Police and Firefighter joined by Mariann rescue a Blue Herring.

Every day I walk and see this beautiful bird. He has gotten used to me taking his picture. However, the other day he was flying about, catching fish, walking, looking at the water when… boom, he fell in a hole. I told the firefighter I was with to run into the hotel and grab a sheet. He remembered the goose rescue and took off in a hurry. I had helped with a goose rescue a few weeks prior. However, in a crunch, I still did not know who to call. It’s 911 – for the Police – who are Police Officers with additional training to become Animal Protection Officers. The Wildlife Rescue was pleased with what we said. The rehabilitators will be notified by the veterinarians or Animal Protection Officers if they are needed. The tag team firefighter and Police Officer were great. They rescued my beautiful friend. I wish I was brave enough to have gone over and pulled out his feet but he was flapping those big wings pretty hard and squawking. We like each other from afar. The 911 Operator explained the Police were on their way just to hang on as the bird laid his head down. I did see him yesterday, he squawked at me. Did he know it was me? Did he thank me? Look to the sky, you may see him. He is beautiful and free.

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Pediatric Cardiologist shares his Journey for HOSA Students

Dr. Patrick Callahan shares the wake-up call he had during his first semester of college. He believes being a doctor is more than a dream. It requires a strong work ethic, dedication, a high IQ, and a desire to help people. Do not become a doctor based on the drama of Grey’s Anatomy or the expectation to become rich or have a lot of free time. It is a very demanding profession and it has to be based on your calling to help children if you want to be a Pediatric Cardiologist like him. We at Teen Say hope his journey helps you figure out yours.

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July 14, 2020

Good Morning,

It’s summer. ¬†Happy 4th of July. What did you do? Our family stayed together and did a dance party and had fireworks. Usually, my adult kids go out. They stayed with us, it was awesome. It was the best 4th I have ever had. I will never forget it.¬† Graduation was more memorable. I loved the Parade our neighborhood and family did. The World is not a disaster. We just have to make new norms. We are not robots. We just have to be clean and wear masks. We can make cool masks. It’s a closer world from an emotional standpoint yet more distant from the run around robot race. We all thought Covid19 would go away by now. We prayed for a cure. It’s a bit crazy! We are used to pushing a button and if it does not appear within a few seconds, we click again. The World feels broken but we can fix it by listening and being patient. We are making history. We can invent things and traditions. I want a studio audience but zoom can take me to NY or California for interviews. Teen Say can go worldwide. We all have to be patient and make things new and exciting. It’s a whole New World. Teen Say was just on Outside the Classroom with Ryan Miller from WJLA. Wow! New opportunities exist for us. New dreams can come true. Lights, Camera, Action!!! Get started on a new or old dream.

By the way…People trying to get covid19 are really pushing their fate. It’s uncertain why certain people get so sick or even die from it. It is not a predictable virus thus far. There is so much to learn. Scientists are learning as fast as they can but… give them some time. Take some time to catch your breath.

We must take this time to calm down and remember the prisoners we spoke about in March. They can’t watch TV, Shop and play video games or zoom all day. They are locked up. You are free to go outside and exercise. You can go to Starbucks or your favorite fast food place but you must wear a mask. You can go to the stores that have opened back up¬† but you must wear a mask and sanitize your hands, clorox your phone, keys and inner car compartment a lot. Buy alcohol wipes in boxes if easier to carry little packets. Costco sells them or did. Be aware of where you touch. Put paint on your hands and do the test little kids are being shown. You have the time. It makes for a great Tik Tok video. When I go to the store, if I touch a shirt, I santitize my hands.¬† I wear the medical masks from Party City. They are great. I can breathe. They fold up easily. They don’t fall off my face. You can bend the nose part. The ear part fits. These masks are important. Find the one that works for you. Don’t play with your masks in the store. I had a cool July 4th mask Sylvia made me. She is our Social Worker expert. Catch her on our shows.

I use Party City’s sanitizer too because they were the only ones who had it when I needed it. I put a big bottle in my cup holder and use it often like lotion. It’s a new habit. I put the small ones from Wegmans in my pocket or attach it to my purse.

