January 25th, 2012
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 If kale is so good for you then why does it taste so bad?

I am trying to eat more kale this year because everywhere I look I see articles about the incredible health benefits of eating more kale.  Kale is that dark leafy green vegetable that you find in the same section of the grocery store where the lettuce is shelved.  It looks like it would taste good but it’s deceiving.  At least it is to me.

According to WebMD, kale is a powerful antioxidant, kale is high in fiber, kale has zero grams of fat, kale lowers cholesterol, … Read More

Gabby’s Message

January 24th, 2012
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Rep. Giffords hugs Daniel Hernandez, the former intern who saved her life. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is a class act. This past weekend we heard the sad news that Giffords has decided to resign from her congressional seat this week, a little over a year after she was shot in the head at a constituent event in Tucson.  If not for the shooting, Gifford’s life would have followed a different course: she had planned to begin fertility treatments and she wanted to run for the Senate. Giffords doesn’t talk about her plans that have been put on hold.  Instead, she courageously… Read More

Go Giants!

January 23rd, 2012
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Photo Courtesy of NBC Sports I’d like to give a big shout out to the New York Giants who yesterday defeated the San Francisco 49ers and now are going to the Super Bowl!!!!! I know my husband is up there in the big blue sky with a big smile on his face, celebrating in his own heavenly way.  It’s funny how many text messages I received while watching the game commenting about his supposed involvement with the Giants as though he could make the game go one way or the other.  But once the championship game went into overtime, even… Read More

Insight from Bridesmaids

January 20th, 2012
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One of the reasons the movie, Bridesmaids, is such a run-away hit is that women either know one of the characters or they see themselves in one of the characters. It’s also an insightful movie about the ups and downs of female friendships. Multi-talented comedian Kristen Wiig plays Annie, a 30ish, single young woman who has hit a rough spot in her life.  Nothing is working.  Her boyfriend uses her, she gets fired from her job, her car breaks down all the time, she moves in with her mother and on top of all that her best friend is getting… Read More

Discovering The Silver Pen

January 18th, 2012
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A close relative just shared this insightful poem with me and my first reaction to it is that  J. Hendel totally nailed it! This poem and others can be found on a beautiful website called The Silver Pen (www.thesilverpen.com).  When I first logged on to The Silver Pen a few days ago, I wondered how I could have missed knowing about this great site since it has been on the internet for a little over three years.  Things like this make me nervous because I start to wonder what else is out there that I don’t know about.  Oh well…I’m… Read More

Sandy Gingras

January 17th, 2012
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Art by Sandy Gingras I love Sandy Gingras because she is a beach woman just like me!!!! She understands the magical pull of the ocean, the sand and the sun and her whimsical art reflects the need that a lot of us feel. I am happy to be at the beach any time of the year.  Even when it’s winter and it’s freezing outside, I still think about the ocean a lot.  I need to listen to the cleansing sound of the waves and feel the wind on my face.  Our family went to the ocean for a few days… Read More

Tips For The Early Days of Grief

January 16th, 2012
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Photo By Patti Raab A family I know lost their brother right before Christmas and now the same family has suddenly lost their father.  I can’t imagine the waves of shock, pain, anger, despair and confusion they are engulfed in now as they try to work their way through another intense grieving process. Please include them in your thoughts and prayers.  The following article is dedicated to them: The Early Days: Surviving the First Few Days of Bereavement By Greg Wright What are the most important things to know during the first few weeks of bereavement?  Several months ago, my… Read More


January 14th, 2012
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I’m at the cemetery recently picking up the weatherbeaten Christmas wreath I placed on my husband’s marker weeks ago and I spy four empty Heinekein bottles lying in a puddle of water on a nearby marker. My, my…What do we have here? I’d like to think it was someone’s birthday and four friends or relatives came to celebrate, sing and raise one for their family member or friend. Or maybe one person came and had a good time drinking four beers while talking and singing to their loved one. Either way the empty beer bottles don’t bother me at all.  … Read More

Get On Your Marks!

January 11th, 2012
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Today is your starting line. Think about all the good intentions or projects/ideas you keep in the back of your brain with the goal of pursuing them some day when you get more time.  You really want to make these things happen but it always seems that something gets in the way and the ideas remain just ideas; the creative thoughts are something to be developed in the future, and you just don’t get started. Today is diffferent.  Today is the day you kick yourself out of the box and you take the first step in researching, investigation or brainstorming. … Read More