Excerpt from Manuscript – Julian’s Voice

Excerpt from Manuscript – Julian’s Voice:

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The singing voice enveloped her, making her feel safe, peaceful and loved. Although, she was presently alone, she had an overwhelming feeling that she was not alone. She felt a presence around her and inside of her. She felt no sadness, no guilt, no regret, and no pain. She just felt comfort and peace.

She felt the cool, soft sand squashing in between her toes. It felt nice to be walking on the beach barefoot. The sun was set right overhead with its resonating reds, intensifying oranges, and cheery yellows. The early afternoon was cool, even though the sun was so bright

Written By: Ask Ms Mandi

Copyright August 13, 2017




The journey is always more important than the destination.

As humans, we rush to get here and there, but we need to slow down and enjoy the present moment.

However, sometimes the present moment is where our pain and suffering exists and therefore; we seek a future moment when we will be “happy”.

I guess the truth is in the belief that we can only truly be happy within ourselves.  We can not seek happiness from external circumstances, but from within.

How do we accomplish this “happiness”?

By adjusting our thought process and our view of our world.  Sometimes our perspective is distorted and we need to re-teach our minds to be less critical, especially to ourselves.

We are all beautiful in our own way…how boring would it be if we were all the same.

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Copyright:  July 29, 2017

Nine Lives


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Suicide is never an option, because you are worth it!

Innocence is never truly lost, find your inner child…


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July 14, 2017



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A Monster Under My Bed

Sometimes, as I sit in class, surrounded by other kids just like me, I close my eyes…letting my thoughts take me to a better a place.

A place where I can be myself and not pretend to be somebody I’m not. A place free of judgments. I like it here…I feel safe.

Suddenly, I’m startled out of my trance by the bell. My peers hurry out the door.

Slowly I drag myself out of my seat, grabbing my backpack, thinking… “I can do this…I can make it through another day.”

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Copyright November 21, 2016



The Prevention Coalition – What to Do if You Have a Problem with Drugs

The Prevention Coalition – Helping an Adult Family Member or Friend with a Drug or Alcohol Problem

The Prevention Coalition – Who Suffers from Addiction?

The Prevention Coalition – Nine Reasons to Go to Rehab Today

The Prevention Coalition – Home After Rehab: The Guide to Finding the Right Place for Recovery




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Some stolen moments are taken for granted…to be forever lost in your longing for another day so simple and pure.


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Copyright:  September 2016


A Dream


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I always told my girls that actions speak louder than words… this is the one time I wish they hadn’t listened.

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Copyright:  May 23, 2017


4 AM

I am stuck in a dream

I don’t want to leave so I refuse to scream

I tripped and fell into a new life

Screaming cause someone has a knife

Don’t fret, just your imagination

You’ve made a fabulous creation

The grass grows long so you lay

Wishing you would fade away

You don’t want to weep

So you wish and pray

That you won’t wake up the next day

I am stuck in a dream




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As parents, we do not want to admit our teenagers are using drugs, but we need to keep our eyes open.  Elementary school years are the years of innocence.  Jr High School may be another story, all together.  Teenagers may go through drastic changes once they hit 7th and 8th grade and high school may be even worst.

As parents, we need to watch our teenagers for warning signs of possible drug use:

1.  Sudden changes in mood / attitude

2.  Bursts of anger

3.  Isolation from family (spending a lot of time in their room)

4.  Drop in grades

5.  Lack of interest in normal activities

6.  Changes in appetite

7.  Changes in sleeping habits

8.  Lying

9.  Change of friends

10.  Skipping classes / truancy / tardiness

It is our job as parents to keep a close communication with our teenagers / children.  Stay involved in their lives and know where they are and what they are doing when they are not home.

It is also important to let your kids know you “do” trust them and they can come to you to talk when they need to.  Don’t get your feelings hurt if they don’t talk to you about everything, but stay positive and let them know you are there for them when they do want to talk.

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