I buy a lot of banners from Oriental Trader and try to make a lot of social distance birthdays or events memorable. Check out our truck in the Graduation Parade. I buy a lot of balloons from Party City because they were doing curbside pick up during quarantine. I love balloons. They are better than flowers. They brighten a day up. I used to tell my kids if their balloon flew away to make a wish. We would let old balloons go and make wishes too. Let’s all make some wishes for a cure together. Hopefully, God will hear us and say we have had enough but until then…find new ways to do things. It’s challenging…we are alive not robots.

What is going on with your School next year? What about sports? What are you doing for the rest of the summer? Have you had covid19? Anyone you know die from covid19? Share your stories….

We at Teen Say want to hear from you. We need to educate you. What do you want to learn? Email us and let’s zoom. Mariann.teensay@gmail.com. If you are under 18 Parents need to zoom for a second to give permission.


Poem by Mariann DiMattina  (1978) after my Grandfather died

We’re Not Immortal

Afraid of  Death, As we shuffle through the Funeral Parlor Door.

Kneel to Pray for the body that once had a soul.

We Pray to God for our loved one to be in heaven;

We ask God for a sign from heaven and Strength to carry on; knowing we are not immortal.

We cry for the return of our loved one.

We cry in fear of the unknown ….

seen through our lost loved one’s closed eyes.


I came to your house, you smiled.

I left, you cried.

I said I’d return,

God said you couldn’t wait.

Love you forever!


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2020 High School Graduates Survive Pandemic!

Stonebridge HS Graduates of 2020 share how they feel about the Pandemic, Coronavirus, Graduation and the disappointment of losing Spring Sports. They survive with a Stock Business and Door Dash. They appreciate their siblings at a time like this…Parking Lot Meetings with Friends make a difference too. Firefighters/First Responders thank you!

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Yearbooks being Passed Around the World!

Sign A Yearbook

Coronavirus…The Class of 2020 will Soar and be Unique. Graduates will be recognized. Due to Social Distancing Students are unable to pass around their yearbooks at school. So let’s get them virtual signatures and advice to treasure. High School students will print their Virtual Signatures from relatives in other states or even countries as well as HS friends near or far. Write something special to inspire the quarantined graduate.
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The Social Worker Journey for HOSA Students

Future Social Workers listen to this Worldly Licensed Social Worker share her advice to you High School and College Students. It is not a 9-5 job. It is more than listening to problems. One must gain experience thus become seasoned before they open their own practice. Let us know what you think of our 50 Shades of Grey show with Sylvia as our expert as well.

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Teens’ Emotional Emergence

Teens and Parents, Coronavirus has made us feel real emotions, we are no longer robots. This Worldly Social Worker has a lot of knowledge to share. Please share our video to help others. Thank you, Sylvia Hydash,¬† you make the world a better place.¬† We are all in this together! Teens and Parents…email us if you have a show idea or need anything. I will find you someone to talk to. Journal, it is so therapeutic. Take it from your mind to the paper and clean out your head. You are never alone! Make a difference…even your heartache could help someone else!

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The Priest Said What?

The World is no longer filled with Robots! The Reset Button has been Hit! Father Costas: Is the World Ending? Is God Punishing Us? Were you afraid to die when you had Coronavirus? Do you believe in Destiny? Can a Greek Orthodox Priest get married and have a family?

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Yearbook Online…Special Words for Success!!!!

The Class of 2020 deserves recognition for being Worldly. Parents and Teens send in your special notes to your Seniors and we will Build a Page and Post it! Teens you need a waiver from your parents. Write in their Yearbooks here.


Class of 2020, we at Teen Say know…You are Special and have United the World in your Graduation. You have become a Worldly Class United by Separation and Social Media. You talk deeper, you feel more; you relate more, you want to do more and You are no longer Robots in Motion. Make a Difference! Choose one: 1. in your friends’ lives, 2. families’ lives¬† 3. your own life 4. In the world.

