Facing the unknown

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Ask a Mental Health Professional Installment #4 By Earle Irwin Question: What should I know or do before I go into the ocean? Response: When I received...

If Dorian trauma continues, there is help

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For Ocracoke news and much more, click here  Ask a Mental Health Professional Installment No. 3 By Earle Irwin Question: Every time I think I got this...

Turning seclusion into something productive

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Ask a mental health professional By Earle Irwin Question: For those of us who live alone, this seclusion required by COVID-19 restrictions can be very lonely....

Mental health professional asks for your questions

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For Ocracoke news and much more, click here  Mental health professional, Earle Irwin, a retired clinical nurse specialist, has been available to all residents of...

You are not alone

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By Earle Irwin Who remembers the 1990 comedy Home Alone? The movie was so wildly successful that four sequels followed into the current decade. Last year, Disney announced...

How to weather this latest storm

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By Earle Irwin Between post-Dorian recovery and COVID-19, many on Ocracoke are asking, “How much more can we take?” While this article does not answer that...

Is NC ready for Coronavirus? What health officials have learned from...

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Editor's note: As of March 3, There have been confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in 15 states. North Carolina is not one of...

How to get a good night’s sleep: Total darkness helps

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For Ocracoke new, click here By T.L. Grace West I have a drape over my bedside lamp to dim it while I read before bed. After...

Why do we feel so good on Ocracoke?

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By TL Grace West What is it about Ocracoke Island that contributes to what sometimes is called “Ocracoma,” feeling relaxed and “oh so good?” Growing scientific...

Some common island plants are toxic to pets

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Health & Wellness May  2015 By TL Grace West Dr. Mark Grossman of the Roanoke Island Animal Clinic in Manteo supplied the following information concerning some plants...