Caregiving And Magical Thinking

April 1st, 2016
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When I typed “caregiving” into the Google search bar the following phrases immediately came up:

Caregiving is difficult

Caregiving is ruining my marriage

Caregiving is a thankless job

Caregiving is killing me

Wow!.  More and more families are faced with issues of caregiving and are feeling the physical and emotional drain of it no matter how much you care about and love the person you are trying to help.

Caregiving can be rewarding in surprising ways but it also can be challenging in ways you never imagined.

I come from a large family and I really can’t remember a time … Read More

Thriving In Fresh Air

March 28th, 2016
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  Fresh air is necessary.  It delivers oxygen and new thoughts to our souls and helps us begin again. It’s that feeling that you get when you have been working inside for awhile and then you go outside, take a really deep breath and feel renewed. Yes.  I think I can go on. Fresh air.  Open the windows and let old frustrations escape and fly away while welcoming the new fresh spring air. We need it for our well being to grow and thrive. Fresh air gives us strength and resolve to stay on track. I came upon this uplifting… Read More

Sweating For The Wedding

March 24th, 2016
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Jelly beans.  Cookies.  Cakes.  They are all calling out. Especially the jelly beans.  They are like crack for me.  There is a guy in my office who gave up chocolate for Lent and now he has a bowl of jelly beans on his desk which he continues to constantly refresh when the contents get low.  Ugh!  To me, that is just replacing one kind of sugar for another but oh well; each to his own. Anyway, I can’t tell you the amount of self control it takes for me to deny myself the jelly beans as I walk past his… Read More

Everyone’s A Paddy Today!

March 17th, 2016
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    When my son was in kindergarten, his wonderful teacher had a great way for the children to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. She took all of the last names of the boys and girls in his class and wrote them on shamrocks made of green construction paper and then as an added surprise, she added either “Mc” or “O'” in front of the names to make everyone feel they were Irish.  Just to give you an idea, Smith would become McSmith or O’Smith.  Then she taped the shamrocks to the front of the kindergarten entrance for the whole school… Read More

A Graceful Monday

March 14th, 2016
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Shhhh….something tells me it’s Monday. I’m feeling mellow this morning and perhaps this has something to do with turning the clocks forward this past weekend and losing an hour as we spring forward in to daylight savings time.  I totally love the longer day, full of more daylight and opportunities to socialize outdoors, but I have to admit that it is a bit of an adjustment for the body, especially in the beginning. I’m moving a bit slowly today as I’m sure you might be too.  Sort of like molasses or even like a garden snail. Spring will arrive soon… Read More

Pat Conroy

March 11th, 2016
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Photo Courtesy of CNN The most powerful words in English are ‘Tell me a story’  ~ Pat Conroy In the midst of all the hurly burly reporting of election politics that’s boldly been crowding our daily headlines,  there was a sad piece of human news last weekend that I felt got lost in the shuffle: Pat Conroy, a courageous man and super talented writer, lost his battle to cancer and died at the age of 70. I say courageous because that’s the first word that comes to my mind when I think of him and his unusual ability to intimately… Read More

Dreamy Monday Music

March 7th, 2016
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  I was cleaning out my car over the weekend and found a Vanessa Williams CD under one of the car seats that I used to play all the time.  Don’t you love it when you unexpectedly find things that you forgot about?  I think the best surprise is when you put on a jacket or a coat you haven’t worn in awhile and you find money in the pockets.  Yes! Isn’t that a great feeling? In any case, getting back to my newly found CD, music is always a great friend.  Every morning as I drive to work, I… Read More

Friday Is Special

March 4th, 2016
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Fridays are special and let me count some of the reasons why: — end of the work week — beginning of the weekend — hopeful — full of possibility — triggers need to hum, sing, dance or all three! — time to get together with family or friends — relax by thinking of inspiring thoughts such as the following two I recently discovered: Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. ~ Lao-Tzu I do not at all understand the mystery of grace… Read More

Let Them Eat Cake

February 29th, 2016
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A Variety of Wedding Cakes Weddings are the ultimate in family celebrations and June 11 is the big day for my son and his wonderful fiancé! As many of you already know, wedding planning is made up of hundred of decisions, large and small and as with most things life, the process is so different from when I got married decades ago. I mean this in a good way because now there are more choices about invitations, places to get married and of course, the cake which makes the wedding feel that much more personal, reflecting the styles of the… Read More