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Choose Responsibility?

November 17, 2009 10:10 am Published by Comments Off on Choose Responsibility?

John McCardell just won’t go away. In fact, he’s gaining more visibility. (see “An Amethyst in my Side” blog post)... View Article


A Simpler Time

August 31, 2009 6:55 pm Published by Comments Off on A Simpler Time

In the workshops that Straight Up conducts in local schools, we are being told that, more and more, kids are... View Article


An Amethyst in my Side

July 14, 2009 12:11 pm Published by Comments Off on An Amethyst in my Side

The Amethyst Initiative continues to concern me… For those of you not aware, this initiative has been signed by 135... View Article


Leaders of Tomorrow

June 13, 2009 12:36 pm Published by Comments Off on Leaders of Tomorrow

Straight Up Ventura County held its first ever Leadership Retreat on May 14th, and I was very impressed. Not because... View Article


Poetry for a Cause

February 20, 2009 3:02 pm Published by Comments Off on Poetry for a Cause

The poem that appears below was originally sent via e-mail to numerous recipients across the country, if not the world.... View Article


Beware the Amethyst

January 31, 2009 1:45 pm Published by Comments Off on Beware the Amethyst

The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 is up for renewal next year and there is a movement currently... View Article


A Sober Conversation

October 17, 2008 5:00 am Published by Comments Off on A Sober Conversation

It’s been six months since the needless death of Newbury Park High School student Cody Murphy. Cody, a junior at... View Article