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Free Workshop Starts This Monday

Free Workshop Based on The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz


Mondays, September 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th

Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Location: The Recovery Center

108 Somerdale Road

Voorhees, NJ 08043


By Completion of this Workshop, You Will Feel Empowered to Let Go of Self-Limiting Beliefs Through:


v   Becoming Impeccable With Your Word

v  Letting Go of Taking Things Personally

v  Ridding Yourself of Making Assumptions

v  Always Practicing to Do Your Best


Contact: Mignon Brooks (609) 932-0483 or


Please come equipped with your own book. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz can be found at your local bookstore. Workbooks will be provided for you.

How To Embrace Your Inner Self: Thank you Mr. T

By Bianca Phelps

We all have our stories from school to tell. Some of them are funny; others are sad. What all these stories have in common is that we will remember them for a very long time.

One of my stories that come to mind happened around 6th or 7th Grade.
We were considered the chaos class from my school. The reputation was not very flattering. We were not bad kids, just a bit wilder and expressive than the other students were. For some teachers, that must have been a little intimidating.

When the new school year started, we had a new math teacher. He came straight from grade school. Of course, most girls cultivated a major crush on him. What is more important than that is that he was very open-minded. The other teachers did not influence him about the reputation of our class. He came with fresh ideas and wanted to prove a point.

 If you know how to take the right approach, you can teach anybody anything.

He was more of a friend than a teacher. He used young language and pop culture to connect with us. The class was very enjoyable, and I passed with an A. This comes from someone who could never understand that subject.

More importantly, he taught us to believe in ourselves. To him, it was important that we embrace our true self while getting deserved respect. At the same time, he taught us that the best defense is knowledge and an open mind. Instead of being angry at an opponent, prove him or her wrong.

With that attitude, we started the next school year. You know what happened. The teacher looked at us with different eyes and gave us a chance to show what we able to do.

I want to thank Mr. T for that eye opening experience. I still use his philosophy today. Not just in school, but in my daily life. We tend to judge too fast. I try to be very open minded towards new situations and people.

If you want to proof a point, be a rebel by educating yourself and show how wrong the doubters are with knowledge.

“When the Student Shows Up, The Teacher Appears”


This week, my interns and I are working on a theme of teachers that have influenced us.

In the classroom, I was always grateful for the English and Journalism teachers….no coincidence because those are where some of my strongest talents exist within me…lol. I was not only influenced by them because they taught the subjects I loved the most. In fact, it was their teaching skills and how tough their expectations of me were that encouraged me to thrive in their classrooms.

As I grow, my teachers show up everywhere. I feel they are messengers of God that are put into my life to teach me a lesson as I flow through this journey of life. The point is that if I’m not an open-minded listener, I will miss the lesson.

Sometimes my teachers are my students. Sometimes my teachers are random people I meet throughout the day and never see again. Sometimes my teachers are people whom have hurt my feelings, teaching me more about myself.

Point blank, I have learned that my greatest teachers in life have been authentic, spiritual, and loving people. But I also have teachers who show me examples of the type of person I do not want to be as a person. I am truly grateful for both.

Each day I pray that I remain teachable. It is not about liking the lesson or not. Just be the awareness of the lesson…the observer of the lesson each teacher is here to show you.

What teachers have you influenced by in your life and what have they taught you?

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An Alternative for Drinking

If you’re looking to improve your health or are looking for a way to enjoy yourself without any alcohol, here are some sober activities you can do.  

By Maria Elena Robles

Colleges have so much to offer! There’s the courses, food, and professors who care about your education. And did I forget anything? Oh yeah, wild parties! Going to a community college, I can’t say I’ve ever been to a college party, though I have heard the baseball players party as hard as they practice.

My friends have gone to a few parties. Some just chilled and socially drank with friends and others have admitted to binge drinking (under the age of 21).

According to the national surveys of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 90% of the alcohol consumed by youth under the age of 21 in the United States is in the form of binge drinks.

There are many facts and statistics that warn students about the consequences of binge drinking but of course it goes through one ear and out the other.

To celebrate a special occasion or hang out with family and friends you can:

·      Go to the park where the kids can play and adults can fish or talk

·      Watch a movie or theatrical play

·      Do some physical activities such as running, hiking, swimming, dancing, etc.

·      Enjoy a day at the beach

I turned 21 in early June of this year and had an awesome time with my friends and family without any alcohol. My birthday was on a Monday, so I had all weekend to celebrate. I went to Atlantic City, NJ with friends. We enjoyed lunch at an Italian restaurant, walked along the boardwalk, and soaked up some sun on the beach. The next day I visited family and had to work later that night. On Monday, my brother came from New Brunswick to celebrate my birthday with the family, and I was gifted with a pair of new running sneakers.

 I’ve only had one alcoholic beverage, if you can even say it’s alcoholic. It was Pina Colada with a little splash of Bacardi. I wasn’t tipsy; I didn’t even taste the Bacardi at all. I really don’t have a desire to drink in general. Honestly, I’d rather be active and be healthy than take shots.

Maybe to others sober activities can be pretty boring, but to celebrate your 21st birthday or graduation you don’t have to drink or inhale anything. Just try something different!