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4 Fast Fun Facts with Contributor Don Butterfield

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Sat, 08/15/2020 - 21:59

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We are a small enough town where people can pitch in and contribute to make a difference. *Don Butterfield
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Get to know Don Butterfield, one of the first contributors for Just the Positive and Director of Business Development for Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital.

We're starting a new series on Just the Positive called "4 Fast Fun Facts," where you learn a little about the fabulous contirbutors to our boucing baby website. For our first edition, we're spotlighting Don Butterfield -- one of our very first contributors and the Director of Business Development for Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital. 

6 Positive (& Practical!) Benefits of Wearing Face Masks

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Thu, 06/18/2020 - 02:28

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Like to smack your gum with your mouth wide open? NO PROB! Just think: Masks make it super easy to chomp your favorite Double Bubble without restraint. (But don’t try to blow a bubble. Because gross.)
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It's not actually fun to wear a face mask -- or is it? Here are some practical reasons why masks may actually be pretty awesome. See if you agree!

I get it: Quarantine fatigue is a thing, and it’s REAL. 

If I'm being honest, I'm tired of it all, too. But considering I'm an editor for Just the Positive (emphasis on “Positive,”), I thought I'd dig deep and offer some much-needed happy talk about my favorite new fashion accessory: face masks!  

I know, I know: They’re uncomfortable. They’re hot. They make your glasses fog up. They ALWAYS need washing. They’re hard to find when you need them.

Positive Steps You Can Take to Support Black Lives Matter

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 06/17/2020 - 21:49

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Intervene where racism persists. Stop people from jokes. Call out what you see. This is taking a moral stance against injustices. * Diaz Dixon
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Community activist Diaz Dixon shares his thoughts on the positive actions we can all take in support of racial equity and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Editor's Note: Beginning the day after the riot in downtown Reno that destroyed property and rocked our community, Diaz Dixon, CEO of the Eddy House and community advocate, took to Facebook Live. 

And every morning since then, he has posted a Facebook Live video with powerful words about racism, the struggles faced daily by people of color and the power of positivity. 

Home (Virtually) Means Nevada

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 06/17/2020 - 02:16

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Watch the Reno Phil Perform Our State Song
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Here's something to watch over and over again: The Reno Philharmonic, offering a socially distanced but still moving rendition of "Home Means Nevada." We love Conductor Laura Jackson's motivational intro, and we can't wait to get back to the Pioneer Center when it's safe and sound! The theme of the 52nd season: "Music Finds a Way." This one definitely found a way into our hearts (and inspired a tear or two, if we're being honest). Enjoy!

Q&A with Reno Photographer Isaac Hoops

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Fri, 05/29/2020 - 14:34

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Capturing Positivity Through Art
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I love the people of Reno. There are so many creative and talented individuals in our city. *Isaac Hoops
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Photographer Isaac Hoops, a UNR student, has been capturing messages of positivity on the Silver Legacy and sharing them with the world.

When someone shares their talents with the world in order to put a smile on people’s faces, we think that’s an action worth celebrating. That’s why we decided to reach out to photographer and UNR student Isaac Hoops, who has been documenting the Silver Legacy’s messages of community support. He shared his work with the world — and even allowed us to use his image as our cover photo on Facebook. Here’s our conversation with Isaac about his art, his background and how he stays positive in the face of a global pandemic. 

Here's to the Magical Moms

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Sun, 05/10/2020 - 04:37

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Celebrating Mother's Day with Words of Gratitude
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“I love that my mom has always been tough as nails — nurses can be like that — but loves deeply and unconditionally." * Devon Reese
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For Mother's Day, we posed this question: "What do you love about your mom?" Here are your heartfelt answers.

My mom has created the world’s most magical backyard. 

I honestly have no idea how she does it. Even during quarantine, she manages to have fairy lights twinkling, hanging baskets overflowing with cascading flowers and an emerald green lawn. My 7-year-old daughter is 100 percent convinced fairies make their home there, and her 46-year-old mom (yes, I’m talking about myself in the third person) just about believes it, too. 

iCelerate – High Sierra Industries Makes Face Masks for Families in Need

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 04/27/2020 - 13:52

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"We identified a need in our community and put our assembly skills to the test to produce more than 1,100 washable face coverings for families." *LaVonne Brooks, CEO iCelerate – High Sierra Industries
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In an effort to help families in need, HSI put their assembly skills to work helping families obtain face coverings through partnerships with Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Custom Ink.

Many Northern Nevadans are developing newfound skills in the art of sewing face masks as a result of the current pandemic. And while healthcare workers, grocery store employees and neighbors are often the recipients, one population is particularly vulnerable when it comes to falling through the cracks for receiving these potentially live-saving tools: families in need. 

To address this important population, iCelerate - High Sierra Industries (HSI) went to work.

Women’s March Offered Chance for Participants to Get Involved

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 01/13/2020 - 20:10

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"I think this is a pivotal moment and time in history for women in our country and globally, as well as those in my beloved state of Nevada." *Janet Serial
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In part dedicated to a celebration of suffrage, the 4th annual Reno Women’s March happened Saturday, Jan. 18. 

Did you know: The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote, a right known as suffrage, on Aug. 18, 1920. 

This means 2020 is the 100th anniversary of this milestone; in part dedicated to a celebration of suffrage, the 4th annual Reno Women’s March happened Saturday, Jan. 18. 

Get the Sleep of Your Dreams

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 10/07/2019 - 14:21

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Positive sleep practices, revealed
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First thing I coach people on how to get better sleep is to get the TV out of the bedroom! If you must screen time, then use blue-blocker glasses...because sometimes a movie after kids go to bed is also known as “date night.” ~ Carolyn D.
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What is sleep hygiene, and how does it contribute to a better night's sleep? Learn more, and also hear from locals as they give tips on positive sleep practices.

Want to know something totally sexy and awesome you can do every single night in order to be your most amazing self? 

SLEEP. 

Sure, it doesn’t sound sexy and awesome — but it is. In fact, it’s so sexy and awesome, there’s even a set of hygiene rules around it. Yes, hygiene

Saving Lives, Leaving a Legacy

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Tue, 09/17/2019 - 13:26

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The Gift of Organ and Tissue Donation
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“You just never know when organ donation is going to affect your family.” ~ John Lilley
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The team at Donor Network West has a heroic goal: to remind people of the importance of a single conversation that can save up to 75 lives. 

Yes, this is an article on a website called “Just the Positive”; so why are we talking about organ/tissue donation, which is presumably something that happens once a person has died? 

Because donation has everything to do with life. 

In fact, every person who registers as a donor has the ability to save or heal eight lives through organ donation and 75 lives through tissue donation. We think those are extraordinarily positive, even heroic numbers. 

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