On Sunday, December 19, 2021, thanks to the initiative of New York State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages and the American Red Cross New York, I had the privilege to participate in an extraordinary opportunity to help save lives. Sound the Alarm aims to reduce home fires by installing free smoke alarms and sharing critical home safety … Continue reading Sound the Alarm to Save Lives
Being happy during the holidays isn’t easy or natural for everyone. For some, this time of year is quite stressful and met with dread. If holiday season stress is bringing you down or even turning you into a curmudgeon, then consider taking a small step or two to make it a happier and less stressful … Continue reading Have a Happier Holiday Season
By Juan Lasso, LI Herald State legislation to fight cyberbullying, signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul last month, had a leading advocate from Valley Stream. Lisa-Michelle Kucharz, 51, a communications professor at Long Island University in Riverhead, took up the cause in the hope of sparing others from the traumatic ordeal that she faced as a … Continue reading V.S. Resident Helps Shape Cyberbullying Law
On October 20, 2021, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation focusing on online safety, including S623/A2206 to create a task force to explore cyberbullying and S2956A/A324 to include the production or dissemination of intimate images in the definition of coercion. After four years of cyberbullying prevention advocacy, while working with elected officials and … Continue reading Legislation Signed By Governor!
Digital wellness is much more than a buzz phrase. Most of us lead constantly connected lives, whether we’re actively using our devices, checking them several dozen times an hour, or keeping them close by, as we wait for notifications. According to the Pew Research Center, 31% of adults — and 44% of those between the ages … Continue reading 6 Tips to Improve Your Digital Wellness
You could say I have been obsessed with goals and getting things done for most of my life, and I’m a firm believer in the wisdom shared by Ken Blanchard, PhD that “All good performance starts with clear goals.” While I remember myself as driven and ambitious from a young age, my relationship with goals … Continue reading Goals: How Strategic Flexibility Reigns
New York State Senate Roundtable on Cyberbullying On Thursday, February 11, 2021, New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky hosted a New York State Senate Roundtable on Cyberbullying with students, educators, guidance counselors, child welfare advocates, crisis counselors, cyberbullying experts, law enforcement, an assistant district attorney, and thought-leaders. Panelists shared information and suggestions from variety of … Continue reading Coming Together to Diminish Cyberbullying
As we ushered in a new year, keeping our hopeful eyes on an end to the pandemic, we realized that some of the challenges we were already facing not only weren’t put on pause like much of our lives, but also worsened. With new all-time highs in screen-time, widespread remote learning, and a decrease in … Continue reading New York State Senate Roundtable on Cyberbullying
So long, 2020! While we’re hoping our COVID-19 woes will disappear in the new year, we know we’re still a long way from any semblance of pre-pandemic normalcy. To say 2020 was difficult may be the understatement of the century. Even with its obstacles and disappointments, it wasn’t my worst year and, for that, I’m … Continue reading Farewell, 2020!
For 10 years, I shared the same Thanksgiving prayer I wrote back in 2009. This year is like no other, so I made a few updates . . . May this time of year find you and your family in good health and good spirit, as we come together in our hearts to be thankful for … Continue reading Thanksgiving Prayer 2020