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Linda Lenz's mission is to stop children from trying heroin even once.
Linda Lenz's mission is to stop children from trying heroin even once.

Mom gets active after losing son to heroin

Linda Lenz has got a message for heroin: your days are numbered taking hold of our children.

Lenz, a Muskego resident who lost her son Tony to a heroin overdose in February 2013 is amassing an army to defeat heroin through education and open forum discussion.  She is in part reluctant to accept praise for her efforts and the inspiration she provides.

"If you had told me four years ago that this would be my life, I would have said I would have been catatonic or dead after these tragedies. But, I keep going because I hate injustice and it puts me in warrior mode. It is an energy we have all fallen under and we have to see it through," she says.

Lenz is on the panel of an upcoming summit to highlight the "Heroin Crisis in the Burbs" that will take place on Wednesday, May 7, at The New Berlin West Performing Arts Center and on Monday, May 12, at The Muskego High School Performing Arts Center.

Both programs feature a resource fair that begins at 6:30pm and a presentation at 7 p.m. The purpose is to educate parents about the growing danger of prescription opiates and heroin addiction children face.

For more details be sure to visit Lenz’s StopHeroinWI Facebook Page. (Pre-registration is suggested but not requiredand walk-in availability may be limited, so to sign up – please click HERE.)

Below is a transcript of a conversation I had with Lenz that should be required reading for all parents, but also for anyone concerned about themselves, family members or friends. Lenz generously and extensively answered five questions that will at the very minimum stimulate a quest to know more.

Lindsay Garric: Your Facebook Page "Stop Heroin WI" has 6,506 likes and is constantly growing. The mission is to "Stop children from trying heroin – even once." You have clearly hit a nerve. Please give me a little background information on why this mission is your passion.

Linda Lenz: We lost our older son, Canton, on  Aug. 10, 2010 to a genetic disorder called Vascular Ehlers…

The blood moon's comin'!
The blood moon's comin'!

Get out your crystals and buckle your celestial seatbelts

Tuesday is not only formidable for the obvious tax deadline, but for a far more cosmic reason too. 

The nighttime sky will reveal the "blood moon" or orange "pink full moon" on April 15. This visual phenomenon can be attributed to the beginning of a series of eclipses, each six months apart that will go on through 2015. 

For those of you who don’t follow or buy into this universal "hocus-pocus" like I do, let me please begin to make you aware of what I think is the real power of the moons to exert changes on your energy. (Stars and Moons! Unicorns and Fairies! I sure did just go there. Stop reading now if you don’t want to know why you feel wonky around the full and new moon, or why perhaps you or people around you are feeling anywhere on the spectrum of "out of sorts" to  "charged up" right now.)

For those who require a little more of an expert perspective on this impending astrological happening, this information (well, the "Blood Moon" eclipse and moon cycle info, that is) is available to you on  If that’s not credible enough for you, you can go back to reading your horoscope and doing the word games in the "Good Morning" section now.

I first became aware of the energetic effect of the full and new moons on the physical human body and for those more sensitive – on the emotions, through my practice of Ashtanga Yoga. This style of yoga prescribes rest days on both full and new moons due to the energetic extremes the moon’s gravitational pull exerts on the body.

Since the human body is comprised of up to 70 percent water and water is affected by the moon’s relative position to the sun, it is only natural that we should "feel" something when the two most visible objects in the sky, which both exert gravitational pull, change positions. 

During full moon, most people tend to generally feel more energetic due to the upward and expansive force occurring. When the new moon is the sky, the feeling is typically the opposite – calmer and mo…