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  • Celebrating America’s Birthday

    7/4/2015 4:16:31 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    Grandma always said that Independence Day was America’s birthday and we liked to celebrate it with music (as well as parades, picnics and fireworks). I wanted to give you samples of some of my favorites by American (mostly) composers. I’ve tried to give you links as well. One of ... Read more


    6/30/2015 2:28:59 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    “The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way you use them.” I remember the first time I heard this saying. I had arrived at a huge stumbling block in my life. In fact it had stopped me cold. I was stuck and didn’t want to be -- but I couldn’t see... Read more

  • My Favorite Quick Get Away

    6/23/2015 11:33:11 PM, by CJWORDPLAY

    I live where I can see the majestic Mt. Hood. For as long as I can remember it has been a calming influence on me. There is something stabilizing about knowing that wherever I am driving, I can come around a corner and be gifted with a view of this always beautiful mountain. It never fails ... Read more


    6/21/2015 3:09:04 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    Here it is – the special day we have set aside to celebrate fathers. Many thoughts come to mind when we say the word “father”. We use it to designate our biological or adopted father. We describe our ancestors as our fore-fathers. We look to the oldest and wisest as fathers ... Read more

  • One Day of Healthy Recipes

    6/16/2015 3:02:57 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    A good day starts with breakfast, especially when breakfast includes chocolate. CHOCOLATE BANANA OATMEAL This recipe is quick, easy, requires no cooking and includes protein, grains (can be gluten-free) and fruit. All it requires is a banana, some protein powder, cocoa and oat... Read more

  • Self-Care 101

    6/10/2015 1:15:32 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    It has taken many years for me to realize the wisdom of self-care. I come from a tradition that honors submerging one’s own needs to meet the demands of others. I received praise for ignoring myself and was scolded for being selfish or self-indulgent if I chose to do something that honored... Read more