Seminar offers advice on coping amid pandemic

Jesse Varnadoe mostly has kept an optimistic outlook, despite stay-at-home orders and quarantine protocols. It hasn’t been easy, though. Besides claiming lives and flattening the economy, the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in a range of reactions — including loneliness, isolation, cabin fever and other responses. “Being stuck in the house, not being able to … [Read more...]

Can human connection heal?

Austin Eubanks remembered with clarity the tragic day that forever changed his life, and, ultimately claimed it. His best friend was killed instantly in front of him. Then Eubanks was shot twice, in the hand and knee. Eubanks was just 17 years old when he experienced and survived the massacre inside the library of Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. “I remember seeing my hand … [Read more...]

Local author’s ‘life beneath the shield’

Land O’ Lakes resident Lawrence Hoffman wants people to understand that cops are “just like everybody else.” Hoffman, a retired New York Police Department detective, recently released the book “Turning Blue: A Life Beneath the Shield.” The title reflects the progression that happens in the life of a police officer, Hoffman said. “It’s just like if you become a doctor, and you get a … [Read more...]