13 June 2016


As we prepare for our weekend of PRIDE here in Columbus, I just want to take a moment to say this weekend was full of emotions in our house. We balanced the horror of the Orlando shooting with the beauty of our youngest's first dance recital. We had family coming in from out of town to celebrate, while friends and "family" in FL were in shock and having to travel to try to find answers and/or confirmation. My Facebook feeds had friends from Orlando checking in as "safe," whether they were LGBTQ or Allies. Family members who moved recently from that area spent hours communicating with any and everyone they know in the areas, to sometimes merely say, "I love you." 

I try to never forget to appreciate my family, both my immediate family and my extended family. This weekend, I made sure I told as many people as I could how important they are to me. I followed the chatter on social media and reposted the love and positive actions of others. And I cried.

Senseless loss of life is tragic. Acts of violence against fellow humans should never be tolerated. Today, Orlando, I share your pain. And I share your anger. And I send you love, prayers, and strength.

21 May 2016

Columbus Pride 2016 - June 17-19


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17 May 2016

May is Melanoma Awareness Month

Did you know Bob Marley died from acral lentiginous melanomaa rare form of melanoma that impacts individuals with darker skin? Anyone of any age or skin color can develop melanoma. This is why it’s critical to note any changes in your skin. If a mole is new, changing, frequently bleeds, doesn’t heal or seems different, GET YOUR SKIN CHECKED!! www.melanomaknowmore.com/screening.


Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer in females age 15-29 and is increasing faster in females age 15-29 than in males of the same age group. 


1. There are nearly 22,000 tanning salons across the United States, serving about 28 million customers.
2. Out of the 28 million people who tan indoors, 2.3 million are teens.
3. 70% of people who go to tanning salons are white females between 16 to 29 years old.
4. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization’s International Agency of Research on Cancer panel stated that ultraviolet radiation from the sun and artificial sources from tanning beds are known to be cancer-causing.
5. Melanoma rates have increased in the last three decades.
6. About 76,000 U.S. adults will be diagnosed with the cancer-type this year. About 9,200 are expected to die from the disease.
7. The risk of melanoma is 75% higher for people who start tanning indoors before the age of 30.
8. Indoor tanning can lead to skin aging, immune suppression and eye damage.
9. Only one-third of people use sunscreen while tanning.
10. 58% of adolescent tanning bed users have burns due to constant exposure.
11. Only 36 states restrict indoor tanning by minors.
Source: American Academy of Dermatology and USA TODAY


Melanoma fact: Melanoma accounts for less than one percent of skin cancer cases, but the vast majority of skin cancer deaths.


DID YOU KNOW? Over 3 million people across North America are diagnosed with skin cancer every year, and it is anticipated that melanoma will kill more than 10,000 people in 2016. Checking your skin on a regular basis for moles and spots that are new or changing is critical. Visit https://www.aad.org/…/spot-s…/learn-about-skin-cancer/detect to learn how you can spot skin cancer!

DID YOU KNOW? Thirty percent of all melanoma in men arises on the back—it is important to ask your doctor to examine your skin carefully for atypical moles.

To learn more about Melanoma and the prevention of this cancer, visit http://melanomaknowmore.com/prevention/.

18 April 2016

Drumming, Hair Cuts, and the Park

In case you have not experienced it, life moves quickly. It's April and that means we have about 6 weeks of school left! It also means that here in Ohio, the weather is trying to warm up. (Yes, trying is the key word. We had snow two weekends ago, and last weekend the temperature was in the 70's. It's all typical Ohio spring weather). With the warm weather, we start looking at "summer haircuts" and taking inventory of what summer clothes still fit or are still able to be worn. But most importantly, warmer weather brings on warm activities, such as playgrounds and drumming in the park.