for Wellness: Social Wellness

I so look forward to the first day of autumn because it is the unofficial start of the holiday season in my book…even in 90-degree North Carolina weather. Finally, no excuses needed to deck your living space out with all of the pumpkins, apple-scented candles, leaf wreaths, and mini bales of hay propping up your… Read More

Close up of people writing in notebooks during a presentation.

I spent a couple of hours on one Saturday taking part in a Naloxone (common brand name Narcan) rescue training. Naloxone is a medication used to block the effects of opioids, potentially reversing an opioid overdose. While PRA doesn’t provide any direct services to clients, a lot of our training and technical assistance involves working… Read More

Movie theater

I attended the 2019 Annual Conference for the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) in New York, New York and had the honor of watching this 20-minute film. America; I Too follows the story of three immigrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The short film introduces you to… Read More