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Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde
No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends “get them.” It’s no surprise that thousands of Americans choose rather to go to an impartial therapist than to confide in their friends, or even to turn to religious God(s) who they feel like are able to solve all of their problems simply because they are God. … Continue Reading

The Truth about Teachers

November 2, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on The Truth about Teachers
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By Mary Rose Lunde
People underestimate teachers. Most commonly, people put teachers in categories such as: teachers that are horrible at teaching their subjects but are great people; “nightmare” teachers that no one likes; the hard graders who teach you a lot; the teachers that are nice but you don’t learn anything from, and still get good grades; and then the rarest of them all, the all-around great teachers. It is a rarity to find the perfect teacher because people are not perfect; however, they can sure try to be.
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Invisible Illnesses

October 6, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on Invisible Illnesses
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By Mary Rose Lunde

It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many have never even heard of conditions like POTS or CPRS, which don’t show outward symptoms, and don’t often require braces or wheelchairs. No, people live with these illnesses, and struggle daily without our knowledge. … Continue Reading

Integrated Scientific Discovery

September 7, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on Integrated Scientific Discovery
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By Mary Rose Lunde
Many suggest that science is the gateway to the future. The rise in scientific discovery has driven more and more funding for research. The fact of the matter is, however, that science is far more complex than people used to expect. Years ago, it was enough for a chemist to study just chemistry, a biologist just biology, a physicist just physics. Aside from singular, required introductory classes that house the basis of each subject, few scientists branched out of their respective areas. Nowadays, this is a rarity. In the last few years, scientists study multiple disciplines. … Continue Reading

Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor

August 3, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on Learning Patience As a Camp Counselor
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By Mary Rose Lunde
They say that one of the biggest blessings is being a teacher. It is also one of the hardest. Explaining to nine-year-old kids how to build a fire is one of the most challenging things I’ve personally ever had to do. It takes a lot to continue answering, “No that’s not a stick the size of a match stick” for the hundredth time (ten kids asking every five seconds). But the reward of watching their faces as their fire blazes is so worth it. … Continue Reading

To The Teen Who Feels Alone

July 7, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on To The Teen Who Feels Alone
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– By Mary Rose Lunde

I’m going to do something real here and be honest for a second. In a society where telling someone your deep emotional feelings is considered weak, doing just that seems to be detrimental and could prove worse. Vulnerability is a dangerous thing and those of us who take the leap of faith and have an honest conversation with a person, be that someone you’ve known your entire life or someone you’ve known for five minutes, take the risk of making things worse. I’m not here to talk to those that are afraid of being vulnerable though.

Look at the friendships you have now. Friendships are relationships. Relationships are meant to be bonds that aren’t broken. You need to trust these friends to back you up or they will think that everything is okay and probably won’t notice anything because you’re good at faking being happy. Sometimes it is okay to feel lonely because it pushes you to be self-sufficient. That does not mean that you need to be alone all of the time. If you are feeling lonely all the time, try texting a friend or having a phone conversation. They do exist still.

To the teen who feels alone even if they have friends I implore you to take a leap of faith and talk to your friends. They will understand and if they’re true friends they will want to help you. They care about you. Please reach out to them. Find out what activities you enjoy and do them with friends. Bond and take a chance. Find the people that love and care about you and do stuff with them. Do what you can to not feel alone, find your friends and enjoy life. Don’t focus on the bad, focus on what you have, the blessing of life and the enjoyment of it.

Please, if you feel like you’re alone take five seconds to truly think about what you have in your life and the people that care about you. Are you alone then?

Mary Rose Lunde is an avid supporter in the fight to end depression and suicide in teens. She has seen, lost, and heard too many stories of hurting friends dealing with depression and suicide.

Sugar Crash

June 1, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on Sugar Crash
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Sugar runs inside our body and fuels our very being. In biology they teach us that sugar is really glucose which is broken down in the body to produce ATP (adenine tri-phosphate). So why bring this up? Well, sugar is vital to our bodies, so why do doctors, dietitians, and many people view sugar as bad if it’s vital to our bodies? Well, it is because sugar is a generalized category. … Continue Reading

Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative

May 4, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on Choose Joy, Don’t Go Negative
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Sometimes life is pleasant and it is easy to smile, other times it is not. The real question is how do you react and live your life when you are going through trials? What do you do when you feel like the end of the world is upon you? It’s simple real, you react and live your life.

