BY TAMMY GENTZEL May 26, 2019 2017 was a hard year for my husband and me. Our son enlisted in the Marine Corps and was badly hurt in training. If it wasn’t hard enough to watch his hopes for success in the service evaporate, we also endured almost a full […]

Finding the Path to ‘Purposeful Transition’


BY TAMMY JANE WEIGAND FALLS April 28, 2019 My 7th birthday, February 12, 1970, was the worst night of my life. I don’t remember the party or the cake or what must have started out as a happy occasion. I remember the hushed voices, the distraught looks on my family’s […]

Centre County Out of the Darkness Walk on April 28 ...


BY ELLEN SLINGERLAND March 24, 2019 Every Friday at 5:00 for Happy Hour, I’d go to my Mom Harriet’s (Harriet Number One) home in Toftrees, passing by her beloved magnolia tree as I came and went. We had the best time at Happy Hour. She’d have chardonnay, I’d have Miller […]

The Two Harriets: How a Magnolia Plant Helped a Daughter ...



BY EVELYN WALD February 26, 2019 08:33 AM Our grandson just had his first birthday. Although not very interested in opening presents, when his mom pulled a book out of a gift bag and handed it to him, he immediately sat down and opened the book. He knows about books […]

State of the Story Gives Community Members a Chance to ...


BY JACKIE HOOK December 23, 2018 As part of my outreach for the Helping Grieving Hearts Heal program, Evelyn Wald, a licensed professional counselor at Individual and Family CHOICES, and I facilitated a Healing through the Holidays education and support program. From our discussions at these sessions, a list of […]

Grieving through the Holidays? Here Are Tips to Get through ...


BY ANGELA HARDYK November 30, 2018 01:36 PM I’ve been an OB/GYN for more than 16 years, and there is a real possibility that I will deal with grief and loss every day. That surprises some people. I frequently hear some variation of the following statements from my patients. “I […]

How Do Couples Deal with Loss and Grief? There’s a ...



BY EVELYN WALD October 23, 2018 12:56 PM Updated October 23, 2018 02:49 PM In 2002 Nicholas Sparks wrote the novel, “A Walk to Remember.” It was a romantic story about the coming of age. Last weekend, I walked in an event to support research for and create awareness about […]

Walk, Talk, Light a Candle — Fall is Full of ...


BY HOPE BRUBAKER September 17, 2018 02:06 PM Recently, as I re-watched the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan, memories flooded my mind. The expressions of love exchanged between Harry and Meghan and the excitement of the day brought back feelings I experienced on my wedding day, almost 52 years […]

Memories Are Precious, But How Do You Handle the Painful ...


BY LESLIE FINTON August 20, 2018 02:31 PM Grief is something we all experience, but handle in different ways. It is unavoidable. This year marks the 15th year that the Tides program has been a resource in this community. Tides is a grief support and outreach group for children, teens […]

Tides Marks 15th Year of Helping Centre County Kids, Teens ...



BY JOYCE MATTHEWS July 16, 2018 03:19 PM Updated July 27, 2018 01:14 PM We are told there is no one way to grieve. No one lives the same. No one loves the same. And no one grieves the same. It is comforting and kind when people tell you to […]

After Loss, Try to Linger Longer in the Happy Memories