Seniors, you will be the most Successful Class of Leaders due to your Worldly Experiences. You grew up overnight. You are more responsible and accountable than any other class as a whole. Here are Virtual Cheers from all over the world! Go Make a Difference! Enjoy your¬† College Journey and Rollercoaster Ride of Life. You have learned the most difficult task…how to adapt to change. Change the World! Some of you have already begun! There is something Unique about each one of you. You have special gifts from God. Use them! You are the One and Only – You!


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Fifty Shades Film Trilogy will air Saturday

Does Fifty Shades of Grey influence Teens? Hear what the girls outside Don Tito’s in Arlington have to say. It was destiny, that the young girls asked about the movie had written a paper on it. What are the odds? Hear a licensed Social Worker respond to Mariann’s questions.¬†In real life, could Christian Grey really change? Will young couples start abusing one another for thrills? Can material gifts really make a difference in one’s values?

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Teens – Keep your Parents Looking Good!

There are so many choices at Costco…I had to call Teen Say’s Friend from Poison Control. Pela, which vitamin do I buy? Will this one really help my hair and nails grow? Will this one really make my skin tighter? Oh my goodness, my head was spinning. Is there one ingredient in this vitamin or cream that is a must? Pela and Razi answer these questions and more on the “Preserve Your Parents” special. What is the secret ingredient needed to keep parents looking young? I decided we needed to do a show. We needed to help teens preserve their parents. After all, we parents have to look good at our kids’ future weddings. These are some questions I heard at Teen Say. What can I get my parents for Valentine’s Day Mariann? Oh, I knew right away. We needed to give parents a special education as a gift from their teens and Teen Say. I called Poison Control and asked Pela to join us. I called Mynd Spa and Salon and asked them for an expert to help us with the thousands of cream choices. They sent me Razi, an Esthetician to answer all my questions. The market is flooded with choices so the only thing we can do is ask the experts. Happy Valentine’s Day! We gave teens special advice if they didn’t have a valentine. It was time to start training for a race or volunteering to make a difference. Every time we give from our heart, we engage our heart. It feels like a blessing.

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Fun or Challenging Run?

Shut the Computer! Get off the couch! Exercise is a Strong Recommendation right now. Exercise helps your immune system. You still have some quarantine time to make a difference in your health and get an exercise routine in play. Listen to the Chief of Pediatric Cardiology from INOVA Hospital. Exercise has always been a recommendation from the medical field.

Happy Spring! It’s awesome outside. Get out there! Wear your mask if you are in a busy area. Run! Bike! Play Soccer, Football, Kickball or Volleyball in your backyard with your family.

Get your Parents outside with you! Push them! Teach them – if they need guidance. They may resist but you must persist. Start slow. Haha

Are you hanging out with siblings? If you have a sibling close to your age, you have a friend to hang out with and work out with. Inspire one another or get competitive just like my 4 kids have always done. We know a lot of athletic families that break running records and push one another to do races. It has made them better athletes. They hold each other accountable. They teach one another how to achieve more. If you have a younger sibling, you can be a Coach now. It’s great to have this time together. Make the best of it. You will make bonds and memories that will carry you through difficult times in life.

Are you lifting? Is it leg day? The Rock claims, it is always leg day. Are you working out? If you are an athlete, you should consider creating Videos for friends to inspire and challenge them? My daughter is creating Spartan Video Challenges for her friends. Tictoc videos are fun to make, fun to watch and inspire her friends. Make a Difference out there! You will feel better!

Are you working out, doing gym videos or working out with Beach Body Videos? Patrick Callahan is a Pediatric Cardiologist in the Fairfax area. He teaches Beach Body hardcore. He can help you get in your best shape or lose weight. Oh, he will challenge your endurance! Let us know if you need his info.

Sign up for a Spartan, Beast, Tough Mudder, 24-hour Tough Mudder or a fun Color in Motion. Have Fun! Be a Beast! Get out there! Get in Shape! Come out of this Quarantine and make people Say….Wow! Who is that? Make a new exercise and practice routine. Summer Bodies in Training.

Is your body ready?

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