It’s a sad fact how many people choose to live their life in the negative when they could live life and chose joy. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t feel sadness or shouldn’t ask for help when you need it. No, I’m saying that for the minor setbacks in life, you should choose joy instead of letting the small things dictate the way your life. … Continue Reading

A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English

April 6, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on A Look Into What Is Learned in High School English
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By Mary Rose Lunde

English is the arguably the most important subject for a student in high school to learn. The most successful people in the world have one thing in common — being able to communicate effectively. This is what English teaches. Learning how to use the language effective helps students develop their unique perspective on the world. … Continue Reading

We All Should Be Encouraged To Be Both Left-Brained and Right-Brained

March 2, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on We All Should Be Encouraged To Be Both Left-Brained and Right-Brained
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By Mary Rose Lunde

People often tell me that I am no-brained and weird because I don’t follow the stereotypical mold. I am indeed not defined under a simple category, especially with intellect. I am both analytical and creative. It truly makes me sad that people have started labeling under these different labels limiting everyone, especially children, to certain potentials just because they enjoy this or that and thus are not expected to enjoy something else. … Continue Reading

What Is a Sport?

February 3, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on What Is a Sport?
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By Mary Rose Lunde

On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What team wouldn’t want to win the coveted trophy? … Continue Reading

Empathy — A Blessing and a Curse

January 7, 2016 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on Empathy — A Blessing and a Curse
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By Mary Rose Lunde

Empathy, according to the Marriam-Webster dictionary, is: “the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions.” This definition only covers the basics of what being an empathetic person is. Most people assume the best, that being an empathetic person helps relationships, and they’re not entirely wrong, but there are a lot of negatives that can come from it. … Continue Reading

Season of Giving

December 2, 2015 Columns, Mary Rose Lunde Comments Off on Season of Giving
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“Tis the season” is the catchy jingle that will catch many people’s thoughts until the New Year is rung in. It is a simple idea that the season is all about joy and peace and a jolly well good time. But the real question is not over a holiday or religious view or even about how to celebrate. The season in this particular address is specific to giving. The idea of giving is tied specifically to this time due to the holiday cheer for certainty, but in reality the gift giving is more for a sake of appreciation.

Personally speaking gifts are a touchy subject for me. I’m not the gift card type unless it will help me decorate my apartment. The idea that many think about the “it’s the thought that counts” is pretty accurate. I would say it should be focused on the heart behind a gift, but that is just my opinion. Realistically, gift giving during the season is more of an excuse to get and receive presents despite religion. Yes, many say Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and Happy Kwanza, but the idea that this is mere convention is true. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV
March 4, 2017

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
March 5, 2017
March 6, 2017 March 7, 2017 March 8, 2017 March 9, 2017 March 10, 2017 March 11, 2017 March 12, 2017
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Wine & Chili Weekend

Wine & Chili Weekend
March 19, 2017

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
March 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 March 22, 2017 March 23, 2017 March 24, 2017

March Fourth Friday

March Fourth Friday
March 25, 2017 March 26, 2017

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch

Spring Brunch
March 27, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 29, 2017 March 30, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 1, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner

Old Time Country Ham and Turkey Dinner
April 2, 2017

”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”
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Lifestyle

Sterling Library Moving To New Location

25 Mar 2017

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Sterling Library’s current location, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will close beginning Saturday, March 25, to prepare for the opening of the new Sterling Library on Saturday, April 15. Patrons can return library materials using the drop box at the new location, 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard.

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Middleburg Gallery Presents Country Pursuits Exhibit

25 Mar 2017

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The Gallery on Madison in Middleburg is presenting an exhibit of Brian Whelan’s (a London Irish painter now settled in Waterford) ) transcriptions of a gallery of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Andrews’ through April 2. The exhibit includes 23 paintings, two masks, two graphics, and nine preparatory drawings.

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Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

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Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

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Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

Virginia Schools Kick Off Statewide Campaign To Encourage Safe Teen Driving

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More teen drivers in Virginia will be involved in traffic crashes between the months of May and August than any other time of the year, statistics show. To help save lives and prevent such crashes during the high-risk warm weather months, Virginia schools are kicking off a statewide teen safety …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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