Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

How Did You Spend Your Extra Hour?

Did you remember to turn your clocks back this weekend? It’s that glorious time of year where we take back that extra hour that was stolen from us last spring. How did you spend your extra hour? My favorite usage of the hour is sleeping. I know it may seem wasteful or sloth-like (one of […]

Let’s do shots!

Ah (choo), the flu season is once again upon us. All the morning TV shows are abuzz with the latest and greatest recommendations for us to get stung in the arm or swabbed up the nose to prevent the flu. And actually, the vaccination doesn’t preclude us from getting the flu; it only lessens the […]

Eat, Pray, Love… Without the Eating.

September 14th at St. Francis Heart Hospital. Nine-month-old Mikey has been in the Pediatric ICU for just a few hours. Earlier in the morning, he had open-heart surgery to close a large hole in his heart.  His family was standing around his bed watching him as he lay in a medicine-induced sleep, a respirator breathing for him, and at […]

Summer is over. I need a cookie.

Labor Day. The official end of summer. This is always a gloomy time of year for me because my kids are going back to school. Some parents can’t wait for that first bell to ring, but I actually enjoy spending time with my children and the relatively stress-free nature of the vacation season. I love the […]

Shut the Front Door!

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” – Mother […]

From Worrier to Warrior in 2 Easy Steps

Ready? #1. Change the O in Worrier to an A. #2. Change the E to O.  WOARRIEOR.  Okay, that was a little simplistic. But there are ways to combat worrying and to empower yourself that are almost as easy. I come from a long line of worriers. Generations in my family have fretted about monumental issues […]

TSA = Try Smiling Anyway

Ah, isn’t it fun to fly?  My favorite part is the security check in…not. It’s just about all I can do to get my shoes off and remove my quart-size bag of cosmetics, hand santizer and other various liquids in their liliputian containers from my purse, while we are herded through the security chute like cattle. All […]

Don’t be silly. Wait, it’s okay.

Yesterday, my kids were dancing through the house singing a song called Bananaphone. It’s a little ditty that is one part “The Name Game,” and another part puns with nonsensical lyrics that would make Dr. Seuss proud. Released years ago by Raffi, beloved children’s entertainer from recent decades, the song is still a big hit with elementary […]

Help the World in Two Seconds or Less

My daughter and I were in Target last weekend browsing the cosmetics when we came across a dress… hanging off a shelf of mascara and eye shadow. Now what is that about? Someone had decided she didn’t want the dress and just left it there, not six feet away from its proper display. I lifted […]

Have your cake and eat it, too.

Yesterday for my birthday, my family baked me a cake. From scratch. And hand-decorated it, too, with those tiny silver cake decorating tips that I loved watching my Mom use to make edible works of art when I was a little girl.  The cake was so beautiful, I didn’t want to eat it. But then […]