Ash Wednesday

February 22nd, 2012
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I hope everyone had a blast yesterday at whatever Mardi Gras event you might have attended for today is Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent.  You might have let the good times roll too much and are feeling  some pain and discomfort today from too much alcohol, food or lack of sleep but the good news is that you can offer it up as your lenten penance.  OMG, doesn’t that sound like something a Catholic school nun would have told you?

For those of you who are not Catholic, today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, … Read More


February 21st, 2012
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Photo by Lee Gant Four people I know very well are bravely fighting cancer.  Currently, each person has a different kind of cancer and each person is in a different stage of treatment.  Through them, I have become more intimately aware of fighting this horrendous absolutely awful disease and I have learned a tremendous amount about developing resilience from them. Two of the four people recommended a book to me, “Anti-Cancer A New Way of Life,” by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD.  Servan-Schreiber is a scientist and a doctor who was diagnosed with brain cancer seventeen years ago and is currently… Read More

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

February 17th, 2012
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We’ve all played the game of “woulda, shoulda, coulda” and no one ever wins. If you weren’t with your loved one when their death occurred, you might be thinking about all of the things that would be different if you had been there.  You’re thinking about how your present life might be very different if you had been with your loved one at their time of death. You might even think you could have prevented it from happening.  “I could have done more” “If only I had gone for a visit earlier/later in the day,” “I should have stayed with… Read More

Free Your Mind

February 16th, 2012
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When life throws unexpected changes at you and all the cards seem to have been thrown in the air, it could be an opportunity for growth.  Initially, it may not feel like a chance for something good to happen, but with time, something unexpected may reveal itself.  Once you start to feel as though you can manage your feelings, then you can move forward to try something different: volunteer, paint, or play music.  Research has shown that attitude towards oneself and the world is the key to managing stress.  Here is an exercise that I found that might help you change your… Read More

Take Good Care Of My Heart

February 14th, 2012
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Courtesy of United States Postal Service Decades ago, the CEOs of florist, chocolate and card companies must have been having a long liquid lunch and launched the ingenious idea of launching a fun holiday called Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day happens to be one of those holidays that has never been a big deal to me because it always feels forced.  I don’t want someone to give me chocolates, flowers or a card because they feel they have to do what everyone else is doing.  It means a lot more to me when the person I’m romantically involved with comes up… Read More

Whitney Houston

February 13th, 2012
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Whitney Houston & her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Whenever I hear Whitney Houston’s version of the song, “I’m Every Woman,” I feel better. It has everything to do with the way Whitney Houston’s fabulous voice sounds when she sings this song.  It’s not exactly about the lyrics, it’s more about the melody and where she magically takes it.  Even though Chaka Khan recorded the original version of the song and I loved it, Whitney Houston brought something extra to “I’m Every Woman” that can’t be described. Chaka is definitely funky but Whitney is powerful. Over and over as her colleagues in… Read More

Audrey Hepburn

February 10th, 2012
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Dear Friends, We made it to Friday so let’s have some fun! Here’s a quote from the talented and classy actress, Audrey Hepburn: “I believe in pink.” ” I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.” I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.  I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.  I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”                                                                                       ~ Audrey Hepburn… Read More

SWF Seeks Replacement Husband

February 9th, 2012
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I found this touching and beautifully written story, SWF Seeks Replacement Husband, on Hello Grief (, one of the many blogs I follow. As I read it, I can sense the author gathering her inner strength as she transitions from widow to a single woman on the dating scene. It’s not easy out there and I give the author a lot of credit for her honesty. By Hello Grief “Online dating?” I said, trying to keep the sound of horror out of my voice. “Seems impersonal.” “It’s kind of fun,” my colleague was saying. “You write a profile and post… Read More

Aloha! 2012 Philadelphia Flower Show

February 8th, 2012
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If it’s February it means people are ready for a change in the seasons.  The promise of spring is close at hand but not close enough.  It hasn’t been a terribly cold or snowy winter but the blahs have set in and it’s time to get out and see some color. If you’re experiencing cabin fever then sign up for Sibley Hospital’s day trip to The Philadelphia Flower Show, the world’s largest indoor flower show, on Wednesday, March 7.  The 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show theme is the exotic “Islands of Aloha.” Visitors will be able to enter through a… Read More