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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

One woman's story of love for the teen in her life

I met a woman who told me the story of her nephew. He was a good kid but started getting involved with some gang activity. She loved him enough to do some homework and make some phone calls. She loved him enough to step out of her "comfort zone" and take him along on a field trip to a funeral home just before the burial of another teen who had been shot and killed. It was a tough field trip for a young teenager. But guess what? Her dear nephew turned around when he saw the reality and consequences of life around gangs.

It took a lot of courage for this woman to do what she did, it was a risk she took for the love of her nephew. It took a lot of courage for that young man to look a dark outcome in the face and choose life.

Maybe you know a teenager (or anyone really) who could use some guidance or direction. Maybe you're the teen who wishes someone would take your hand like that. Don't wait. Offer your hand. Or ask for a hand. Reach out. Touch someone who needs you.

We're in this life together and together we will get through the challenges. Together we'll celebrate the victories. Together.

With love and blessings,
Aunt Laya

Thanks for sharing your story with me E.
If you want to add anything, please feel free to add any comment.

Thank you to Scott M. Liddle ( and for the great photo, again!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Stay smart--Stop cough medicine abuse

The more we know, the more powerful we are to be safe, to keep other people safe.

is a link to a website that will educate you on the dangers of cough medicine abuse. If you are a teen or a parent of a teen, check this out. There are videos of young people telling their stories and experiences with this drug. It's over the counter and easy to get.

DEX makes you dumb
it makes you sick
it makes you look stupid
it could even kill you.

Stay smart, stay safe, help your friends and loved ones stay safe.
If you need help, ASK! It's SO okay to ask for help!

Aunt Laya