PAINCast: A conversation with Chris Gilchrist of The Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, Help and Healing

  BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — I’ve posted our first podcast, a conversation from earlier this year with Chris Gilchrist about the coming Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, Help and Healing. Gilchrist, a licensed clinical social worker, is the longtime leader… Continue Reading


Column: The price of cigarettes for a Virginia Beach family

BY LINDA RUSSELL CARDINAL ESTATES — I met Robert in Columbia, S.C., in 1960. He had just joined the Navy after serving in the South Carolina Army National Guard. His mom noticed how thin he looked in most of the pictures he… Continue Reading


Gathering for Thanksgiving trot in Sandbridge a tradition for many

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — It has become a Thanksgiving tradition for local families and people from around the country who have Sandbridge connections to run one or more races during Charlie Normile’s Turkey Trot Race for the Fallen. The annual… Continue Reading


At a critical moment, a turn from suicide toward life, toward help

Ed. Note – The following is adapted from remarks delivered during the Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Saturday, Sept. 10. It has been lightly edited for style and clarity. BY JOHN JENKINS MOUNT TRASHMORE — Chris Gilchrist of the… Continue Reading


Out of the Darkness walk in Virginia Beach makes strides for awareness of depression, suicide

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE MOUNT TRASHMORE — Before the walk began, Tasha Frederick of Sandbridge tied a ribbon into the hair of 9-year-old Laney Frederick. They were there to raise awareness and remember someone lost to suicide during Out of the Darkness… Continue Reading


Column: A walk in Virginia Beach to survive, help others, remember Mom

BY RITA ANN BELL NORFOLK — I truly believe everything happens for a reason.   On the morning of May 27, 2004, I came out of the bathroom expecting another normal workday. To my surprise, my grief-stricken dad, husband and one of… Continue Reading


Column: Taking charge of wellbeing with post-traumatic stress disorder

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — A row of inch-long needles glinted in my hairline, their exposed ends wrapped in a gleaming strand of copper. My acupuncturist and I giggled together before I left her office. She instructed me to leave the… Continue Reading


Column: For PTSD sufferer, finding a proper fit for care while understanding diagnosis

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — Lesson No. 1, after seeking help for an April 2008 diagnosis of anxiety: Not all therapists are created equal.   More lessons piled up after that.  Most of them were unpleasant. I had been physically… Continue Reading


Column: Step by step, turning to running as part of a quest for fitness shows camaraderie

BY ADAM JONES KEMPSVILLE — After ignoring warnings from my doctor about my annual weight gain, I resolved this year to reverse the momentum.  I now visit the gym as part of each workday. Well, most work days. My workouts may seem… Continue Reading


Environment: Stepping back, resetting in the fight for menhaden

BY JOSH WHITENER VIRGINIA BEACH — Steven Epstein, founder of Chesapeake Bay Defense, has worked with citizens and government officials to limit menhaden fishing in the Chesapeake Bay. Despite hope on the part of proponents this year, bills that sought to limit… Continue Reading