Remember that every disappointment in life is an appointment with God

This editorial column written by Dusty Takle was previously published in the most recent edition of The GRIP. It is honestly hard to be as raw and real as this post will be. Because, I am a positive girl. I take captive thoughts that drain me, that aren’t good for me, and I’m usually really […]

Don’t fear falling to the ground, for what is broken can be rebuilt

This editorial column by Maria McCoy was originally published in the most recent print edition of The GRIP. I can’t say that I have suffered depression my entire life. I have had events occur in which I needed some sort of anxiety or depression medication for a short while, like the death of my father, […]

Real hope is the anchor to our souls

This editorial column by Dusty Takle was published in the most recent print edition of The GRIP. The word hope has come alive for me. Amidst the tragedies and heartbreaks we’ve all experienced this year in our nation, hope is something we all need to renew. Mass shootings make us cry out for peace and […]

Take care of your knees so your knees can take care of you

This editorial column written by Dr. Bob Hayden was published in the most recent print edition of The GRIP. Your knees are marvelous living instruments for motion. They are designed to last you a lifetime, and they probably will with a little care. This comes up now because we have seen a number of knee […]

Marriage means giving what your spouse can’t and hitting 100 percent together

This editorial column by Maria McCoy was published in the most recent print edition of The GRIP. I hear people say it all the time – marriage is 50/50. I used to get really irritated and say to them, “No. Marriage is 100/100.” I was wrong, y’all. So incredibly wrong, and I apologize for leading […]

Learn to recognize the signs of domestic violence, and grow to care enough to help

This editorial column written by Maria McCoy was published in the most recent print edition of The GRIP. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and that is a wonderful, worthy cause. I also want you to be aware that it is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This week, a group of us came together to […]

“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree”

This editorial column written by Dr. Bob Hayden was published in the most recent print edition of The GRIP. Someone once said, “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” Well, I think someone said that. If no one said it, consider it said now because it’s clever. It also has much to do […]

Sexual assault: We must all speak up to stop the horrors

This editorial column written by Maria McCoy appeared in the previous print edition of The GRIP. I read a news story this morning regarding Harvey Weinstein. I was shocked at the allegations against him, sure, but what shocked me even more was that this has been an ongoing issue for years in Hollywood and nobody […]

Whatever you do, DON’T. GIVE. IN.

This editorial column written by Dusty Takle was previously published in a print edition of The GRIP. For the past six months, I’ve watched a very close family friend navigate through his third bout with cancer….his second with bone cancer. For those of you who’ve experienced or watched someone go through this kind of pain, […]

Don’t be the dinosaur your children’s lives

This editorial column written by Maria McCoy previously appeared in a print edition of The GRIP. My seven-year-old acted out at the sitter’s house the other day. She was angry, and she was screaming at the sitter. When I got home, I addressed the situation with her. I wanted to make sure she understood that […]

Decide what, who, how and do it

This editorial column written by Dusty Takle appeared in a recent print edition of The GRIP. Decide. The word decide came alive for me not long ago. I was sitting up in my bed, scrolling through social media and came across a video on positive thinking posted by a dear friend. In the video, several […]

Silence is just as damning as hurtful words

This editorial column written by Maria McCoy was previously published in the print edition of The GRIP. I have seen post after post on social media regarding the removal of the General Lee statue in Charlottesville. Many people are glossing over the real issue and focusing on the statue removal. If you look to Facebook, […]

Gray hair in medicine: Declining doctors

This editorial column written by Dr. Bob Hayden previously appeared in the print edition of The GRIP. You may have heard the expression, “Choose your doctors young, and your lawyers older.” I think that means that medical knowledge was (hopefully) continuously advancing, so doctors less distant from graduation would be more in tune with the […]

A health care solution must be found

This editorial column written by Maria McCoy previously appeared in the print edition of The GRIP. In the days prior to my Dad’s unexpected death, he spent five days in ICU at a hospital in Florida. You see, my dad had a heart attack on Monday, June 26. It was allegedly a “minor” heart attack. […]

Parenting. It only gets better.

This editorial column was written by Dusty Takle, and previously appeared in print. Before I began parenting during the teen years, some parents told me, “Just wait. You think parenting is hard now…..” I always wanted to respond, “Do you not remember what it is like parenting two- and three-year-olds? That’s hard.” I never responded, […]