Stacey J. Miller

The Mystery and Miracle of Catatonia

Catatonia is a fairly common brain disorder, but few people understand what it means. Approximately 10 percent of patients in psychiatric intensive care facilities and in many medical units have catatonia. The condition is both treatable and reversible. Within 2 - 4 days of a diagnosis and proper treatment, three-quarters of patients have a full remission.

Managers Prepare for Hate Speech in the Workplace

There are only two ways to respond to hate speech in the workplace, according to Dr. Dennis Becker, Senior Coaching Partner at the Framingham, Massachusetts-based Speech Improvement Company. You can ignore it or engage it. Both responses require self awareness and professionalism.

Andy Williams Performing Arts Center in Branson, MO

"I feel so honored to say that our Performing Arts Center shows keep getting better and better. We have an exciting array of performers this season at the Andy Williams Performing Arts Center. There's something for every member of the family," says Jimmy Osmond, the youngest member of the renowned Osmond Family and owner of the theatre. "Along with our main shows that are familiar and loved by our regular Branson visitors, we've added a range of tribute shows and celebrated classic talent for the Celebrity Weekends."

Debra Borden, the Sous Therapist, Mends Marital Discord

For years, Debra Borden paid little attention to the fact that she'd been using cooking as a way to organize, manage, and either emotionally excavate or soothe her experiences. Assembling foods to work through her emotions had always come naturally to her. Eventually, though, she realized that food preparation might have a place in her clinical practice, especially with clients who had a hard time with a one-on-one, direct conversation. So, she became a pioneer in another legitimate modality: cooking therapy.

Tucker & Me: Growing Up a Part-Time Southern Boy

Andrew Harvey doesn't straddle two worlds. He lives fully in both, and he has for the past 50 years. As a child, growing up in the 1960s, Harvey was a product of two vastly different cultures.

Surviving a Monstrous Childhood

"Do you know what I've discovered about being born? It is not for the faint of heart." So says Eleanor L. Tomczyk in Monsters' Throwdown, the first book of a three-part memoir. Tomczyk, a popular humorist blogger, writes, "Even if you're born in the best of families with all your emotional and material needs set in place, it is pretty obvious from the beginning of every human's life that you're entering into a world of hurt."

Secrets of a Professional Animal Communicator

Why is your dog behaving aggressively in the park? How can you get raccoons to stop eating your trash? What will it take to prevent your outdoor cat from mauling the wildlife?

Appetite for Excess

Being a celebrity chef is like being a rock star. The fame, the money, the drugs, and the wild lifestyle can lift a man higher than he'd ever dreamed—or devour him. It's a trap not everyone is able to escape, but for Todd Hall, award-winning chef and restaurateur, escape came at a heavy price. Now in his autobiography, two-time James Beard honoree and former child prodigy Todd Hall opens up about his past, the childhood that forged him, the addictions that almost broke him and the career that saved him. An addictive read about an extraordinary life and the man who survived it, "Appetite for Excess: A Chef's Story" is as large and compelling as the man who lived it and survived.

What Happens when You Spread a Secret?

Can you keep a secret? Neither can Roger, Renaldo, Rico, and the other characters created by Janice Brown, author of the children's book, Rumorang (Blue Forest Press, 2016). But that's okay, because according to Brown, learning about sharing secrets can be great teaching opportunities for parents, educators, and others caregivers of children.

Do the Right Thing During the Holiday Season

"Given the fact the editors of an online dictionary chose 'xenophobia' as their 2016 Word of the Year, I think we can agree that these are challenging times. The presidential election was emotionally charged, and in its wake, the country seems divided. This election has raised the specter of a country divided along many lines – political party, race, religion, ancestry and ethnicity, gender and gender identification, and sexual preference – and the list goes on. Some families didn't even celebrate Thanksgiving together because emotions were too heated. We need to remember what's important, and that is to do the right thing. " So says Arthur M. Lauretano, MD, MS, FACS who is an otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon in the Boston area. He is presently the Medical Director of the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Center and the Medical Director of Inpatient Specialty Services at Lowell General Hospital, where he specializes in thyroid, parathyroid, robotic, and head and neck surgery.