Vulnerability

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

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

Life According to Winnie the Pooh

February 7th, 2012
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“What day is it,?” asked Pooh. “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh.” I have a soft spot in my heart for Winnie the Pooh and all of his friends in the Hundred-Acre Wood.  It reminds me of a more innocent time when my son was a child and he would sit in my lap or his father’s lap and we would read Winnie the Pooh aloud to him.  I’m going to date myself now, but we also had Winnie the Pooh tapes to pop in the VCR (no CD’s then) and watching Pooh and especially Tigger together… Read More

Good Karma

January 27th, 2012
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Photo by Eileen Milner I am not a Buddhist but I do believe in karma. Building up good karma in the great big ‘ole universe of spirituality reminds me of what Catholics think of as corporal and spiritual works of mercy.  Karma is the universal law of cause and effect.  Most people try to do good deeds because it makes them feel they have helped someone else and also because it’s the right thing to do. When it comes to doing bad things, we all try our best to minimize the bad karma we put out there.  It sounds so… Read More

Kale-Full

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

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

Gabby Giffords

January 7th, 2012
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Photo by CBSNews.com If you Google the word resilient, you will find yourself reading about Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-AZ. Resilience is the ability to recover from a crisis, a dramatic life change or even failure.  Some people are born with resilience and others develop it. Resilience is when life hands you an awful situation and you turn it into an opportunity to learn or develop something about yourself. Resilience is digging down deep within ourselves and finding the resources to cope with a changed life. To me, this is the essence of Gabby Giffords. One year ago tomorrow, Giffords was… Read More